Even more foodies from Chicago, Detroit, and Toronto will be driving down Peel Street in Woodstock to dine at SixThirtyNine as they are the latest Ontario restaurant to receive FeastON accreditation.
Chef Eric Boyar along with his mother Pauline Bucek had a vision for casual, fine dining restaurant SixThirtyNine when they opened almost 10 years ago. Offer guests a true farm-to-table experience with an innovative menu featuring fresh, local ingredients and to support the agricultural industry of Oxford County.
“My family all had farms and I wanted to maintain that connection,” explains Chef Eric who is a regular at the Saturday Farmers’ Market in Woodstock. “I wanted to do something different in the community and work together with our local farmers to feature local products. We list the producers, farmers and suppliers that we use to promote and direct people to where they can get the same products we use for our menu.”
FeastON certification assures local travelers and tourists of a unique dining experience that features Ontario growers and producers. At SixThirtyNine you can enjoy fresh local produce, artisan cheeses, beef and trout. “FeastON is all encompassing,” says Chef Eric. “Aside from being food to table, the criteria includes VQA wines and craft breweries. It is important to us to work in partnership with local farmers, growers and producers. Our guests know they are supporting their local community. The more restaurants that become part of FeastON the better for everybody in Ontario Culinary Tourism.”
Chef Eric’s artistry, commitment to local food and fresh ingredients is making Downtown Woodstock and Oxford County a popular culinary tourism destination with foodies.
The pride of relationships he builds and maintains with community partners such as Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese and Railway City Brewing Company has garnered SixThirtyNine with awards making it a destination restaurant in Ontario.
Tourists on their way to Niagara from states such as Michigan visit based on traveler reviews posted on Trip Advisor where SixThirtyNine is ranked Woodstock’s #1 Restaurant.
SixThirtyNine was awarded Trip Advisor’s 2014 Certificate of Excellence earned through consistent, outstanding feedback from Trip Advisor Travelers
This is not the first time SixThirtyNine has been recognized for their commitment to local food. Earlier in 2014 they received an Agricultural Award of Excellence for Innovation from the Oxford County Federation of Agriculture (restaurant highlights video). SixThirtyNine also is a proud member of Oxford Fresh, a group of chefs, growers and processors whose mandate to promote regional fresh flavours includes Oxfordlicious, a month long celebration in September of local food and local eating.
“It is nice to be recognized and makes us keep pushing forward to do better,” explains Chef Eric. “It is rewarding to know we are giving people a unique dining experience they enjoy while sharing a common philosophy with the agricultural community.” As SixThirtyNine continues to be recognized and celebrated, the simple philosophy of working together as a community remains at the heart of its success.
Written by: Kathy Bruni