Suburban food festivals, the Ritz bites the dust, Ottawa chefs come to Toronto

Suburban food festivals, the Ritz bites the dust, Ottawa chefs come to Toronto

The Ritz that never was 

• David Rocco and Jamie Oliver taught us the importance of nutritious meals for kids, but obsessing over their diets could in fact be detrimental to their health. [National Post]

• Plans have been nixed for the construction of Vancouver’s Ritz-Carlton skyscraper. Toronto’s Wellington Street location—complete with high-end restaurant—is progressing toward its 2010 opening. [Globe & Mail]

• Winter prix-fixes aren’t just available to downtowners this year. Two Vaughan foodie festivals—SavourVaughan and Beyond Restaurant Week—are underway. [YorkRegion.com]

• Unpaid overtime, late nights and unpredictable shifts—few customers know what happens on the other side of restaurants’ kitchen doors. [Toronto Star]

• Ottawa isn’t regarded as a major player on the country’s food scene, but its chefs are trying to change that. Next week they’ll be heading to Toronto en masse to show off their culinary talent. [Ottawa Citizen]