A Culinary Tour of Tuscany: A Must-Do Niagara Culinary Experience

Discover amazing Tuscan cuisine at A Culinary Tour of Tuscany.
Italy’s beautiful Tuscan region.

Tuscany is one of Italy’s most beloved and beautiful regions, home to picturesque vineyards, extraordinary cuisine, and the capital city of Florence, which is brimming with magnificent art, history, and architecture. And this spring at the Rainbow Room, you can discover amazing Tuscan cuisine and wine pairings from Tuscany’s Antinori Winery at A Culinary Tour of Tuscany with Massimo Capra on March 23rd.

This special culinary event is part of this year’s Niagara Culinary Experiences Series at Falls Avenue Resort and will feature a mix and mingle with Chefs Massimo Capra and John Casciato, a standing cocktail reception with canapés and Prosecco, and a five course dinner with wine pairings from Antinori Winery.

Tuscan cuisine is known for its simplicity and heartiness with many traditional dishes featuring cheese, vegetables, mushrooms, legumes, and bread. And as a world-famous wine region, Tuscany produces many renowned wines, including Chianti, which is a dry red that pairs very well with food.

Both Dinner Only and Dinner & Hotel Room tickets are available for the event, offering one night’s hotel accommodation in a luxurious Fallsview room at the historic Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview hotel. So get your tickets now to discover the very best wine and cuisine from Italy’s Tuscan region at this beautiful Fallsview dinner in Niagara Falls.

The Best Ways to Experience Niagara Icewine this Winter

Bottles of Niagara Icewine Beer from Niagara Brewing Company.
Niagara Icewine beer from Niagara Brewing Company.

Niagara Icewine is famous all over the world and this January you can connect with the best Icewine that the region has to offer at any of these special winter events and festivals.

Niagara Icewine Festival

The Niagara Icewine Festival will be back at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls on January 26th-27th, offering guests the chance to sip and savour different VQA wines and Icewines from more than 15 Niagara wineries, indulge in delicious food pairings created by top Niagara chefs, enjoy live music, and walk through the Convention Centre’s beautiful outdoor Icewine Winter Wonderland.

Icewine Beer

Niagara Brewing Company has just released their seasonal Niagara Icewine Beer for a limited time, which is available to try on tap or buy in 375ml or 750ml at their brewery on Clifton Hill. The Niagara Icewine Beer combines the complex and sweet flavours of Icewine with the bubbly goodness of beer and is the perfect winter drink for wine and beer lovers alike. The brewery also offers daily live music, a great kitchen menu, and Hoppy Hour $4 beer specials, making it a great place to hang out with friends this winter.

Icewine Village

From January 20th-21st, 2018 the historic town of Niagara-on-the-Lake is transformed into an incredible Icewine Village in celebration of Niagara’s world-famous liquid gold. This year, top wineries from Niagara-on-the-Lake will be pouring some of their finest Icewine while renowned Signature Chefs offer up a range of Icewine-inspired culinary creations. Admission to the Icewine Village is free and there are plenty of great shops and restaurants for people to visit along Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Queen Street while in town.

An Icewine Dinner

The 2017/2018 Niagara Culinary Experiences Series features a number of fantastic dinners like A Culinary Tour of Tuscany with Massimo Capra on March 23rd, A Culinary Tour of Veneto with Massimo Capra on May 11th, and An Icewine Dinner with Jamie Kennedy on January 19th. The Icewine Dinner will feature a mix and mingle with Chefs Jamie Kennedy and Jay Jackson, a standing cocktail reception with canapés and pairings, and a 5-course dinner with wine pairings from Jackson-Triggs Winery. Icewine will be expertly woven throughout the menu and the stunning views of the Horseshoe and American Falls from the restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows will make for a truly unforgettable Niagara Falls experience.

Upcoming Winter Food & Wine Events in Niagara

For one-of-a-kind experiences while on a winter getaway to Niagara Falls, make sure to check out any of these amazing culinary and wine events happening throughout the region all season.

Food events in Niagara include A Culinary Tour of Tuscany culinary experience at the Rainbow Room.
The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra’s Fallsview dining room.

New Year’s Eve Dinner at the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra

Ring in 2018 with a spectacular dinner overlooking Niagara Falls at the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra. Choose from an early seating from 4-6:30pm and a late seating from 7-11:30pm, each featuring 3 courses of delicious seasonal dishes. The early seating‘s menus features choices like Sicilian stuffed chicken, peach glazed angus short rib and porcini mushroom risotto, while the late seating menu offers black lager braised lamb shank, Upper Canada ricotta gnudi and porcini dusted Atlantic salmon.

A Culinary Tour of Tuscany with Massimo Capra

Embark on a Culinary Tour of Tuscany with Massimo Capra on March 23rd as part of this year’s Niagara Culinary Experiences Series and discover the very best of what this central Italian region has to offer. This exclusive dinner event will connect you to classic Tuscan-inspired food paired with wines from Florence, Italy and floor-to-ceiling views of the magnificent Niagara Falls.

Both Dinner Only tickets and Dinner & Hotel Room packages are available, offering the chance to pair your culinary experience with a spectacular stay at the Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls Fallsview hotel.

Niagara Icewine served at one of the many wine and food events in Niagara.
Niagara’s world famous Icewine.

Ice Wine Village

Visit the Niagara on the Lake Icewine Village on January 20th & 21st for a unique Niagara Icewine experience in a beautiful winter setting. Transforming the town’s downtown Queen Street into a charming winter wonderland, the Niagara on the Lake Icewine Village is the place to be to taste Niagara’s world-famous liquid gold paired with delicious culinary creations from renowned Niagara chefs.

A Very Victorian Christmas at Reif Estate Winery

On December 10th, Reif Estate Winery in Niagara on the Lake will be hosting a Very Victorian Christmas event featuring mulled wine, traditional holiday fare, and festive Christmas caroling. Taking place in the Grand Victorian Mansion, A Very Victorian Christmas will be a heritage holiday party that you won’t want to miss out on.

New Year’s Dining at The Rainbow Room

The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra is hosting two amazing New Year’s Eve dining experiences, offering guests the chance to ring in 2018 with delicious food and spectacular views. With an early seating from 5:00-6:30pm and a late seating from 7:00-11:30pm, each dinner will offer a 3-course menu featuring modern Italian cuisine and breathtaking views of Niagara Falls from floor-to-ceiling windows.

The early seating menu features the choice between dishes like Sicilian Stuffed Chicken Supreme, Crispy Skinned Atlantic Salmon, and Peach Glazed Angus Short Rib, while the late seating menu offers choices like Sicilian Stuffed Gam Hen, N.B.C. Black Lager Braised Lamb Shank,  and Upper Canada Ricotta Gnudi.

And guests can make their New Year’s Eve experience into an unforgettable winter getaway by booking a New Year’s Eve package at the Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls Fallsview, which includes one or two nights hotel accommodations in a luxurious guestroom.

This year’s New Year’s Eve celebration in Niagara Falls will also feature a free concert in Queen Victoria Park with Marianas Trench, Simple Plan, Jess Moskaluke and The James Barker Band, and a spectacular fireworks show over Niagara Falls after the midnight countdown. Start planning your New Year’s Eve getaway to Niagara Falls today and get ready for the experience of a lifetime.

The Best Niagara Wines to Try This Winter

Jackson-Triggs Proprietors Reserve Vidal Ice Wine
Enjoy Jackson-Triggs Proprietors Reserve Vidal Ice Wine

Many of the finest VQA wines (wines made from 100% Ontario-grown grapes) are produced by wineries in the Niagara Region and served in top local restaurants to compliment seasonal cuisine. If you’re looking to experience some incredible VQA wines this winter but aren’t sure where to start, try any of these sparkling, rosé, white, and red varieties, which are all available on the Rainbow Room’s current wine list.

Sparkling

Jackson-Triggs Grand Reserve Entourage 2012
This bubbly Brut from Jackson-Triggs Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake is hand-crafted in the Methode Classique, a time honoured way in which sparkling wine is produced. Once the wine undergoes fermentation in the barrel it undergoes additional two-year fermentation in the bottle, in a process known as “en tirage”. The Grand Reserve Entourage 2012 features creamy flavours of lemon and green apple along with a crisp finish, making it the perfect sparkling wine to sip and share this winter.

Rosé

13th Street Pink Palette Rosé 2013
13th Street Winery in St. Catharines produces a Pink Palette Rosé that offers a fruity and easy-going taste and works as a wonderful pairing to foods like grilled vegetables and fish. It’s crafted from Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grape varieties, forming a wonderful foundation for a fresh and vibrant drinking experience.

Ice Wine

Jackson-Triggs Proprietors Reserve Vidal Ice Wine

Niagara’s world-famous ice wine is produced from grapes that have been frozen while still on the vine, resulting in sweet and luscious dessert wines. The Proprietors Reserve Vidal Ice Wine from Jackson-Triggs Winery is a delicious variety packed with flavour and featuring delicious notes of apricot and peach. It’s a wine that will warm you up this winter and give you the best taste of Niagara’s beloved liquid gold.

White

Tawse Riesling 2014 “Limestone Ridge”

Tawse Winery is situated on the lower slopes of the Niagara Escarpment where there’s an abundance of dolomitic limestone, inspiring the name for this 2014 Riesling. It’s a complex white wine crafted from hand-harvested grapes and featuring aromas of green apple, lime, and pear, leading to a lively finish.

Red

Creekside Estate 2013 Syrah

Featuring one of the oldest and largest underground barrel cellars in Niagara, Creekside Estate Winery in Jordan produces a range of impressive VQA wines. The Creekside Estate 2013 Syrah is a full-bodied and smooth red wine that features blackberry and plum aromas, black pepper notes, and delicious fruit flavours, making it a great choice for winter wine tasting.

Explore the Cuisine of Piedmont with Massimo Capra in Niagara Falls

Massimo Carpa fresh culinary delights
Massimo Capra

This Friday, Chef Massimo Capra will be bringing the very best of Italy’s Piedmont region to Niagara Falls with A Culinary Tour of Piedmont in the Rainbow Room’s beautiful Fallsview dining room.

Piedmont is a spectacular region that sits in the foothill of the alps, and has cultivated a cuisine known for its rich and hearty dishes, strong flavours, and sophisticated wines. It is also home to the Slow Food movement, which promotes the use of local ingredients and traditional methods of cooking.

A Culinary Tour of Piedmont with Massimo Capra will offer a standing cocktail reception with canapés and Prosecco, the chance to mix and mingle with Chefs Massimo Capra and John Casciato, a delicious five-course dinner, and wine pairings from Piedmont’s Gigi Rosso Winery. And to make the evening even more special, the winemaker from Gigi Rosso Winery will also be in attendance.

The dinner will offer guests some of the finest wine and cuisine in Niagara Falls and is sure to be an unforgettable event. Both Dinner Only and Dinner & Hotel Room packages are available, so visit www.fallsavenueresort.com/Culinary for more information and to book your tickets today.

Niagara Culinary Experiences Series is Back at the Rainbow Room

Niagara Culinary Experiences with Chef Massimo Capra

The Niagara Culinary Experiences Series is back for another year of amazing dinners featuring world-class cuisine, local and international wines, and breathtaking views of Niagara Falls. This new season of dinner events will be kicking off with A Culinary Tour of Piedmont on October 27th at the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra, which will feature five courses of rich and delicious dishes, sophisticated wines from Gigi Rosso winery, and a cocktail reception with wonderful canapes and Prosecco.

Following this event, you can get a taste of what the amazing Italian region of Tuscany has to offer on March 23rd at A Culinary Tour of Tuscany with Massimo Capra. Tuscany is known for its art, culture, food, and wine, and the spirit of this Italian region will be brought to the Rainbow Room’s beautiful Fallsview dining room for a truly unforgettable evening. With wines from Antinori Winery and five courses of food that celebrate flavour and simplicity, this will be a culinary journey you won’t want to miss out on.

The Rainbow Room’s final culinary event is A Culinary Tour of Veneto on May 11th, which is also the last dinner event in the Niagara Culinary Experiences series. Italy’s Veneto region has a celebrated and long-standing culinary tradition and Chef Massimo Capra will be showcasing the best food and ingredients that it has to offer, along with amazing wines from Fumanelli winery.

Visit fallsavenueresort.com/culinary to book your Dinner-Only or Dinner & Hotel packages today, and get ready to embark on an unforgettable culinary journey to some of Italy’s finest regions, while taking in the breathtaking beauty of Niagara Falls.

A Bite of Italy in Niagara

Italian cuisine is an ancient and cultivated style of cooking that’s often associated with high-quality ingredients, simplicity, and refined techniques. The regional varieties make it a versatile cuisine, and at the Rainbow Room we honour the Italian tradition by offering innovative and delicious varieties of classic dishes and ingredients.

The seasonal menu is currently showcasing a number of wonderful Bites of Italy like local ricotta and crustini, which is the perfect start to a Fallsview meal. Ricotta cheese is a staple of Italian cooking and made from the goat, sheep, cow or water buffalo milk whey that’s left over after cheese production. Ricotta doesn’t need to be aged and its production dates all the way back to the Bronze Age. You can enjoy ricotta cheese in a variety of ways and it’s commonly used in Italian desserts like cheesecake and cannoli. It’s also used in savoury pasta, pizza, calzone, and lasagna dishes.

Another Bite of Italy experience at the Rainbow Room is ravioli served with Niagara peach and ghost pepper which mixes local ingredients with international tastes. Ravioli are a dumpling-like food that are composed of different fillings based on the region in which they’re being made. Popular fillings for ravioli include ricotta cheese, spinach and black pepper when prepared in Rome, and ricotta cheese and grated lemon rind in the Sardinia region of the country.

And lastly, you can get a bite of prosciutto served with flatbread, roasted garlic, arugula, grape tomato, and grana padano. Prosciutto is a delicious dry-cured ham, with a number of regional varieties. It’s a staple of Italian antipasti dishes and is must-eat at the Rainbow Room.

Rainbow Room Wins 2017 Certificate of Excellence

Trip Advisor 2017 Certificate of Excellence

The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra has just been awarded a 2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, which is given out annually to restaurants, accommodations, and attractions that consistently receive great reviews from TripAdvisor travelers. A trip to Niagara Falls can be a spectacular getaway, and here at the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra we love providing each of our guests with outstanding Fallsview dining experiences.

Our seasonal menu currently features innovative and modern Italian dishes like Crispy Goat Cheese Ravioli with Niagara peach and ghost pepper, Milli-Strato Lasagna made with 87 layers of hand-rolled pasta, Linguine Carbonara with smoked chicken, bacon, and zucchini ribbons, and Maple Mustard Crusted Ontario Lamb Rack with goat cheese and yukon gold gratin. And you can pair any of these dishes with incredible wines from our extensive wine list, which showcases reds and whites from local Niagara and international wineries.

So stop by the Rainbow Room for a delicious dinner in direct view of the thundering Niagara Falls and see for yourself what makes us a favourite amongst millions of TripAdvisor travelers from around the world.

Niagara’s Summer Harvest: The Season’s Best Fruits & Vegetables

Peaches in a basketHere at The Rainbow Room, we pride ourselves on creating innovative and modern Italian dishes using the fresh and versatile ingredients that each season in Niagara brings. And now that summer is officially here, there’s a wide variety of delicious fruits and vegetables coming into season, including raspberries, cucumbers, beans, and tomatoes, just to name a few.

What other fruits and vegetables can you look forward to finding this summer in Niagara? In the way of fruits, you can expect to find strawberries, plums, blueberries, cherries, and famous Ontario peaches. And for vegetables, expect to see a lot of lettuce, broccoli, peas, radishes, asparagus, cauliflower, beans, and cabbage. In fact, on the Rainbow Room’s dinner menu you can find a fresh and delicious Five Green Beans side salad and Crispy Goat Cheese Ravioli made with an incredible Niagara Peach and ghost pepper jelly.

You can also find fresh fruits and vegetables at a number of local supermarkets, farmers markets, restaurants, farms, and festivals throughout the region, making it easy to get your hands on delicious locally-grown produce. To find some of the very best Niagara peaches, make sure to stop by Niagara-on-the-Lake’s annual Peach Festival on August 12th where you’ll find incredible peachy food items from local bakeries and restaurants, local growers selling their juicy peaches, live entertainment, and much more.

Ramps in a bowlAnother great way to experience Niagara’s summer fruits and vegetables is by visiting a pick-your-own farm or orchard like Parkway Orchards in Niagara-on-the-Lake where you can pick your own cherries and peaches right from the trees. And the Niagara Region also has a number of great farmers markets that you can visit to pick up fruits, vegetables, homemade jams, honey, dairy products, and more. The St. Catharines Farmers Market is located downtown in Market Square and is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, while the Niagara Falls Farmers Market is located behind the Niagara Falls History Museum and is open on Saturday mornings.

There’s no shortage of ways to find and taste the fresh and delicious fruits and vegetables that summer brings in Niagara. Whether you visit our restaurant to try the seasonal menu, stop by a farm to pick your own fruit, or go to a farmers market to shop around for some produce, you are guaranteed to find a variety of wonderful fruits and vegetables that will give you a true taste of Niagara and add a little freshness to your summer.