Historic Location of Former Steakhouse Re-Opens As Vegetarian Restaurant

March 31, 2014

[Thornton, ON] - Times they are a-changin’. This Saturday April 5th (5-9 pm) marks the Grand Opening Celebration of Vidya’s Veggie Gourmet Restaurant on Hwy. 27 in Thornton, just 45 minutes north of Toronto. Located in the historic 1854 Queen’s Hotel (“The Village Inn”), in what used to be known as Simcoe County’s best steakhouse. The new proprietors have transformed it into a vegetarian restaurant. The public is invited to come out and taste samplings from the menu, meet the chefs, and to enjoy a live performance by accomplished Canadian singer/songwriter Sacha Williamson.

Singer/songwriter Sacha Williamson will bring her soulful voice to the party.

Part of The Vidya Centre For Yoga & Wellness, Vidya’s Veggie Gourmet Restaurant explores the delicious and nutritious abundance of organic vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices that nature’s bounty provides. It does so within the context of food that is natural and ethically-sourced. The kitchen offers food made with "metta", a Pali word meaning in line with principles of compassionate loving kindness for all life. The Vidya Centre offers yoga classes in two studios, pilates, massage therapy, group cleanses, coaching, and overnight retreats.

Vegans and vegetarians will rejoice at having a local place to eat, as the restaurant will be Simcoe County’s first full-service vegetarian dining establishment offering salads, raw dishes, and cooked food plus healthy desserts. But nutritionist and proprietor Kim Vidya believes that the restaurant will have wide appeal beyond vegans, “we think that the majority of our market will be people that just want to have a healthy, yummy meal and who want to eat more veggies.”

The menu is filled with savoury renditions of classic vegetable dishes, ranging from smoked oyster mushroom chowder to fresh hempseed basil pesto over a bed of gluten-free noodles, to an amazing coconut kefir cream dessert. The dishes borrow flavours from around the world, including pierogis, curries, noodle bowls, and in the dressings that adorn some wonderful salads.

The kitchen is 100% gluten-free, and although some beers sold at the bar do contain gluten, they offer gluten-free beer as well. The selection of red and white wines are 100% organic.

While the full menu doesn’t kick off until Monday April 7th, this Saturday allows the restaurateurs to meet the community and share some good tastes, good music, and to create the first of many good memories. For more info visit VeggieGourmet.ca or write them eat@veggiegourmet.ca. Reservations can be made starting April 7th by calling 705-458-2000.




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