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Cooking like a chef at Samuel’s Hotel

18 Jan

samuelsspencer6By Diva Heather Boa

GODERICH – They’re five basic ingredients: flour, kosher salt, eggs, olive oil and cream.

But they hold so much potential, as a dozen aproned people discovered during a Saturday morning pasta-making class led by Chef Spencer Vail at Samuel’s Hotel Inc. just north of Goderich.

In three hours, those ingredients were mixed, kneaded, rested, pulled, cut, filled, folded, pinched, and shaped into delicate pasta packages stuffed with all sorts of delicious mixtures. Chef Vail, of Cait’s Kitchen, demonstrated a few fundamental techniques, a few simple sauces, and a couple of cheats for making pasta on a weekend that would result in easy meals through the working week. The students gathered around the kitchen island to watch intently, ignoring the winter river scene out the hotel suite’s patio windows.

samuelsspencer11There was butternut squash baked and blended with cinnamon, fennel seeds, peppercorn, cloves, and star anise, which were piped onto waiting pasta to make a folded agnolotti, then fried in butter and sage.

There were braised chicken thighs, flavoured in a stock of onions, carrots, water, salt and peppercorn, which would be pulled for the filling for ravioli, then topped with a sauce of the stock reduction, along with mushrooms and kale.

There were aged cheddar, Swiss, and jalapeño goat cheese filled into pasta shaped into tortellini and topped with a mixture of simmered cherry tomatoes, chopped onions and smoked garlic, with a touch of cream added at the end.

samuelsspencer9“Any paste you like the taste of you can use as a filling,” Chef Vail said, as students pulled pasta through the pasta-making machine and cut shapes in the dough.

As one budding cook pointed out, all we needed was a good bottle of red wine – or a bad bottle of red wine.


What: Cook Like A Chef, with Chef Spencer Vail

Where: Samuel’s Hotel Inc., 34031 Saltford Rd., Goderich, ON

More details: Learn some pretty great kitchen skills and share in the meal prepared. Stay Friday or Saturday night in a cozy room with a fireplace and enjoy a hot breakfast the following morning. Classes are held Saturdays. Packages priced per couple. Additional guests taking part in the classes are $70pp.
January 16 ~ Local Ingredients, International Flavour
January 30 ~ That’s How I Roll
February 13 ~ Get in the Game
February 27 ~ To be Announced

February 6 ~ Valentines Crash Course: Beyond Making Toast and Boiling Water – Learn How not to Suck at Cooking (This class is for men only. Craft Beer is included in this class)

To register: Email kim@samuelshotel.ca, phone 1-877-524-1371 or 519-524-1371

Website: http://www.samuelshotel.ca




Ten Great Things to do in Huron County this March Break

13 Mar


File Photo.

File Photo.

  1. Families can spend every day of the week at Huron County Museum, where there’s always something going on. There’s the Drop-In Family Games Room, with oldies like Atari, Nintendo, crokinole and vintage crafts. Or Movie Madness, complete with popcorn. Follow the clues on a self-guided quest for answers then enter a draw for an iPad Mini or dinner & movie night for the whole family. And, finally, there’s a History Hall App Launch Party preceded by a showing of vintage footage from Huron County main streets.
  2. Get outdoors for Maple Magic Sugar Shack at Samuels Hotel on Saturday, March 13. Come out for horse drawn sleigh rides, Robinson Maple Products maple tours, activities, heated patio, hot alcohol and non-alcohol drinks all day, and a maple-themed dessert extravaganza.
  3. The Municipality of North Huron has a week of day camps, with bowling, tropical games, candy sports, skating and swimming. As well, there are daily swimming and skating times.
  4. Catch the Peter Mennie’s Abra Kid Abra Magic Show at the Blyth Festival on Saturday, March 21 at 1 p.m. You and your kids will get a big laugh. Then afterwards, head across the road to Queen’s Bakery for a hot chocolate and a treat.
  5. Spend a few hours on the lanes at Little Bowl in Goderich. They’ve got specials on two games and shoes package and two hours all you can bowl package.
  6. Strap on the skates for free ice time at the Central Huron Community Complex, courtesy of the local Optimist Club. There are time slots for figure skating, shinny and public skating.
  7. Travel through ancient Egypt, the Wild West, the Medieval Times, and even back to the future during March Break activities for the whole family at the YMCA in Central Huron.
  8. Bingo, martial arts, shinny, a walk on the McNaughton-Morrison Trail, and plenty of other activities are on the slate of events during March Break in the Municipality of South Huron.
  9. The warm weather makes it a great time for an outdoor hike. The Watershed Outdoor Club hosts a Signs of Spring and Hiking Smart on Thursday. This event is part of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority’s programming.
  10. For the 66th year running, Goderich arenas will be the battlegrounds for some of the best Pee Wee hockey around, with the Goderich Lions’ Young Canada Week. Watch boys and girls team compete through the week.


Snowflake Getaway at Samuels

9 Dec


Snowflake Stay PackagesSamuelsHotel2

Starting at $105 per person.
Package includes a $50 dining credit for Samuels, a winter welcome package in your guestroom, overnight accommodation and breakfast for two.
Prices:Queen $210 for two people, King Riverside $230, King Jacuzzi Suite $255, Schoolhouse Suite $430
BOOK ONLINE OR CALL 1-877-524-1371

*** Alternative Rates February 13 – 15

by Diva Caroline
I am still enjoying the relaxed feeling that I instantly had upon entering the front lobby of Samuels hotel, located just outside of Goderich, for the Snowflake Getaway with my husband this past weekend. As parents to three busy kiddos we always say to each other that we need the chance to get away and spend some time without the kids but rarely do that. This package from Samuels provided just what we needed to relax and enjoy some “us” time with out being called “mom and dad” for a bit. The package included accommodation with a welcome gift, $50 voucher towards our dinner from the bistro menu and breakfast. I have enjoyed cooking classes and dinners out at Samuels but I never had the opportunity to stay overnight. The owners, Hugh and Kim Burgsma, have created a beautiful 13 room (plus the school house suite) boutique hotel that one would expect in a big city and made it available to visitors to Ontario’s West Coast.


We were greeted by the friendly front of house staff member, Sarah, and felt very welcomed. The large Jacuzzi room was nicely furnished and very clean. The view from the terrace was of the beautiful Maitland River and provided a wonderful sunset as we enjoyed a pre-dinner drink in our room. As the weather was cooler, we took advantage of the fireplace in our room to add to the relaxing atmosphere.

We enjoyed a fabulous meal from the Bistro menu along side other guests by the stone fireplace in the dining room. We started with the baked Brie with berry port compote and French Onion soup, which was the perfect start to our dining experience. Our mains included a smoked pulled-pork wrap (a favourite of my husband’s) and coconut curry prawns with basmati rice, which was beautifully scented.  And, the servings were very large! We decided we could not turn down dessert and shared a mouth-watering brandy baklava that was served with warm crème Anglaise. YUM!


On our way back to our room we stopped to pick up a DVD from the collection available to guests to watch back in our room. It was nice to be able to have access to a wide variety of titles, along with several books that are free to borrow.  A variety of snacks and beverages are also available for guests to purchase.

I took advantage of the beautifully large Jacuzzi tub and enjoyed a nice long soak with some wonderfully scented bath salts that were provided in the room. Afterwards we cozied up on our bed to watch the movie. It is so nice to have a DVD player in each room.

After an amazing long sleep in the comfy bed, we ventured out into the dining area for our breakfast, which included a continental buffet of cereals, fruit, yogurt, breads and pastries, juice and coffee as well as an item off the hot breakfast menu. My husband enjoyed the Caramapple crepes (so good) and I had the Belgium waffle with fresh berries. Service was, again, excellent – as was the food.


I would highly recommend the Snowflake Getaway package at Samuels. They really understand hospitality and treated us like valued guests. It is in a great location for exploring all that Goderich and area has to offer this winter – from snowshoeing and cross-country skiing on the trails to shopping at the many excellent shops in the downtown square! Why not book yourself some time with friends or your partner and enjoy all that Samuels and Ontario’s West Coast has to offer?!


For more information or to book you package visit here:

Starting at $105 per person.
Package includes a $50 dining credit for Samuels, a winter welcome package in your guestroom, overnight accommodation and breakfast for two.
Prices:Queen $210 for two people, King Riverside $230, King Jacuzzi Suite $255, Schoolhouse Suite $430
BOOK ONLINE OR CALL 1-877-524-1371

*** Alternative Rates February 13 – 15

DUCK Dinner at Samuels enjoyed by this Travel Diva

12 Nov

by Diva Rachel Lynn

I think the name of this dinner should be renamed to “mmmmmmm”.  Seriously.  I recently had the pleasure of attending my first Food for Thought dinner at Samuels Hotel, just north of Goderich.  It was my girlfriend Caroline who suggested that we go.  I made reservations right away because any event I’ve ever attended at Samuels sells out fast! The food prepared had many local suppliers: Bayfield Berry Farm, Weth Mushrooms, Firmly Rooted, Shanahan’s Meats and Everspring Farms. As we waited for our starter, the owner of Everspring Farms, Dale Donaldson, told us a bit about Muscovy duck: they have a distinct flavor (like beef), Males are larger than females, lower in fat. starterddm_1Our started was Duck and Shiitake Dumplings:  fried dumplings with duck, shiitake mushrooms and chestnuts. Salad (sorry no picture, It was too good and ¾ gone by the time I remembered). Baby kale, sweet potato, curried quinoa and cranberries.



Muscovy Duck Breast, white bean puree, brussel sprouts . The duck was seared with black currant cassis sauce, white bean puree, bacon and lemon brussels sprouts.



Concord Grape Mousse, fresh off the vine grapes whipped into a light creamy mousse. I thought at many points throughout my meal that I may need to smack hands away from my duck and mousse.  To say it was delicious is a serious understatement.

Kim Burgsma, chef and owner of Samuels Hotel came by our table at the end of our meal to say hello.  I couldn’t say enough good things about the meal and about Kim.

To find out more about Samuels Hotel, please visit www.samuelshotel.ca  This is a must see place in Huron County.

Samuels Hotel Inc.
34031 Saltford Rd
Goderich, ON N7A 4C6
(519) 524-1371


Huron County Suppliers: Bayfield Berry Farm, Weth Mushrooms, Firmly RootedShanahan’s Meats  and Everspring Farms.

Samuel’s Thursday Night Sushi is Back!

31 Jul

Samuel's Summer Sushi Backby Diva Calista Powell
Transitioning from living in the city for 5 years to moving back to Huron County is something I welcomed with open arms back in March. I knew that I would not miss the hustle and bustle of traffic, the blaring sirens and unfamiliar faces. But my gosh, I did not consider how much I would miss sushi. Luckily, a good friend and foodie extraordinaire, Jill Donnelly, notified me that her work, Samuel’s Hotel in Saltford, serves these beautiful rice rolls every Thursday night. Conveniently located across the street from my Dad’s house, I met up with Jill and our mutual friend Brittany and was pleasantly surprised to see the wide variety of sushi rolls on the menu. I would have to say that the best part about the menu was the great promotion they have on Thursday night called “A Dinner for One”. For $21, you can order your choice of 1 starter, 1 roll, and 1 dessert. This was a great choice for all of us as Jill is an experienced sushi connoisseur, and Brittany had never tried any before so we ordered to share.

The summer fresh rolls.

The summer fresh rolls.

After mowing down our appetizers of always-a-great-choice edamame and some super gingery summer rolls (fresh rolls), I felt nearly full already but had to continue when the main course arrived. Jill, feeling daring, ordered the Fusion Fire roll which was a spicy blend of Lake Huron white bass, cucumber, and peppers topped with a chili mayo, and after having a couple pieces I thought my mouth was going to literally light on fire. They don’t joke when they say extra spicy, but then again I’m kind of a sissy when it comes to hot foods. Britt chose the safe option and went with the Teriyaki Chicken and although she was a little timid to take the first bite, she ate every last piece and tried some of mine and Jill’s. I decided to go with the Fusion Salmon roll which was cold smoked salmon, cream cheese, chives, cucumber and avocado topped with a pile of fish roe. Britt asked what the “little orange balls” were, and with our encouragement she tried, and liked arguably as much as Jill and I did.
Teriyaki chicken rolls. I have such great friends for letting me sneak a few morsels  off of their plates. “Guys, it’s for a Travel Diva’s article, come onnnn”.

Teriyaki chicken rolls. I have such great friends for letting me sneak a few morsels
off of their plates. “Guys, it’s for a Travel Diva’s article, come onnnn”.

If we weren’t wowed enough already, when the chocolate brownie and emperor’s napolean desserts came out we were definitely impressed. The presentation was so beautiful I almost felt bad destroying it, but it was worth every bite. I have never seen a dessert as elaborate as the emperor’s napolean. As expected, the sweet crispy wontons, green tea whipped cream, summer berries and raspberry chocolate liquor sauce were to die for. I have to say that one of my favourite things to do is introduce friends to excellent cuisine and I don’t think we could have picked a better place than Samuel’s Hotel to dine for girls night.

To view the rest of Samuel’s Special Thursday night Sushi menu: http://samuelshotel.ca/component/content/article/11-dining/31-summer-sushi

Samuel’s Hotel Inc. are located at
34031 Saltford Rd.,  Goderich, ON N7A 4C6


A deliciously rich brownie

A deliciously rich brownie

All hail the emperor’s napoleon.

All hail the emperor’s napoleon.

Sushi for you and me

6 Jun

Sushi at Samuels

By Diva Jenna Ujiye

Every Thursday from May 29th on Samuels Hotel will be serving sushi and I had to get there on the first day to try it out! I have been making my own sushi for years and was just so happy that chef Kim decided to add this to her forever-growing offerings at the hotel.

Dessert at SamuelsIMG_4474The sushi I typically make has whatever leftovers I have in the fridge rolled up with sushi rice and nori (seaweed), so I was happy to see the wonderful menu with local Ontario fish in it! I guess I should say I was getting sick or “leftover roast pork sushi” and “I only have a cucumber sushi”.

The King's at Samuels Fish bowl at Samuels

When I went in, Sarah and Dunya (staff at Samuels), were ready with a menu for me. There were 10 different sushi varieties – 5 starters,  2 combos and three dessert options! Being allergic to shellfish, I had to stick to fish and vegetable options and ordered the smoked salmon roll and the fushion salmon roll along with wonton crisps as a starter. I skipped out on dessert as I really didn’t have room for it anyway, with 8 rolls in each order I was stuffed after about 12 pieces and half of the wontons!

The prices range from $3.75-$6.75 for starters, $7.95 – $13.95 for sushi and desserts are less than $7.00. Literally you can get a whole 3 course quality meal for $19!

The food, service and experience was excellent and I can’t wait to go back again! Samuels Hotel also offers rooms, lunch and dinner specials and much more. Visit their website here: http://www.samuelshotel.ca and add them on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/samuelshotel?ref=ts&fref=ts

Samuels is located at 34031 Saltford Rd  Goderich, ON N7A 4C6

(519) 524-1371

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Good Food, Good Company ~ Valentine’s Day in Huron

13 Feb


Don’t miss our Poll at the End of this Post


Dinner for Lovers at The Little Inn of Bayfield
Feb 14 –  $65/pp | Menu | five scrumptious courses that include foie gras and flourless chocolate cake! | Gourmet offerings and a cozy atmosphere in Ontario’s longest continually-operating Inn in beautiful, historic Bayfield. | reservations required – call  1-800-565-1832

Valentine’s Day Rendezvous

Valid February 14th, only | Your package includes one night’s accommodation in the best room available on booking, Chef’s special Valentine’s Day Dinner Menu and a hot made-to-order breakfast in the morning. This package is available on February 14th only. | $305 per couple | Gratuities Not Included, Taxes Not Included | Available from 14/02/2013 to 15/02/2013 | Call for reservations:  1-800-565-1832

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Be My Valentine!!

5-course Valentine’s Dinner for Lovers  in the Ivey Dining Room

$39/pp ~ February 11 – 17th

Accommodation Packages Offered All Month Long

Accommodation Packages Offered All Month Long | February Midweek Special – $319 per couple – Best available room at time of booking | $100 dining credit, Breakfast, Chocolate Covered Strawberries and a Split of champagne in room at check in

Saturday Night Special

$369 per couple – Best available room at time of booking | $100 dining credit, Brunch on Sunday Morning, Chocolate Covered Strawberries  and a Split of Champagne in room at check in

CALL 1-800-265-1711 for more information

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Cinnamon Jim’s Café in Brussels!

Valentine Open Mic Dinner & Show on Feb 15 | Show hosted by John Bryndza & Dave Hawkins | Two dinner seatings at 6:00pm & 7:15pm. Show @ 8:30 | Call 519-887-8011

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 Valentine’s Dinner at Eddington’s

Exeter – Feb 14 – $95 per couple (+ tax & gratuity) | Appetizer, Entree and a Romantic Dessert for Two | Casual, Fine Dining in Exeter’s oldest House | Fresh Local Ingredients  Menu

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Valentines Dinner at Samuels Hotel

Friday Feb.15, 5:45pm & 8:00pm seating ~ $40pp prix fixe | Shared Starter | Soup or Salad | Main | Shared Finish | Price does not include beverages, taxes, or gratuity. | Call or Email to make your Reservations 519.524.1371 ~ www.samuelshotel.ca ~ kim@samuelshotel.ca

Thyme on 21

Thyme on 21 is offering a special Valentine’s Day Dinner too!  It is sold out, but watch for special Themed Menus being offered in the coming weeks.

How to do plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Happy Valentine’s Day from Ontario Travel Divas