Four Fredericton restaurants have been recognized for
their quality dining experiences in two national publications.
The Blue Door will be listed in Maclean’s magazine as
one of the best restaurants in Canada.
Owner Chris Black said he never expected it.
“It was kind of out of the blue. They called during
lunch and I half thought it was the magazine calling to try and sell me a
subscription during lunch. I’m a little short with salespeople in the middle of
lunch, but when they said we were on this list I was happy to take that call,”
Black doesn’t know when the list will be published,
but hopes it will be over the summer to catch the attention of tourists.
Three other capital restaurants have made the Where to
Eat in Canada guide’s 42nd edition. The guide marked Chez Riz, The Palate and
Dimitri’s as the must-eats in the city.
“It’s something that you cannot try to get in. You’re
picked and a lot of people read it, so I guess it’s awesome,” said The Palate’s
owner and operator, Ken Roberts.
The Palate has operated for more than 10 years at its
Queen Street location, a feat not easily done in Fredericton, according to
Where to Eat in Canada.
“You have to work hard at it,” Roberts said. “For two
years I starved. Banks wouldn’t even look at me. I basically lived there
upwards of 60 or 70 hours a week.”
Much of the restaurant’s success comes from knowing
“The biggest thing in Fredericton is consistency and
service, and I met a chef, who’s now my business partner, Boris Müller ... and
he brought a European sort of flair to it. It’s quality, not quantity. There’s
a big demand for that in this city.”
Roberts said the restaurant aims at keeping meals
“And Dimitris, he rocks at that. He’s been here
forever and he hasn’t changed his menu,” Roberts said.
There are certain items on the Palate menu that can’t
be removed, Roberts said, because customers may come for that specific dish.
It’s also not Chez Riz’s first time in the guide.
“Six years in a row I am in this book. That’s a very
good thing for me. I’m proud of this,” said owner and operator Rizwan-Ul-Haq.
The guide points to Chez Riz’s lamb karahi as the best
on the menu.
“It is very good because we get the lamb fresh from
the farm and we cook it very well. Our recipe is very good, this recipe is made
by me and the lamb is very tender, too,” he said.
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Ward 3 is on the northside of Fredericton (the majestic Saint John River carves the city into equal north/south components). For those familair with our city, the approximate Ward 3 boundaries are: the Saint John River to the south, St. Mary's 1st Nation/Cliffe Street to the east, Brookside Drive to the west and the city limits/Killarney Lake to the north.
In my intial two terms, I was asked to co-chair the massive rewrite and public hearing process for Fredericton's new Municipal Plan. I also served two years as the Citys' Deputy Mayor; two years as Chair of the Development Services Committee, and as the inaugural Chair of the City of Fredericton Affordable Housing Committee.
In the third term, I had the honor of serving as Chair; Finance & Administration Committee for three years, Chair; City of Fredericton Pension Board for three year and continued as Chair of the Affordable Housing Committee
In this fourth term, I have been appointed Chair of Community Services, which encompasses recreation, liesure services, sports & facilites, parks and trees, and senior's issues. I am also serving as Chair of the labour/management contract Negotiaitons Committee, also as Chair of the City Employee's SuperAnnuation (pension) Board, and again, as Affordable Housing Chair
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