Our resident foodie talks shop with Chef Gordon Bailey about evolving his menu, sourcing local food, and making magic in the kitchen
Chef Gordon Bailey is pictured here with a lamb he helped to raise at Shepherd’s Farm in Pisquid: “Relationships like this forge the commitment that cooks have to the farmers and that the farmers have to the cooks.” Photo credit: Traci Bailey.
Text: Chef Ilona Daniel
IT’S NO BIG SECRET that working in a restaurant kitchen is a challenging endeavour. You spend more time with your co-workers than you do with anyone else in your life. As a result, you form a sort of family unit through the bonds of food prep and execution. A life in the restaurant business is a unique adventure, and everything moves so quickly.
Can we fetch you a napkin? Here we have seared sea scallop gratin, a perennial favourite on the menu. Photo credit: Traci & Gord Bailey.
For six years now, Chef Gordon Bailey (best known as “Gord”) and his partner in crime, Traci Bailey, have been serving up elegant, minimalist decadence at Lot 30 in the heart of Charlottetown. I thought it was a good time to catch up with the co-owners to talk about the restaurant’s evolution and springing forward.
Since opening their doors more than half a decade ago, Gord says the biggest thing that’s changed is their ever-evolving menu.
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Pat Deighan, a guy who knows the east coast music scene like the back of his hand, fills us in on what we can expect from East Coast Music Week
Pat Deighan, winner of Music PEI’s Industry Person of the Year award for 2014 and Co-Chair for East Coast Music Week’s Charlottetown organizing committee, is pictured here in front of his record shop’s large display of east coast artist albums. Photo credit: Alanna Jankov
Text: Ellen Egan
IT’S 11:35 A.M. ON A WEDNESDAY IN JANUARY. Pat Deighan, former-rocker now self-made businessman, and I tuck into a sun-drenched booth near the front of Timothy’s Café in Charlottetown. We’re not even a block away from his record shop, Back Alley Music, where he kindly invited us in for our cover shoot just a day prior.
Now given our meeting time and location, I figured we’d chat over the obvious beverage of choice, coffee. But Pat announces he’s already had his morning dose, opting instead for a honey wheat ale—damn the man who works for himself, I can’t help but think. The cup of ‘breakfast blend’ between my palms suddenly feels quite boring in comparison.
I should have known better, though, given the complimentary beverages at the recent ECMA press conference and I can’t help but sense some foreshadowing for the party to come during the five-day musical celebration. Read more »
Going classic ’60s country with Southern belle, Whitney Rose
This P.E.I. native is making her way into country lovers’ hearts across the country and says she’ll always have a special place for the Island in her heart: “Regardless of where I’m sitting when I’m penning songs, though, the Island (and the east coast in general) is an undeniably part of my musical content, even if it’s as subtle as small town romanticisms…or woes.” Photo credit: Jen Squires
Interview: Ellen Egan
Photography: Jen Squires
SINCE MAKING HER WAY ONTO THE TORONTO SINGER-SONGWRITER SCENE in 2011 and releasing her popular self-titled debut record in November 2012, the buzz around Whitney Rose is quickly seeping throughout the country and gaining her fans from coast to coast. It’s not hard to see why—with a voice that’s been described as retro, à la Patsy Cline, and a classic ‘60s country style, she appeals to young and old alike.
In 2013, she shared bills and stages with many of the industry’s top names like Reba McEntire, Kenny Chesney, and The Dixie Chicks. In March, she’ll join genre defying Grammy award winners, The Mavericks, on a tour to western Canada.
But before that, she’ll stop off to perform for her hometown crowd at the East Coast Music Awards in April. She may even collect an award or two on her visit, having been nominated for Rising Star Recording of the Year and Country Recording of the Year.
We recently reached Rose in Toronto to find out more about this Southern—or shall we say—Island belle. Read more »