Okazu 85 Downie
October 16, 2019
Okazu 85 Downie is Stratford’s late-night hot spot for delicious chef-driven cuisine and is the perfect after the theatre or as a late-night stop. Stop by for dinner to taste iconic Asian and Mexican classics prepared with local inspiration, or for expertly crafted cocktails like the Yuzu Sour or Mermaid Margarita, shaken or stirred by the charming staff until the early hours. Chefs spin a modern twist on dim sum with small plates featuring items such as mushroom Bao with roasted shiitake and onion stuffed steam bun, soy, ginger, sesame, hoisin and sriracha aioli or Pork Taco with slow-cooked local pork shoulder, cilantro, crumbled cheese and onion.
Culinary Federation National Conference
May 28, 2019
We recently attended the Culinary Federation National Conference in Niagara Falls where we participated in a wide range of insightful programming which included several panel discussions. Topics included the latest cannabis and cooking insights, branding and social media for restaurants, sustainable seafood and dining trends for Gen Z and millennials. The goal of the Culinary Federation is to unite chefs and cooks across Canada in a common dedication to professional excellence. The Federation was founded in 1963 and incorporated in Ottawa as a non-profit association in 1972. Throughout its history as Canada’s largest federally chartered professional chefs’ organization, the name of the federation has undergone several changes to recognize the chef’s continually changing role in the kitchen and education. Membership in the Culinary Federation is available to any and all persons with career paths as a Cook Apprentice, Journeyman Cook, Professional Chef/Cook or Culinary Professional. culinaryfederation.ca
June 3, 2019
Lavery Culinary Group congratulates business partners chef Angela Murphy and sommelier Pete Annson on the opening of Grace Restaurant. Grace is a tribute to executive chef Angie’s grandmother. Murphy and her culinary team have built a solid reputation on a sustainable culinary philosophy and farm-to-table sensibility which showcases a selection of innovative seasonal dishes from an inspired repertoire. Grace is located in the heart of Downtown London, a short walk from events and plenty of parking.
215 Dundas Street, 519-226-4822
Forks of the Thames Experience
If you’re a diehard culinary enthusiast who cares about your food and where it originates, you’re going to love discovering the Forest City’s thriving local food and drink scene with a culinary walking tour. The range and choice in styles of customizable culinary offerings and experiential culinary walking tours reflects our cultural diversity, sophistication and desire for quality experiences. Our landmark restos, bars and indie cafés distinguish themselves with authenticity and with an emphasis on using characteristic locally-sourced ingredients. Each tour group is paired with a friendly host who will immerse you in local culture and share their insider knowledge. Taste, sip, shop, and walk while embracing your inner foodie.
Services: Experiential Tourism Development, Photography, Video
Celes Davar, Experiential Tourism Expert and Designer, Earth Rhythms
April 8, 2019
“Experiential tourism connects travellers with the essence of a community by offering purchasable, immersive activities that are crafted by local guides and makers to engage visitors’ senses to participate in something memorable. Travellers may leave thinking about life and responsibility on this planet, just a little differently. Experiencing local traditions in food, art, cuisine and being outdoors can turn an ordinary trip into an extraordinary memory where travellers learn from locals and leave a smaller footprint.”
Experiential tourism brings small groups of visitors together for intimate, immersive adventures where they experience hands-on the passion behind what our local artisans and creators do. Participants do not just watch, but actually, take part in immersive learning and fun. Insights, “ah ha!” moments and inspiration for applying new ideas on their own are just some of the takeaways from these unique experiences.
April 1, 2019
Charles and Jill Wright opened Locomotive Espresso in a building that has been a neighbourhood variety store for 45 years. Locomotive is located at the corner of Pall Mall and Colborne at the railroad tracks, in the former Helen’s Variety. Locomotive baristas have received strict training in Pilot Coffee Roaster’s Toronto espresso laboratory.
Locomotive Espresso opened its doors looking to fill a growing worldwide thirst for local, independent coffee bars serving the highest quality beverages.
Slow Food Dinner Experience
February 5, 2019
Twenty new experiential tourism coaches emerged as a result of the Train the Trainer course hosted by Ontario’s Southwest and facilitated by Celes Davar of Earth Rhythms. A gathering of DMO partners, tourism operators and “experience” partners were hosted by the Lavery Culinary Group at The In Home Chef Cooking Studio. The Slow Food inspired evening, facilitated by Bryan Lavery and MCed by Nick Lavery featured a craft beer pairing by Nate Torresan of Fork River Brewing. Guests included LCG’s Hospitality Consultant Gary Rowsell and Manuela Frongia. Dinner was prepared by Chefs Thomas Waite and Ashton Gillespie.
Download the menu here.
Read about Bryan Lavery’s experience with Slow Food here.
Services: Experiential Tourism, Culinary Event Facilitation, Photography, Videography, Event Planning
January 18, 2019
Chef Andrew Wolwowicz at Craft Farmacy has created the quintessential Seafood Tower with Colossal Shrimp Cocktail. Shrimp and oysters sourced by Steelhead Food Co. in St. Thomas.
Planting the Seeds for Experiential Tourism
November 19, 2018
Working with chef/food writer Bryan Lavery of Lavery Culinary Group, cookbook author Alieska Robles, chef Thomas Waite of The In Home Chef, chef Brian Su-an of Reverie Restaurant, culinary farmer Paul Spence and nutritionist and tea sommelier Michelle Pierce Hamilton, they created and delivered a new interactive culinary experience for tourism stakeholders. This experience and associated presentations provided sparks for tourism stakeholders who were present. As one participant reflected about what they learned… “To think more broadly about how the skills and gifts of folks in our region can amplify the tourism experience and create greater revenue generation and sustainability for small businesses.”
Services: Photography, Videography, Event Planning
December 5, 2018
Pizzeria Madre in London’s up and coming Soho district is one of London’s best kept culinary secrets. Chef Matt Reijnen’s and Jessica Washburn’s stellar Pizzeria Madre is situated in a 130-year-old building on Wellington Street and offers an exceptional dining experience. This licensed, casual contemporary pizzeria is sophisticated and nicely appointed with high ceilings, tile floors, picture windows, whitewashed walls and a partially open kitchen. Our team recently coordinated a photo shoot to build some collateral for an upcoming publication.
September 14, 2018
There has been a movement towards a modern, minimalist cuisine that is natural, but also resolutely seasonal, local, and with a focus on pristine ingredients and terroir. Modernist Cuisine has been a phenomenal success, one that has resonated with chefs all over the world. London-based chef Brian Sua-an and Jerrah Revilles, owners of Reverie, have adapted the Modernist discipline in refining the spectrum of authentic Canadian flavours. This is a new concept, ingredient-driven, cutting-edge, minimalist and hyper-curated.
North Moore Catering Co.
March 17, 2018
North Moore Catering was born in 2008 from owner Jess Jazey-Spoelstra’s desire to bring the culinary finesse of New York City to London, Ontario. Cutting-edge food experiences delivered with extraordinary service are Jess’s forte and hallmark as co-owner of North Moore Catering, The River Room and Rhino Lounge. Jess’s latest collaboration is the acclaimed farm-to-table inspired restaurant Craft Farmacy that shares the building with North Moore Catering. Her stylish design sensibility can be seen reflected in all her projects and events. Jess developed her discerning palate for food and wine while living in New York City. For Jess and her team, it’s all about delivering elegance and comfort, right down to the smallest detail. View the site here.
Services: Web Development
Winemaker’s Dinner at The Bruce Hotel
February 3, 2018
The Bruce Hotel in Stratford offers a true fine dining experience. In addition to documenting the activity in the kitchen and photographing each dish as they came out for the prix fixe menu night, we created this promotional film which includes an interview with Chef Arron Carley.
Services: Photography, Videography
Whole Sturgeon Dinner with Chef Thompson Tran
January 27, 2018
Chef Thompson Tran at the Northern Divine, Growing Chefs, Ocean Wise, and Wooden Boat Food at the Whole Sturgeon Dinner. This five course dinner included confit sturgeon, sturgeon & crab croquette, and sturgeon & duck liver pate.
Services: Photography, Videography
November 21, 2017
Services: Photography, Videography
What We Do
Lavery Culinary Group (LCG) is a full-service marketing and video production company. LCG is a combination of unique perspectives, industry experience, and inter-generational insights. Bryan and Nick Lavery and associates bring their knowledge of media, marketing, photography and filmmaking to all things culinary. We bring an informed and educated point of view to all our projects.
Each project is approached with a dedicated focus on intentional storytelling. Giving viewers a chance to build a direct connection by learning about the challenges and triumphs of local farmers, restaurateurs, and winemakers drive a desire to experience the region first hand. We are experts at identifying a compelling story where others may not see one and helping our clients tell their story on camera in a comfortable and natural way.
We specialize in videography and photography and with a strong focus on culinary and agritourism, and the emerging experiential tourism market.
LCG’s marketing services comprise cinematography, photography, visual and traditional storytelling, as well as web development. LCG provides specialized services to entrepreneurs and DMO’s in the culinary community to help them bring new ideas and businesses to market. Expertise is focused on helping start-ups and existing culinary businesses improve operations to achieve a sustainable and profitable operation. LCG’s experience will guide any culinary endeavour to succeed.
LCG strategically partners with businesses and start-ups so they can grow and thrive, by providing businesses with the ability to respond to evolving consumer and market demands with agility. Doing so gives our clients the broadest possible benefits that our offerings of specialized services, innovative solutions, technical abilities, and skilled professionals can provide.
– Business Start-up, Expansion or Modernization
– Developing Business ideas, Innovation, Research and Development
– Entrepreneurial Support
– Employee Training and Development, Productivity
– Menu and Recipe Development
– Consultant Services and Advice
Marketing and Development
– Web Development
– Social Media Management and Consultation