Food

The fall harvest is such a gorgeous time of year with its diverse colours spreading across the countryside, prompting Kingston’s culinary scene to feature an enticing array of vibrant mouth-watering offerings to match. With many of Kingston’s creative culinarians layering ingredients from local farms and producers into their menus, a wide selection of seasonal items guarantee a smorgasbord of tasty delights will be discovered throughout the city. Let’s dig in and see what some of Kingston’s finest restaurants and chefs have cooking this fall.

Kimchi Tofu Stew + Lamb Confit Poutine, Chez Piggy


68 Princess Street, Kingston
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Chez Piggy, which celebrated its 40th birthday this year, is well known for its love of world flavours, as well as their ardent support for fresh local produce, meats, and sustainably-sourced fish.

Kimchi tofu stew
Kimchi tofu stew

Their fall/winter menu—one of two seasonal menu flips from head chef Richard Nicholas—promises late stone-fruits, squashes and cellared root vegetables (think carrots, onions and potatoes), expertly paired with a range of proteins. Expect earthier, smokey, sweet flavours and scents throughout the fall and winter.

Seasonal mainstays like their Kimchi Tofu Stew (fried tofu, shitake and kombucha dash, kimchi, bean sprouts, daikon-gochugaru, scallions and cilantro), or Levantine Lamb (kefta spiced lamb chops with harissa chickpeas, baby kale, sumac and mint yogurt, and pomegranate molasses) are prime examples of their fall delicacies.

New menu features for this season include a hearty lamb confit poutine with lamb demi, nabulsi, pomegranate seeds/molasses, with minted yogurt and coriander, plus a Muscovy duck leg confit with roast herbed celeriac wedges, spinach and chevre purée with red peppercorn duck demi-glace.

BBQ pork ribs, local corn and coleslaw.
BBQ pork ribs, local corn and coleslaw.

The arrival of fall means savoury soups with root vegetables, spicy fried chicken and waffles with local honey, and delectable desserts made with freshly-harvested apples. Be sure to check out their latest menu addition, fork-tender barbecue pork ribs—locally sourced from Quinn’s Meats—in a sticky BBQ sauce, and served with home-cut fries, local corn on the cob and delicious coleslaw.

House Pumpkin Gnocchi, Le Chien Noir Bistro


69 Brock Street, Kingston
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Le Chien Noir is the energetic, comfortable little French bistro located just steps from the historic Market Square. Popular for their mixture of French classics and irresistible farm-to-table comfort foods—made with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients—their fall menu is sure to be irresistible. Keep your eyes out for weekly promotions, including Cocktail Hour, a main feature beginning this fall. New on the menu is the heavenly House Pumpkin Gnocchi with walnut cream, ‘Kelly’s’ roasted shiitake and oyster mushrooms, baby kale, radicchio with broiled gruyere and toasted hazelnuts.


House Pumpkin Gnocchi
House Pumpkin Gnocchi


Seasonal Pot Roast, AquaTerra


1 Johnson St, Kingston
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Led by Executive Chef Brent McAllister, AquaTerra is conveniently located downtown along Kingston’s waterfront and boasts a commanding view of the Confederation Basin Marina with its historical Shoal Tower. Known for their routine menu updates and Chef’s Test Kitchen Menu, AquaTerra is one of Kingston’s go-to destinations for sampling new culinary creations.

Ontario beef tenderloin 
Ontario beef tenderloin

Fall’s arrival shines a spotlight on the freshest local seasonal ingredients, as well as the popular Meet the Maker Wine Dinner event on Friday, November 15 with Grange of Prince Edward Estates Winery. The new fall menu is sure to impress, with recent additions like a heart-warming Pot Roast featuring Otter Creek wagyu sous vide round cut, paired with Mill Creek peas, Honey Wagon potatoes, and local mushrooms from Wolfe Island. Plus, their Ontario beef tenderloin with braised vegetable melange, carrot purée, potato pave, cippolini and merlot demi-glace is a regular fall menu favourite.

Braised Short Rib Risotto, Union Kitchen + Cocktails


184 Princess Street, Kingston
unionkingston.com

One of Kingston’s newest culinary destinations is Union Kitchen + Cocktails, where the talented team creates hand-crafted cocktails and gourmet meals from high quality local ingredients. Perfected just in time for the fall menu season is their braised short rib risotto: braised and shredded local short rib with cremini mushroom, Woolwich chevre, herb oil, and garnished with local micro sprouts and herbs.

Braised short rib risotto
Braised short rib risotto


Fall Features, Kingston Food Tours


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If you’re feeling peckish, adventurous, and have your walking shoes handy, then consider taking a Kingston Food Tour. You’ll get a healthy dose of fresh air, history, and no shortage of seasonal eats at some of Kingston’s best eateries. Besides their signature Beer and Bites and Classic Kingston tours, be sure to check out their Wolfe Island: Farm to Table Dinner and Tour which is sure to tickle your taste buds in all the right ways.

Kingston Food Tours
Kingston Food Tours

Any time of year presents a great opportunity to take in the sights, sounds, and tastes of Kingston—But with a shared passion for fresh local ingredients, fall is certainly one of the best times to experience Kingston’s vibrant food scene. Book your stay today and come sample Kingston’s seasonal offerings this fall—just make sure your belt has a few extra notches when you arrive (wink, wink).

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Music

It’s a big month for live music in Kingston this November, as Arkells, City and Colour, Matt Mays, and Measha Brueggergosman all make their return. But that’s just the tip of what’s in store. Here are 13 shows that should be must-sees.  

Fast Romantics

Fast RomanticsSource: Fast Romantics / Facebook


Friday, November 1, 2019, 10 pm

The Grad Club

This Toronto band has been earning a loyal following and critical acclaim for several years now with their blend of indie rock, classic pop, and rock ‘n’ roll. Think plenty of anthems and pop hooks interspersed with tight guitar licks and driving beats. This summer, their single “Do No Wrong” hit number one on the CBC national chart, and now they’re finishing a record while touring Canada this fall. 

Admission $18

Matt Mays

Matt Mays
Source: Matt Mays / Facebook





Thursday, November 7, 2019, 7:30 pm

The Grand Theatre

For over 20 years, Nova Scotia’s Matt Mays has been playing loud, sweaty rock shows or quieter, semi-acoustic theatre gigs. On this tour, though, called “Howl at the Night”, he’s bringing both together for the first time. As he says, the shows are “a journey through songs, old and new, an evening that will start off woody and mellow and finish electric and stormy.”    

Admission $32.50 – $37.50

Dwayne Gretzky

Dwayne Gretzky
Source: Anthony Tuccitto

Thursday, November 7, 2019, 9 pm

Ale House

Nostalgia junkies, listen up: this Toronto 10-piece is not your typical barroom cover band. Since 2011, their reputation has been built on roof-busting live shows all over Canada and the U.S. that draw from a catalogue of over 600 classic pop and rock tunes. That means you could hear everything from Fleetwood Mac to Lauryn Hill, Whitney Houston to Fatboy Slim, Queen to Arcade Fire. 

Admission $22

Daniel Champagne 

Daniel Champagne

Saturday, November 9, 2019, 8 pm

Musiikki Café

Australia’s Daniel Champagne picked up an acoustic guitar at age five and hasn’t looked back, today selling out shows all over the world. Now based in Nashville, his music is still anchored in blues, folk and other roots traditions. As the Calgary Herald put it recently, “the word prodigy seems to entirely fall short of this soft-spoken young man’s skills, he coaxes sounds and melodies out of his instrument that literally drop jaws.”  

Admission $20

Measha Brueggergosman

Measha Brueggergosman
Source: Canadian Film Centre (Flickr Creative Commons)

Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 7:30 pm

The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts

One of Canada’s most renowned sopranos, Brueggergosman has been performing as an opera singer and concert artist for over 20 years. Her musical range encompasses everything from gospel hymns and jazz standards to classical music, but at The Isabel expect to hear soulful renditions of songs from the black women who have inspired her as well as spirituals from her recent album “Songs of Freedom”. 

Admission $19 – $59

Lotus Shaker

Lotus Shaker
Source: Lotus Shaker / Facebook

Friday, November 15, 2019, 10 pm

The Merchant 


Though they didn’t expect it, Kingston’s Lotus Shaker has become one of the busiest rock bands in the city. Anchored by powerhouse singer Britttany Blanche, the group was started in 2010 by Blanche and her fiancé, guitarist Dan Chisolm. It now includes bassist Tim Archibald and drummer Jeff Salmon. Expect, as they put it, “a variety of gut wrenching, soul searching, rough-around-the-edges kind of music.”

Free admission

Arkells

Arkells
Source: Matt Barnes

Saturday, November 16, 2019, 7:30 pm

Leon’s Centre

Since bursting onto the Canadian rock scene in 2006, Hamilton’s Arkells have gone on to become one of the most in-demand live bands in the country. They’re a radio mainstay too, as evidenced by their 2017 single “Knocking at the Door”, which spent 14 weeks at number one on the Canadian Alternative chart. Arena shows are common for Arkells now, so they’ll definitely manifest a ton of energy and fist pumps in Kingston.

Admission $40.50 – $211.77

Hollerado

Hollerado
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Thursday, November 21, 2019, 8 pm

Blu Martini

Almost 2,000 shows after launching Hollerado, the Ottawa fourpiece is calling it quits. They’ve taken their fun-loving style of indie pop-rock all over the world for the past 12 years, but this will be the band’s final tour. It’s sad news for fans, but as frontman Menno Versteeg told the Ottawa Citizen recently: “The records are still there, come to these shows and have a good time, and then get on with your life.” 

Admission $25

Johnny Reid

Johnny Reid
Source: Johnny Reid / Facebook

Monday, November 25, 2019, 7 pm

Leon’s Centre

It’s been 20 years since Johnny Reid arrived on the country music scene, and in that time the Scottish-born, Canadian-bred artist has made 10 studio albums and sold over 11 million of them worldwide. Now he has released a new Christmas EP, which this tour is supporting. No doubt his classic rock and blue-collar roots will shine bright at this holiday show in Kingston. 

Admission $39.50 – $89.50

Dan Mangan

Dan Mangan
Source: Creative Mornings Vancouver (Flickr Creative Commons)

Monday, November 25, 2019, 7:30 pm

The Grand Theatre

Dan Mangan released his fifth full-length album last year, “More or Less”, and while it tackles a different subject matter than what’s come before — namely, birth and rebirth — it’s still rooted in the pop-inflected folk-rock that’s led to two Juno wins and two Polaris nominations for the Vancouver-based artist. The Grand’s rich acoustics should provide a good home for Mangan’s warm musicianship.    

Admission $34.50 – $39.50

City and Colour

City and Colour
Source: Thomas Hawk (Flickr Creative Commons)

Tuesday, November 26, 2019, 7 pm

Leon’s Centre

City and Colour, aka Dallas Green, is still going strong and selling out venues seven albums and 14 years after branching out from post-hardcore band Alexisonfire. The sound on every album is different, ranging from driving alt-rock to quiet acoustic folk, but his arresting vocals and honest, heartfelt lyrics remain constant. 

Admission $51 – $81

The Franklin Electric, Tim Baker

Tim Baker
Source: Britney Townsend

Wednesday, November 27, 2019, 7:30 pm

The Spire

This intimate show at Sydenham Street United Church brings two acclaimed Canadian indie folk artists together. The Franklin Electric is a Montreal collective rooted in anthems of personal moments. They were nominated for a 2018 Juno for Breakthrough Group of the Year. Tim Baker (pictured) is the frontman of the much-acclaimed Newfoundland group Hey Rosetta! He released his debut solo album in April, and it was quickly named to the Polaris Prize long list. 

Admission $31

BANNERS

BANNERS
Source: Pamela Ayala

Thursday, November 28, 2019, 7 pm

The Mansion

BANNERS is the indie rock brainchild of Liverpool, England’s Michael Nelson. Since 2015, he, along with his backing band, have been delivering singles noted for soaring vocals, rich piano chords, sweeping beats, and orchestral guitars. BANNERS’ breakout single “Start a Riot” generated over 59 million Spotify streams, while two others have eclipsed 22 million streams. In other words, see this band up close in a small venue like The Mansion while you still can.   

Admission $18

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