By Roberta Avery - back to list

WASAGA BEACH - Opening a restaurant wasn't even on the horizon when the owners of what is now perhaps one of the best Georgian Bay eateries wrote up their catering company's business plan.

"It happened by accident, we were here cooking anyway, so we put out a couple of tables in the reception area and it snowballed from there," said Brian Edwards co-owner of Goodies Café.

After a stint providing food service at the Craigleith Ski Club, Edwards, and his business and life partner Gayle Woods purchased a closed up Wasaga Beach restaurant because they needed kitchen space to expand their already successful catering business.

Soon word got out that Edwards, formerly executive chef at the Elmhurst Inn and Sunningdale Country Club, would cook up a meal for those who dropped by.

"So we added more tables and tore up the business plan for the catering business," said Woods who brings her experience as the former food and beverage coordinator for Ramada Inns in London, Ontario to the partnership.

Six years later, Goodies although it's located in a strip mall and lacks a little ambience, offers a surprisingly varied menu lovingly prepared by Edwards while Woods' professional expertise brings seamless service to the 60-seat dining room.

The theme of the ever-changing dinner menu is "Taste the Planet" bringing together a combination of classic French cooking in such items as Escargot ala Crème, with Italian style pasta dishes and Mexican quesedillas.

Whenever possible the menu features fresh fish from Georgian Bay.

Evening entrees, at $16- $20, include homemade soup or salad, but if it's not a very busy night, Edwards will include an appetizer he calls a Rangoon. This tasty treat surrounded by pureed mango

is made of a light pastry stuffed with cheeses, spices and sometimes seafood.

For dinner, for $19.95, I chose medallions of venison stuffed with dried cranberries and topped with a balsamic vinegar and mushroom sauce and I wasn't disappointed -it was truly delicious.

A nice touch was that the meal was served with a perfectly prepared, pear shaped potato croquet.

Goodies is licenced but has a very limited wine menu, but the Remy Pannier house wines are certainly adequate

Desserts are brought in from a high-end bakery.

"I can't do everything, so I leave the desserts to the experts and concentrate on making everything else from scratch," said Edwards.

Goodies at 1470 Mosley Street is open Tuesday to Friday from 11: 30 a.m. to "eightish" and to "nineish" Saturdays and Sundays, closed Monday,


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