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Ring in Spring (Posted On: Monday, March 21, 2011)

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 It might not feel like it, but Spring is officially here and with the season change we have lots to talk about including things like The Ridge Runner, Date Night, Girls Night Out, Maple Syrup, Official Kick Off to Spring at Espresso Post, Special Tasting Menus at Azzurra, live Music at The Huron Club, weekend Brunch at The Empire Grill and the Easter Colouring Contest at Aardens’ Chocolates.

We had a chance to try the Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster last Friday.  It was simply spectacular.  A very scenic ride up surrounded by nature and then a trilling ride down…very thrilling.  Try it.  It’s really fun!

Aarden’s Chocolates is having an Easter Colour Contest for kids.  Click here to find out more. Scheduling a Date Night with your significant other, a special friend, or even a family member that you just don't spend enough time with is a really great idea that just got better. The folks at Catch 22 have just created a new Wednesday Date Night menu.  For only $50 clams you can choose an appetizer to share, each enjoy a lovely entree and clink spoons or forks over a delectable dessert.  To look at your Date Night dining options check out the special Catch 22 Menu.  To top that off, they're also offering $5 off the price of any bottle of wine.  Now that's just spectacular!

Girls Night Out at Catch 22 has also just been introduced.  For $40 you can get a bottle of girly wine and your choice of 4 appetizers.  For $48 you can get a bottle of Pinot Grigio or Cab Shiraz and your choice of 4 appetizers.  Click here to see all of your delectable options.

Join the folks at Espresso Post on Friday, April 1st in celebration for the OFFICIAL start of patio season! The Town Crier will be making the official announcement at 10:30am sharp. Free espresso shots for those attending starting at 10:00am. Feel free to bring drums, musical instruments, grass skirts, funny shirts, wool sweaters, snowmobile suits (you never know what the weather will bring)!!

On Tuesday April 5th Azzurra launches their new menu and it includes Gusto della Cucina (Tastes from the Kitchen).  This pranzo style five course chef's tasting will be available every night and will change weekly.  They are celebrating spring and the introduction of Gusto by offering this five course dinner on Wednesdays and Thursdays until May 5th for $25.  Every other day of the week it will be offered for $39.  See the Gusto in the Menus section to see what the chef has cooked up for the first week.

The Mike McCarthy Band is appearing live at The Huron Club for a one night performance on Saturday April 9th featuring Mike McCarthy on vocals and rhythm guitar, Erica PrinnMcCarthy on vocals, Shane Cloutier on lead guitar and Paul Morin on the keys. Be sure not to miss this hard drivin’ band playing southern rock, rockabilly and R&B. There is no cover charge and the music starts at 8:30 and goes ‘til the dancing stops! Rock the Club and come on out.  You might want to make a reservation for dinner.

On Sunday May 1st you can join Chef Michael Stadtlander for the 2011 Maple Syrup & Wild Leek Festival from 1-4 pm at Eigensinn Farm. Celebrate spring with a multi course menu with maple syrup & wild leeks.  Michael will be joined by friends:

• Leona Nyman - Azzurra
• Paul Boehmer - Bohmer
• Michael Dixon - Commissary Cuisine
• John Higgins - George Brown College
• Jamie Kennedy -Gilead Cafe
• Daisuke Isutzu - Kaiseki Sakura
• Paul Harber - Ravine Vineyards
• Kevin McKenna - Globe Bistro/Earth
• Oyster Boy and crew - Oyster Boy
• Anthony Rose - Drake Hotel
• Bryan Steele - Old Prune & Stratford Chef's School
• Anthony Walsh - Canoe
• Hiro Yoshida - Hiro Sushi

Tickets are $160 per person and a portion of proceeds will be donated to the Chef's Congress and the Grey County Food Bank.  For tickets call 519.922.3128 is pleased to welcome our new clients:

Espresso Post brings the art of the Barista, the Baker and old word quality and care to their patrons every day.  Their patrons enjoy sipping our private coffee blends while munching on delightful pastries or eating tasty panini in an atmosphere reminiscent of a traditional European café surrounded by the work of local artists.  Their award winning baristas are among the best in Canada, placing first in the annual regional barista competition.  Whether you prefer straight up coffee, espresso, cappuccino, latte, or if you would like to try their unique and rustic baked goods and sandwiches, we are certain you will enjoy taking a break at Espresso Post. 

139 Hurontario Street, Collingwood ON
T: 705.446.1740

Leon’s Furniture Collingwood
Family owned and operated, we at Leon’s Furniture Collingwood are committed to providing value for money and exceptional service. Our showroom is beautifully staged, containing items perfect for any home, chalet or condo. Come in and see the best brand names in appliances, electronics, furniture, mattresses and more!This brand new Leon’s location, opened in October 2010, is found on County Road 124. Our warehouse is centrally located in Collingwood, making for convenient pickups and speedy delivery.
Store hours: Monday-Thursday 9am to 7pm, Friday 9am to 8pm, Saturday 10am to 6pm, and Sundays 11am to 5pm.

4473 124 County Road South, Collingwood ON L9Y 3Z1
T: 705.445.6665

The Empire Grill & Gastropub
Collingwood's newest steakhouse and Gastropub offers a very tempting selection of mouthwatering steaks grilled to perfection. Sesame seared ahi tuna carpaccio and crab cakes feature on the starters menu. They offer a great selection of salads and their mains include Perch, Halibut, Stuffed Chicken and a Pasta Feature. New Yorkers, Rib Eyes, Filets, Sirloins, Rack of Lamb and Stuffed Pork Chop are the main feature. The lunch and pub menus offer lots of great choices including burgers, deli sandwiches and classics like fish and chips. Brunch is served on weekends from 10am - 4pm.

20 Balsam Street, Collingwood (Harbourview Plaza) ON L9Y 4H7
T: 705.444.0920

Crossfit Indestri
CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program originally created for police academies, fire fighters and military units. We combine movements that require skill, balance, agility, strength and power, in a group setting to give you an intense workout. We require you to use your brain as well as your muscles, to learn challenging new movements you never thought possible. CrossFit will teach you how to move your body with proper mechanics, which allows you to enjoy your everyday activities. The CrossFit program is scalable to every level of athlete. We modify load and intensity, but we do not change programs. This makes CrossFit the best method of training for all individuals from beginners to Olympic athletes.

23 Stewart Rd, Collingwood ON L9Y 4M7
T: 705-444-0006

Capelli Hair Studio is excited to announce that they now offer a full suite of Aesthetic Services using Aveda Products. Get yourself polished up and treat your feet after a long winter in ski boots. Capelli Hair Studio is the exclusive Aveda concept salon for the Collingwood area and provides their guests a studio that offers high-end creative styling and service with a focus of using environmental products and green living practices

222 St. Marie Street, Collingwood ON L9Y 3K5
T: 705.293.0738

The Hungry Sumo
Finally a Japanese restaurant in Collingwood, The Hungry Sumo opened last year with rave reviews, The food is fabulous and beautifully presented. You can satisfy your love of sushi, teriyaki or tempura and learn about chop stick etiquette. They have an extensive menu and the prices are very reasonable. Lunch offers popular Bento Box combinations as well as a large range of different types of sushi. Dine in or take out. Reservations are recommended.

188 First Street, Collingwood ON L9Y1A7
T: 705-293-1037

Happy Spring




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