While we love, and I mean love, our local eateries, we can’t help but notice some seriously buzz-worthy food and beverage brands entering Canada’s food chat this year.

Check out these international restaurant concepts that opened in Canada for the first time ever, or will do so imminently.

Insomnia Cookies

Here’s some sweet news for cookie lovers in our country: Insomnia Cookies has revealed that plans to expand into Canada are in the works.

The US-based brand is known for its cult following due to its warm cookies, baked goods, and ice cream, all available late-night in-store and via

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Chef-Driven Plant-Based CPG Invites Natural Products Expo West attendees to
#grabyourslice at Wicked Kitchen Food Truck on the Grand Plaza, and booth #383 in Hall A

ANAHEIM, Calif., March 7, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Wicked Kitchen, a 100% plant-based, flavor-forward global food brand with an expansive range of chef-created consumer packaged goods, adds Birthday Cake ice cream pints along with three new heat-and-eat stews and three new mac & cheeze flavors to its extensive product lineup in the U.S. as the company forges ahead in high growth mode.

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Amid beating drums, representing Mother Earth’s heartbeat, and people dressed in traditional garments, like the iconic long ribbon skirts reaching to absorb earth’s energy, aromas of food wafted through the field house of Conestoga College’s Student Recreation Centre last weekend.

The 13th annual powwow drew thousands of visitors to celebrate Indigenous culture, said Christina Restoule, manager of Indigenous Services at the Doon Campus. 

“Be-Dah-Bin Gamik,” which translates to “place of new beginnings,” provides services to the College’s Indigenous students, including status and non-status First Nations, Métis and Inuit.

“2020 was our last in-person powwow. The last two years were virtual,

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Explore one of France’s storied wine regions with a professional whose job it is to know the Champagne region inside and out: Victoria James, once the youngest sommelier in the world. Now the director of beverage at Gracious Hospitality Management, the restaurant group behind Michelin-starred COTE, cocktail bar UNDERCOTE, and COTE Wine Club, James’s beverage programs have received a James Beard nomination for Outstanding Wine Program two years in a row. She has curated an itinerary of the only place in the world where Champagne is produced, filled with acclaimed, generations-old vintners big and small. Then you’ll visit Paris’s Left

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