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We recently received the following email with some exciting news regarding Maple Leaf Tavern. Check it out!

Chef Eric Wood Behind the Stoves at Maple Leaf Tavern & PORT Restaurant

Toronto & East GTA (November 4, 2014) – Maple Leaf Tavern and PORT Restaurant are pleased to announce the addition of Chef Eric Wood to their leadership team. Chef Wood recently left his year-long outpost at the Beverly Hotel in Toronto.

We are thrilled to have Chef Wood join our team. This partnership will offer a timely addition to our current food & beverage programs”, says Todd Morgan, Principal Partner.

For years PORT Restaurant has transformed the culinary scene East of the city, providing an elegant yet casual dining experience. Chef Wood brings to PORT Restaurant years of experience, which he will use in showcasing a renewed culinary program.

But worry not, as Chef Wood’s ingenuity is not leaving the City. “Maple Leaf Tavern will be a culmination of everything I came to Toronto for, both personally and career wise and I’m really looking forward to putting some of my culinary memories and experiences from crisscrossing North America down onto plates and creating brand new ones as well,” says Chef Wood. “Our goal is to re-create the Maple Leaf Tavern to compliment the community and to stand out as a neigbourhood destination for the east side of the city,” adds Morgan.

Chef Wood’s culinary talents will focus on overseeing the culinary program at PORT and the day to day operations at the Maple Leaf Tavern. Chef Eric will be putting his stamp on the PORT menu in the coming weeks, and developing menus and a team for an early 2015 Launch of the Maple Leaf Tavern.

For more information or inquiries, please contact Angelika King info@houndmedia.com or call (647) 505 9603.


The Maple Leaf Tavern is a storied 100-year-old East End Toronto landmark. The space is currently undergoing a detailed Restoration. The Maple Leaf Tavern will re-open in 2015 as a North American Tavern occupying the Main and Cellar levels, with short/mid term office spaces available on the second and third floors.

The Maple Leaf Tavern is located at 955 Gerrard Street East in Toronto, ON.



Established in 2008, PORT has been recognized as the being one of the top culinary destinations in the East GTA. A family owned and operated Restaurant and Bar, with a stunning lakeside view of Frenchman’s Bay, and is the only Feast Ontario certified establishment in Durham Region.

PORT Restaurant is located at 1289 Wharf Street in Pickering, ON



Chef Eric Wood has been responsible for the creation of such concepts as The Beverley Hotel, Hawthorne Food And Drink, FABARNAK, the YellowBelly Group, Eagle Ranch Resort and L’Azia, for all of which he served as Executive Chef and has worked with such industry leaders as Oliver Bonacini, SIRCORP, CHiP Hospitality and Walt Disney World Resorts. Chef Wood lives in Toronto, on the east side, with an aloof old cat, a newborn baby girl and his wonderful and tolerant wife.



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