The Pine: Where Local Gets an Immersive International Twist
Updated: Dec 30, 2021
The Pine, located in Collingwood Ontario, has been on a global journey to define their creative culinary style. Owners Cassie and Jeremy thoughtfully curate local ingredients with international influence.
They utilize locally sourced produce, largely from Cassie’s family farm and their menu is regularly updated to reflect seasonal availability. Their meat and fish are sourced within Canada, from locations that are as local as possible, with an emphasis on sustainable practices.
The menu is highly influenced by Asian cuisine and culture based on their travel and work experiences overseas and you can tell with one look at the presentation and one taste of the food that each dish is created with the utmost care. The result is an immersive dining experience which is so much more than just a meal out at a restaurant.
During the period of restaurant closures due to Covid 19, The Pine, like other restaurants, pivoted to offer curbside pick up, while still managing to retain the essence of the experience that one would have when dining at their restaurant. Saturday multi-course meals with plating instructions and takeaway noodles were two of the offerings that I was able to take advantage of during this time. I also enjoyed an amazing multi-course New Year’s Eve meal, complete with preparation and plating instructions, printed facts about the history and inspiration of each dish and conversation starters to prompt reflective discussion about the previous year during the meal.
Once restaurants opened for indoor dining, you can bet that I was one of the first to book and the in-person experience was absolutely world class! Having enjoyed dining at the Pine a few times now, I can attest to the fact that dish after dish is absolute perfection. Their menu consists of a multi-course prix fixe tasting menu of seasonal items, with options to pair with local wines. The inspiration behind each dish and pairings are thoughtfully explained by the staff and Chef Jeremy’s curation of creative flavour combinations and artful plating are some of the most incredible I’ve ever experienced.
Simcoe county is lucky to have such a gem locally but be sure to book ahead, they only have 10 seats that book well in advance. To keep up to date with their latest offerings, be sure to give them a follow on their Facebook or Instagram accounts and see what they’re up to!