We�re counting down the sleeps to the 2015 Ontario Culinary Tourism Summit happening on November 29th! This years summit is all about those Perfect Pairings — whether it’s local food and wine or sports tourism and craft beer.
It will take place in Toronto at The Westin Prince.
We�ve put together a line-up of culinary tourism major leaguers who will give us the low-down on their experiences and best practices. In the weeks leading up to the summit we�ll be profiling these taste makers showing you exactly why you should save the date.
So on that note, meet the first of our 2015 culinary tourism taste makers!
TASTE MAKER : NICK GRAY, MUSEUM HACK
Having lived in New York for the past seven years Nick Gray has seen a fair share of museums, which he loves. But he has also seen a fair share of dull museum tours, which he doesn’t love. This lead Nick to create Museum Hack, which is turning the museum experience on it’s head by offering unconventional tours.
We knew immediately that we were going to get along with Nick when he told us that he is known to double up on breakfasts and lunches, especially when travelling. First breakfast, second breakfast style. This is a language that we are fluent in.
Nick’s taste of place plays in to his penchant for doubling up on the first two meals of the day. Museum Hack was hired by the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery to lead a workshop for their museum community. With the workshop on Thursday Nick and his colleague arrived on Thursday which, as Nick put it, meant that the two “had at least six meals to discover in Kitchener-Waterloo”. Nicks food app led the pair to The Yeti Cafe, where Nick ate three meals in the next 36 hours. The brunchie sandwich is what got him.
We loved what Nick had to say about his taste of place — “It is rare to find a shop like that in New York City. So when I think about taste of place I think about Kitchener-Waterloo, a small town with a little shop that sells big sandwiches”.
For more information on the 2015 Ontario Culinary Tourism Summit, visit: ontarioculinary.com/octasummit