Muskoka Resort Shamrock Lodge Announces Shift to More Organic and Local Foods for Dining Room Cuisine

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Shamrock Lodge, a full service, traditional Muskoka lodge on Lake Rosseau, announces that they are transitioning to organic foods and local 100 kilometre produced foods at their popular Ontario resort.

Shamrock Lodge (http://www.shamrocklodge.com), a four-season, full service Muskoka resort in prestigious Port Carling, Ontario, announces that the resort is embracing the organic and local food movement and implementing a policy of purchasing organic and locally grown food products. The switch over to organic and local foods will take place transitionally, allowing Shamrock's executive chef to source the best organic food products available. "Shamrock Lodge has been in business for generations and we have witnessed many trends. The local food movement and the growing popularity of organic food products is a trend that we think is here to stay. At Shamrock Lodge, we have always insisted that everything served in our lodge's dining rooms is made from the finest and freshest ingredients available. Switching to organic foods and foods that are grown or produced within a 100 kilometre radius just seemed like a natural progression. It is also something that many of our loyal repeat customers have requested as well," says Tim Bryant, who along with his brother Gary, own and operate the busy Muskoka resort.

Resort operators are well aware that serving good food plays an important role in their guests' over-all enjoyment of their resort vacation. More than ever before, people are concerned about the quality and safety of the foods that they eat. Sales of organic produce and organic meats have risen sharply due to consumer demand. Organic foods have now taken over a significant segment of the food industry. As well, many people are following the locavore movement, attempting to eat food, whenever possible, that is grown and harvested locally. The 100-kilometre diet, the 100-mile diet and the Zero-mile diet are examples of "eating locally" to reduce the carbon footprint of far-away growing, packing and shipping of food. Two challenges facing restaurants and resorts that make an effort to purchase organic and locally grown foods, is cost and availability. Organic food and food products supplied by small, local producers is generally more expensive and drives up food costs. Also, locally grown or produced food products may not always be available, or are not available in sufficient quantities to supply a commercial kitchen on a reliable basis.

"We have always taken tremendous pride in the quality of our cuisine. Good food and fine wine are a passion that we share with many of our lodge guests. Our executive chef Don Hutchinson and pastry chef Karen Taylor always use the finest ingredients, selecting organic whenever possible, and they plan our menus to compliment the freshest seasonal offerings. Our commitment to introduce more organic and locally grown foods into our dining room menus illustrates our philosophy of offering our lodge guests only the best. Sourcing the finest organic and sustainable, locally grown produce and meats takes time and purchasing these products is expensive. There's a fine balance between being able to offer our customers a premium product and keeping food costs inline so that we don't have to raise our prices. This is why we are proceeding very carefully, but we are confident that we will be very successful," states Tim Bryant.

About Shamrock Lodge: Owned and operated by the Bryant family for more than 30 years, Shamrock Lodge is a full-service, Muskoka family resort and conference centre located on beautiful Lake Rosseau in Port Carling, Ontario, only 2 hours north of Toronto. Open year round, this popular Ontario resort offers a wide selection of fine lakefront accommodations, gourmet dining, extensive recreational facilities and service that is second to none. Close to many popular Muskoka attractions including championship golf, Santa's Village, Muskoka Lake Cruises and Algonquin Provincial Park, Shamrock Lodge is the ideal Muskoka resort for romantic couples' getaways, Muskoka resort weddings, business conferences and Ontario family vacations. For more information visit: http://www.shamrocklodge.com or phone toll-free: 1-888-742-6742

Contact Information:
Tim Bryant
Shamrock Lodge
PO Box 160
1090 Shamrock Rd.
Port Carling, Ontario P0B 1J0
Phone: (705) 765-3177
Toll free: 1-888-742-6742
shamrocklodge(at)rogers(dot)com
http://www.shamrocklodge.com

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