Each spring and fall, Quintelicious features local food and drink from producers across the Bay of Quinte region on Quinte Restaurant Association menus. You’ll get to try the offerings from unique livestock and dairy operations as well as heirloom vegetables, artisan sweets, craft beer, cider and more on prix fixe menus throughout the month. But all of this delicious food may get you wondering, who are the chefs and operators behind the delicious dishes? We are on a mission to discover who they are, and how they came to operate a restaurant on the beautiful Bay of Quinte.
For many of the fifteen participating restaurants this fall, owning a restaurant really is a family affair. We chatted with a few members of the Quinte Restaurant Association to find out how they came to open a family operation.
This popular Belleville burger joint was started by husband and wife duo, Jeff and Rayling Camacho. The couple opened up shop when they noticed that the area was lacking a unique burger joint. A revolution of delicious, flavourful burgers using local, sustainable, grain-fed, premium beef and fresh local produce and cheese was born. Is your mouth watering yet? It might be time to pay Jeff and Rayling a visit.
Michael and Concetta Petrella and their children Katrina and Giuseppe have been serving fine, Italian cuisine to Belleville residents and visitors for over 20 years. The family takes pride in serving authentic, Italian food to patrons, sharing their hospitality as a family owned and operated establishment.
Husband and wife duo, Greg and Tena Sheridan put Greg’s talent to work when the couple opened their catering business in 1994. The couple has seen the business thrive, served big name clients, travelled far and wide for catering and have even added some dishwashers – I mean children – to the mix. Greg, Tena and their three children keep the catering business running while also maintaining their cafe on Front Street in Belleville.
Siblings Marlem Power and Abraham Ramos have been providing the Bay of Quinte region with prompt service and authentic Mexican food for the past five years at the Belleville Waterfront & Ethnic Festival, and by way of their catering operation. They decided it was time to offer a taste of Mexico to the area year-round and opened Chilangos in Belleville’s downtown core in March of 2016. The sibling duo is bringing their country’s culture to Downtown Belleville, one taco at a time.
Rick and Anu Dutta were surprised to find a limited selection of Indian cuisine when they arrived in Belleville. So, together, the husband and wife teamed up to add some Indian flavour to the area. New to the list of Quintelicious restaurants, Royal Haveli will be using local ingredients to spice up their menu from September through October.