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Red House

Red House is an Uptown Waterloo bistro restaurant from Chef Dan McCowan that opened in April 2013

We are passionately focused on fresh food & crafted cocktails, inspired by quality ingredients & international flavours

We are open for lunch and dinner Tuesday to Friday, and brunch and dinner Saturday

We focus on supporting local as much as we expect local to support us 

We will inspire you with our genuine hospitality 

We are fun, energetic, and never pretentious 

We love food, we love beer, we love wine 

We can't wait to see you

Never mind the mammoth chain-y dining rooms of the region's outer reaches. Duck into this small-but-cozy dining room instead.

-Leigh Clarkson, The Record

Chef Dan McCowan

Record Reader's Choice 2016 & 2014 Diamond winner for Favourite Local Chef

Ontario hostelry institute award for top 30 under 30 hospitality professionals 2010

Chef Dan McCowan was born in Scarborough, Ontario but grew up here in Kitchener Waterloo. He graduated from the Chef Apprentice program at George Brown College in the summer of 2003, and quickly after that received his Red Seal Certification.

Though his culinary career humbly started as a dishwasher at a local fish n' chips shop, he always took pride in his craft, constantly seeking opportunities to learn, and to move up the ranks no matter what kitchen he was in.
He steadily worked his way through many different positions & challenges during his apprenticeship, wanting to continually diversify and expand on his skill set.

He moved to Toronto to gain some big city experience while enrolled in Chef school in 2001.
This decision was the most influencial and inspiring of his young career. While learning new cooking techniques and ingredients on a daily basis. He also was exposed to a taste of real chef culture in the city, being constantly exposed to new food, new flavours & passionate cooks who could talk about nothing but food (and music) until 4am.
It was while working as a saucier at oliver & bonicini's jump cafe in toronto where he decided he'd always be a chef.

Upon returning to the region, he spent his days with The Charcoal Group of restaurants.
There, he was given the opportunity to run several different kitchens for the local company, including his first head chef position at Del Dente at the age of 23, being selected as the opening chef de cuisine for uptown waterloo's Bauer Kitchen by 26, and Executive Chef for the flagship Charcoal Steakhouse & Martini's restaurants by age 29.

Dan truly enjoyed each stop along the way of his career, but it is with great pride that he welcomes his guests to his first independent restaurant venture red house in uptown waterloo, to experience his fresh, original cuisine, and genuine hospitality.

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laurie wonfor nolan

A graduate of the Sheridan College Illustration program, Laurie started her career as a commercial artist in 1983. She began combining those skills with her love of the land in 1996 and three years later had her first solo show of large scale ‘plein air’ landscapes in Toronto. Although, her immediate approach to painting in the landscape has continued to be a large part of her art practice, new subjects, ideas and inspiration continually influence her work.

Laurie began teaching in 2008 offering a variety of classes and workshops at the Cambridge Centre for the Arts, Dundas Valley School of Art, as well as her loft studio in Hespeler, ON.

Laurie’s own LWN Chapel Studio and Gallery now located in a renovated church in Ayr, ON, has become a haven for painters and a destination for art lovers. Mentorship programs, private sessions and plein air classes are offered during this time. Gallery is open Saturdays  from 12-4 and by private appointment.

Represented in corporate and private collections in Canada, USA, Italy, Germany and Austria.

Awards include the Bernice Adams Memorial Award for Visual Art in 2008 and the KW Women of Distinction Award for Arts and Culture in 2011.

For more information about classes, purchasing a painting, or to schedule a visit to the gallery contact:

LWN Chapel Studio

3258 Roseville Road,  Ayr ON,  N0B 1E0  

Selected work also available through:

Arts on Queen, Toronto ON

Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington ON
Good Earth Food and Wine Company, Beamsville,  ON

Red House, Waterloo ON

Tart Cafe,  Port Carling ON