About the BC Restaurant Hall of Fame

The BC Restaurant Hall of Fame was conceived in 2004 and the first groups of inductees were honoured in March of 2005. An initiative of the British Columbia Restaurant and Foodservices Association, this is the first, and remains the only, Restaurant Hall of Fame in Canada. The BC Restaurant Hall of Fame was established to recognize and celebrate the individuals in the restaurant industry who have made significant contributions to the BC restaurant scene; making it the finest in Canada.

Together, Bing Smith and Don Monsour, took their vision from conception to reality.

The inaugural group of sixteen inductees was lead by Erwin Doebeli and Umberto Menghi and included legends such as Nat Bailey, Hy Aisenstat, George Tidball, Bruno Marti and Harry McWatters. Our pioneers are being honoured, as they created our industry. Our active inductees are designing our future. Our friends of the industry assist us in making our present time a success and supporting us to our future successes.

2016 represents a changing point for the awards – one that recognizes the changes in how restaurants are doing business. We know that in addition to individuals, the brands and the people behind them are positively changing the BC restaurant experience. Recognizing the importance of brand building and social media, we are expanding our recognition to include restaurants themselves for their excellence and their contribution to building an unparalleled restaurant culture in British Columbia.

The BC dining scene is recognized across the country as industry and trend leading. On February 4th, we gather to celebrate the individuals and businesses whose vision, creativity and unbelievable hard work made this possible by inducting them into the BC Restaurant Hall of Fame.


For oLogo_BreakfastClub_CMYKver 20 years, Breakfast Club of Canada (the Club) has been nourishing children’s potential by ensuring they have access to a healthy morning meal before school, in an environment that allows their self-esteem to grow and flourish. The Club’s programs take a broad approach that promotes the core values of student engagement, enrichment and empowerment. They team up with communities and local, regional and national partners to develop solutions to support children and youth. Operating from coast to coast, the Breakfast Club of Canada helps feed 163,634 students every day in 1,455 schools.

Why do Breakfast Clubs need our support?

  • Today, nearly 1 million children in Canada are at risk of going to school hungry.
  • 1 in 5 children are at risk of arriving to school hungry
  • 1 in 2 children in Aboriginal communities are at risk of arriving at school hungry
  • Provincially, BC has the second highest poverty rate in Canada
  • When you realize that 60% of learning happens before lunch, it becomes clear why breakfast is indeed the most important meal of the day
  • 98% of teachers with a Breakfast Club in their school say it has a positive impact