|Steve Lovelace, Niagara Culinary Tours|
and Pillitteri wines
In my last column I teased this piece would feature “an Australian, a big knife, cool wife and tale of breaking into the Kremlin.” It does, as well as describing a new venture offering culinary tours in the St. Catharines and Niagara region.
I’ve cooked with Steve Lovelace, the affable Aussie in question, for several years now. Kibitzing aside, when big knives are involved you learn to work carefully in close quarters! Steve’s love of wine and food is infectious and was instilled at an early age: his Mum was a great cook and grandparents were bakers. “A bit of wine and a bit of water at the table as soon as you were a teenager, and as the years progressed, more wine and less water!” he says his raucous laugh filling my kitchen as we chat.
He and his backpack bounced about a bit as Aussies often do, working in the hospitality business including being part of the opening staff for Si Wai Lai’s Shaw Café in 1996. He got out of the restaurant business - again that hearty laugh - because the bank told him he had to get a real job if he wanted to buy a house! Settled in Niagara