By Alida Petrella
My mother loves to see her family enjoy a meal. Every day when I was growing up, she would make food from scratch; we always had fresh-baked bread, veggies from the garden and homemade tomato sauce and pizza. Meals after church on Sunday were truly a treat, with more than enough homemade pasta, pizza and roast on the table to feed the neighbourhood, it seemed. It was almost a sin how much food we had, but that’s the Italian way and we always managed to eat everything. Watching us devour every dish put a smile on my mother’s face.
By Ray Ramalho
I have vague memories of my early years in Guyana. Born at the height of the Second World War, though, I remember food being scarce, particularly flour. Fast forward to the mid-1980s and flour is in abundance at the Pizza Pizza store in Brampton, Ont., my family runs. Although I’m now retired, I’m proof a newcomer to Canada can be their own boss, thanks to plenty of determination, a good work ethic and the support of a strong team.
Food-service franchise system McDonald’s Canada recently added the Mighty Angus hamburger to its permanent menu—the first premium burger to be introduced since 2012. The recipe for the Mighty Angus was finalized with the help of Canadian taste-testers.
Food service franchisor Browns Restaurant Group (BRG) has opened its first London Bull franchise in Langley, B.C. London Bull is the first of many restaurant concepts BRG has under development. It is a full-service, saloon-style restaurant and traditional pub.
‘Build-your-own’ fast-casual pizzeria franchisor Blaze Pizza will soon open its first international franchise near Toronto’s Dundas Square. The franchise, set to open in September, was designed by architect Ana Henton, who included an oversized wall graphic of the Toronto skyline.
Food-service franchise system Carl’s Jr. continues its Canadian expansion with the opening of a new restaurant in Regina. Ernie and Robyn Kouros of ERA Holdings, who own the rights to Carl’s Jr. in Saskatchewan, are operating the franchise at 1920 Victoria Avenue East.