Taste the world in downtown St. Catharines #LoveSTC tour

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Restaurant-goers can now experience a multi-restaurant tour set up by #LoveSTC called Taste The World.

The tour, available online via the Goosechase app, outlines a list of restaurants of international and other cuisines that offer in-person dining and curbside pickup options. The Taste The World event ends on March 21.

Part-tour and part-scavenger hunt, diners can follow directions in the GooseChase App to qualify for prizes by completing missions and collecting points. The two kinds of missions available are GPS check in and photo capture. Diners can collect points to earn weekly prizes and be entered in a grand prize draw for one of two $500 St. Catharines dining packages.

One of the participating restaurants is Cafe Garibaldi Ristorante. The Italian restaurant and tea house, which offers vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, is owned and operated by Anne Marie Vivani.

The restaurant is a family affair, founded by Vivani, her brother and mother 25 years ago. The name of the restaurant comes from the main square of her parents’ hometown, Casalbordino, Italy. She said adjusting her “casual fine-dining” restaurant to COVID protocol was a struggle; however, through downsized menus, take-home meals and to-go tea options, she managed to see some success. Vivani said she looks forward to the exposure her restaurant will get from the Taste the World event. “Being here 25 years, we're probably one of the best-kept secrets. There's a lot of people in the city that don't know we exist,” Vivani said.

Cold Break Brewing is a St. Catharines brewery that has been around for a little over a year. Morgan Buckley is the general manager and partial owner of the 125-seat taproom and 18-barrel brewhouse that is one of the listed establishments for the event.

Founded in December 2019, Cold Break had to change their business plan early on, Buckley said, shifting from indoor dining to online orders for doorstep delivery and curbside pickup. “But we're definitely excited to start opening our doors again,” he added.

Although the brewery has no specific international influence, Buckley said the aim of Cold Break is to pair local foods with seasonal and different varieties of beer.

He said the brand itself is based on the idea of a cold break. “Whether you're changing schools, you're changing relationships, changing career paths, you're taking a cold break, and sometimes, you just need to have a beer, kick back and relax,” Buckley said.

Moosa Imran, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Grimsby Lincoln News