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.
Artist - Laurie Wonfor Nolan
A graduate of the Sheridan College Illustration program, Laurie has had a successful career as a commercial artist since 1983. Continuing to paint 'for herself', Laurie had her first solo show of large scale 'plein aire' landscapes in Toronto in December of 1999. Her immediate and honest approach to painting in the landscape now carries through to still life and urban subjects. In addition, her life drawings and animal studies are part of many collections where again, working directly from observation remains at the core.
Recently, live performance painting has become a keen interest and Laurie has had the opportunity to share the stage with a diverse group of musicians including Liala Biali, Brandi Desterheft, Kris Roe, Ben Grossman and Matt Storch, among others.
Laurie currently teaches acrylic painting and offers the popular ‘Fearless Painting Workshops’ at the Cambridge Centre for the Arts and in addition hosts classes and workshops in her Hespeler studio.
Laurie was the recipient of the Bernice Adams Memorial Award for Visual Art in 2008 and was honoured with the Women of Distinction Award for Arts and Culture in 2011.