Little Bites: Tastes from Isolation

A free virtual cookbook featuring food-people and restaurants from throughout Wellington County, Ontario. We’ll roll out submitted recipe pages two at a time throughout May and into June. These downloadable *pairings* will continue until the book is complete and housed online here for you to access as a whole towards the beginning of June 2020. All art and layout by Jenna Kessler jennakessler.com

#IsoCookbook is well done

Little Bites: Tastes from Isolation cookbook is alive Taste Detours began working on this book in mid-March 2020 when COVID stunned us all into a radical change of lifestyle — of living — and in our case, a 100% shut down of tours. By mid-April, we had signed on with Jenna Kessler to illustrate the cookbook, and the…

Little Bites: Tastes from Isolation

Through this #IsoCookbook, we’ve attempted to continue a conversation similar to one we’d be having together across a table on our tours. We gain a bit of insight into who these people are, and why they chose a particular recipe to represent themselves. This is our chance to hear their stories. To download these recipes…

The Conscious Kitchen

Our mission is to create a community-based hub that connects people who care about where their food’s coming from, who’s growing and making it, and how it’s impacting the planet. We want to change the food system for the better, and that starts with making sustainable food more accessible and easy for consumers to access.

Guelph Caribbean Cuisine

A true taste of Trinidadian street food — doubles, traditionally made Roti and curry with their own special blend of fresh seasonings and pepper sauce. Everything is made in house.

[RE]Fresh Juice Co. + Shannon Doherty

We know first-hand that great food brings people together. As life-long friends, we’ve always bonded over our shared passions for cooking and health, and our drive to share the value of healthy eating with our families.  I am obsessed with food both sweet and savoury but I find myself often giving into my sweet tooth.

The Friendly Society + Polestar Hearth

…a romantic night out with classy cocktails, and a stunning river view. Since opening in July 2019, The Friendly Society has quickly established itself as a destination in Elora. Polestar Hearth makes good bread right in the heart of Guelph, Ontario

Jewels Under the Kilt + FRED’s FOOD Co.

…we planted 100 trees. The nuts tasted great.  We loved living off the land. We gave them to our friends and neighbours, and for 2 years I would farm, cook and create recipes with our home grown nuts. FRED’S focuses on quality comfort foods with an emphasis on seasonal produce. Everything that is sold in the…

Being isolated and quarantined makes cooking a social affair

We’re isolated, we’re quarantined – and we’re hungry for really good recipes. Being isolated doesn’t mean we’re alone in our quest for delicious, nutritious meals, and – let’s face it – it seems everyone has jumped on the culinary bandwagon to create mouth-watering works of art that are being shared on all levels of social…

Chef Scotty + Bin 23 Restaurant

When you get a chance to see Chef Scotty, always remember his tag line… “What Love Tastes Like” Bin 23 offers a unique dining experience with a seasonal menu options from locally sourced farms, bakery’s, grocers & distributors as well as daily features and desserts all made in-house.

Eric the Baker

It’s as if Eric and Paula have been on Carden Street for decades — like dear old friends who make you the best food. When they take time off there are nose prints on the windows from all of us willing them back.

Elora Mercantile

A visit to Elora Mercantile is like opening the door to a secret trove of treasures. Made by Patti or Michèle or a local artisan, EMs products have been sourced with care for the producer, the consumer and the environment top-of-mind.

Interview with Jan Hamilton of Rogers TV about IsoCookbook

Taste Detours provides award-winning, locally flavoured food tours in Guelph and Elora that tell stories of people and places via food and drink. Chief Epicurean Officer Lynn Broughton talks with Rogers tv’s Jan Hamilton about the impact of the pandemic on her business and how she’s found a unique way to support the many restaurants and food…

Retour Bistro + Tithorea

Today’s recipe pairings offer you tastes of both Lebanon and Greece. From Retour Bistro in Guelph, a Mouttabal, and from Tithorea in Rockwood, Spanakopitakia.

The Wooly Pub + Emily Richards

A Reuben Sandwich from The Wooly Pub and Emily Richards straightforward Cinnamon Bun seem like a Covid-Sunday pairing that’s all about comfort food.

Na-Ha-Thai’s Kitchen

The taste of Thai food comes mainly from a wide range of ingredients. The blending of spices & herbs, fresh vegetables, variety of meats, coconut milk, fish sauce, soy sauce, palm sugar, and curry paste which vary from region to region contributes to the harmonious tastes unique to each dish.

Local restaurants collaborate for free online cookbook

Gyoza hands
Little Bites: Tastes from Isolation was created in an effort to help local restaurants share their food and Taste Detours tell their stories. While many are polishing their cooking skills during the lockdown, Taste Detours is releasing recipes from restaurants across Guelph, Elora and Wellington County for free.  Taste Detours founder Lynn Broughton’s initiative Little Bites:…

Elora Bread Trading Co. + Diana Downtown

We visit Elora for some seedy sourdough that harnesses the power of local ingredients, and then to Guelph, where family traditions that began in Pakistan flavour this Aloo Gobi.

Gin Mill Guelph + Creelman Hall

A cocktail from Gin Mill Guelph that’s the Bees Knees, and a mouth-watering Lamb Burger from Exhibition Stadium at Creelman Hall, U of Guelph

Miijidaa Café & Bistro

A Cool as a Cucumber Cocktail and a modern spin on a traditional French-Canadian Tourtière. Two recipes that feature Miijidaa Cafe & Bistro’s favourite things: Canadian ingredients that honour our northern gastronomic history

Atmosphere Cafe + The Olive Experience

Chef Shawn of Atmosphere Café + etc. has offered his popular Braised Lamb Shanks recipe and The Olive Experience shows us how to use some of their oils and balsamics with Chipotle Lime Roasted Cauliflower Bites

Crafty Ramen + La FONTANA

A modern take on a traditional family recipe for Gyoza from Crafty Ramen in Guelph, and healthy, homemade Pasta in Kale Pesto from La Fontana, Elora.

Our COVID-19 plan

Sitting separately at a cafe
Dear friends, We have temporarily suspended all Taste Detours touring operations. Our gatherings are always small but they require meeting in public places where social distancing standards might be challenging. We want to do our part to flatten the curve of COVID-19 spread. When the time is right to re-open, our community will be the first…

Fall for Taste

Our pre-holiday newsletter Good day food friends! It’s been a busy and beautiful Fall in Wellington County so far. We’re just past our 4th Birthday, and very proud to be on the verge of touring almost 1600 people. Guests ranging from 9 countries, 11 U.S. States, and 9 Canadian provinces. A reminder that all of these repeat visitors…

Finalist Ontario Tourism Awards!

Ontario Tourism Awards
As a category of the Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence, these awards recognize tourism industry successes by honouring organizations and individuals who have made significant contributions to tourism in the province. We are thrilled and honoured! Read on: https://ontarioculinary.com/meet-the-finalists-of-the-2019-ontario-culinary-tourism-awards/

Feast + Flavour Guelph

We embarked on a photo journey in 2019, entitled Feast + Flavour Guelph in which we hired Storymaker Photography for shoots spanning three seasons. The shoots (will) ocurred outdoors throughout the year in order to capture a variety of Guelph businesses, culture, food and people and landscapes; emphasizing the diversity of food and tourism experiences to…

Taste Detours launches The Grand Food Tour in Elora

Food Tour Elora
“It feels natural to have our tours in both Guelph in Elora. There are shared agricultural roots within Wellington County, even historic connections. Telling these stories through food and drink — connecting our regional flavours, even slowing down and connecting people with each other — is the very essence of Taste Detours,” she said. “Elora’s vitality…

Taste Detours now offering food tours in Elora

Food Tour Elora
“It feels natural to have our tours in both Guelph in Elora. There are shared agricultural roots within Wellington County, even historic connections. Telling these stories through food and drink — connecting our regional flavours, even slowing down and connecting people with each other — is the very essence of Taste Detours.” says Broughton. “Elora’s vitality is evident with every…

Telling Guelph’s stories through the food we share

Lynn Broughton has taken many detours on her way to Guelph and picked up a wealth of cultural and culinary experience in the process. “I love eating with strangers,” said Broughton. “I really like meeting people and finding out their stories, sort of digging for those hidden gems.” Broughton is the founder of Taste Detours,…

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