The Inn at Bay Fortune has a long history of outstanding culinary feats and chef Dominic Serio is keeping up the traditions of his predecessors Michael Smith and Gordon Bailey. Serio heads the kitchen at the Prince Edward Island landmark destination, which ranked last year on the Vacay.ca Top 50 Restaurants in Canada.
With the Inn Chef Experience, named after the TV show filmed at the boutique hotel, visitors to the Inn at Bay Fortune can enjoy a feast while also getting to know Serio and the property’s attractions, which include an organic garden and stunning views of the bay.
Packages feature a choice of one- or two-night accommodations and the option of a Chef’s Table dining experience. The rates start at $245 per couple for a one-night stay during the off-season (which ends on June 27, 2013) and rise to more than $700 per couple for two nights in the most spacious of suites.
The Inn Chef Experience includes:
- One or two nights at the inn
- Full gourmet breakfast daily
- Three courses a la carte dining with one dinner package
- Optional: upgrade to the five-course Chef’s Tasting Menu or the Chef’s Table
The peak season runs from June 28 to September 2, 2013, and prices increase during that time.
Vacay.ca Gets to Know Michael Smith
Inn at Bay Fortune chef emeritus Michael Smith has gone on to great things since departing the restaurant business. Not only has he retained a TV show on the Food Network Canada, he has cooked for Olympians during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and become a best-selling cookbook author. During the fall, Vacay.ca Managing Editor Adrian Brijbassi caught up with Smith during an appearance at Ontario’s Deerhurst Resort and found out the chef had some wonderful things to say about his home province, PEI, and about what Canadians should be doing when they cook at home.
Brijbassi writes: “A fierce advocate for local food, Smith cautioned his audience about eating, or serving, processed foods. ‘It’s child abuse, some of the crap we feed our kids that comes out of a box,’ he said.
“He also noted that Canadians should be seeing more of the world, if only to have a deeper understanding of what they have here. ‘In the last few years alone, I’ve been around the world five times to 37 countries. It blows me a way that being a chef has allowed me the opportunity to travel to these places,’ Smith said of his ‘Chef Abroad’ TV series. ‘Over and over again travel has reminded me how gosh darn lucky we are to be Canadian. … Sometimes you need to leave and travel to really appreciate what we have at home.’”