Champion of the locavore movement in Canada, Chef Jamie Kennedy has returned to his roots and expanded his Gilead Cafe the open evenings 5 nights a week as Gilead Wine Bar.
Known for his commitment to growers and producers from Ontario and Canadian soils and water, Chef Kennedy’ career includes iconic Toronto restaurants including Scaramouche, Palmerston, JK Wine Bar and JK at the Gardiner.
Honoured with the Order of Canada for his leadership in the local food movement, Chef Kennedy came close to bankruptcy in 2009 and has since been struggling to regain financial sustainability.
The evolution of Gilead Wine Bar is a welcome addition to the rapidly growing Film District located just east of Parliament , south of King Street. While Chef had been hosting events in the space including a Local Food series and themed celebrations of terroir, the time has come to give his dedicated fans what they’ve been missing – the wine bar format.
With small plates that change daily and speak to the season – the food is traditional JK style – smoked whitefish, crispy pork belly and our course, there’s always a side of JK fries.
The food is paired with an outstanding Ontario wine list and a great new cocktail menu designed by new JK team member, sommelier Emily Pierce. Emily has implemented a cask aged program that aims to deliver the best Ontario sourced Negroni and Manhattan.