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Canning Village Leadership Candidate 2018 (deadline March 2, 2018)


March 2, 2018 is the deadline.


Annapolis Valley Chef Michael Williams Awarded Chef of the Year 2017

Chef Michael Williams - Crystany's Brasserie
Chef Michael Williams – Crystany’s Brasserie

Michael Williams, chef of Crystany’s Brasserie in Canning, Nova Scotia, was recently recognised for his achievements at the annual ApEx Event held at the Halifax Casino, March 27, 2017. He received the prestigious Chef of the Year – Independent Food Service Award for the Atlantic Provinces.

ApEx is known as “Canada’s Premier Foodservice and Hospitality Event.”  It brings together a very wide range of representatives from the food and beverage industry, from chefs and line cooks to caterers and restaurant owners and operators. The giant exhibition takes time to also acknowledge the accomplishments of notable people in the industry, like Williams.

Williams is an accomplished young chef and graduate of the Culinary Arts Program at NSCC. Originally from Jackson, Tennessee, he’s honed his professional skills in Bridgewater, Lunenburg, and Halifax, and has been calling Nova Scotia his permanent home for years.  Now he’s the chef of Nova Scotia’s first entirely gluten-free dining establishment, Crystany’s Brasserie, which he operates with his partner, Brittany Maxner. His skills at preparing magnificent gluten-free dishes has gained a lot of admiration and appreciation by gluten-intolerant and regular patrons alike.

In response to his receipt of the coveted award, Williams remarked “I’m super happy to be given such a high honour, but that doesn’t mean I’m done; it just means I’ve got to strive to be even better.”

Crystany’s Brasserie is located at 9848 Main St., Canning, Nova Scotia, Canada  B0P 1H0. Visit their web site at http://www.crystanysbrasserie.com.

Canning Architect Wins Lieutenant Governor’s 2013 Citation in Architectural Design Award

Houdini Design Architecture
Houdini Design Architecture (Photography by Bridget Havercroft Images 902.691.3453)

Houdinidesign Architect is pleased to announce that Canning architect Lisa Tondino has
just won a Lieutenant Governor’s 2013 Citation in Architectural Design Award.

The Nova Scotia Association of Architects (NSAA) holds the annual architectural design
awards competition to recognize outstanding architectural design by its members.

The Citation Award is in recognition of an exceptional renovation of the Ritchie
Residence in Sandy Cove, Nova Scotia. An adaption of a barn-like structure
transformed it into a richly-textured two-storey dwelling.

Designers Judy Obersi and Alex Bolen collaborated with Tondino on the award-winning

The jury consisted of Christine Macy, Dean of Dalhousie Faculty of Architecture and
Planning; George Cotaras, NSAA, MRAIC / Fowler Bauld & Mitchell Ltd.; and Jonathan
Carmichael, NSAA, MRAIC / S.P. Dumaresq Architects Ltd.

The jurors noted that the renovation was remarkable for its “rich variety of spaces” and
the architect’s “clever strategy for accomplishing privacy and light transmission across
the ground floor plan.”

The jurors reviewed 19 entries of outstanding projects for the 2013 design awards.
The presentation ceremony and reception for the Lieutenant Governor’s Design Awards
in Architecture will be held later this year at Government House, where His Honour
Brigadier-General The Honourable J.J. Grant, CMM, ONS, CD (Ret’d) will present the
Medal and Certificates to Tondino and six other award-winning designers.

Houdinidesign is currently designing a small net zero energy home near Kentville. The
company’s focus is on well-crafted, sustainable residences and small community-based
architecture. Houdinidesign welcomes new residential and commercial clients.
The Ritchie renovation will be displayed on the NSAA website: www.nsaa.ns.ca

For more information:
Lisa Tondino, houdinidesign@gmail.com 902.582.7749 www.lisatondino.com.

Houdini Design Architecture
Houdini Design Architecture (Photography by Bridget Havercroft Images 902.691.3453)


Houdini Design Architecture
Houdini Design Architecture (Photography by Bridget Havercroft Images 902.691.3453)