New campus restaurant serves up local, sustainable cuisine
Students, faculty and staff have been flocking to the Canadian Grilling Company, the brainchild of celebrity chef Michael Smith, since the restaurant opened in Mackintosh-Corry Hall on December 1.
“We really wanted to create an opportunity for members of the Queen’s community to make a choice to eat locally and sustainably,” says Joli Manson, General Manager, Hospitality Services. “I really believe that quality is always the primary focus for everyone, and the quality of everything at this unique restaurant is excellent.”
The eatery’s mandate is to serve local, organic, sustainable, and traceable food. Everything is made on site, from the burger buns to the ketchup.
The Queen’s outlet is the flagship location of what is set to become a national chain. Chef Smith has been very involved, from training frontline staff to participating in taste tests. Visitors can buy his cookbooks and other items at the restaurant and he plans to visit campus several times throughout the year.
Items on the menu include beef, chicken, salmon and veggie burgers as well as fresh-cut fries and homemade milkshakes. More than 2,200 burgers were sold during the restaurant’s first two weeks of operation.
In the spring, two more retail outlets are scheduled to open on campus that should prove to be equally popular: a pharmacy and a grocery store are coming to the Queen’s Centre.
To see the restaurant’s hours of operation during the winter holiday period, visit the Hospitality Service website. For more information about the philosophy behind the Canadian Grilling Company, watch this video from celebrity chef Michael Smith.