Tuesday, April 14, 2009 | 01:08 PM ET
by Kevin Yarr, CBCNews.ca
One of the great joys of food is its infinite variety, and a wonderful aspect of that is how the arrival of one new person in your neighbourhood can make a big impact on your own personal foodscape.
It happened just last summer here in Charlottetown when a young couple from Germany immigrated to the Island. They appeared one Wednesday at the farmer's market with a display of the lightest cream cakes and the heaviest rye breads it has ever been my pleasure to observe in one place. The loaves became a regular staple in our bread box and the cakes remain a special treat.
The Leonhards now operate a café by that name downtown, and in an important way eating in Charlottetown will never be the same again.
This is not something that happens only in small cities like Charlottetown. In New York last year I was directed by a friend to Rice to Riches, a small restaurant that serves nothing but what is perhaps the best rice pudding that has ever been made anywhere. I would not now even think of visiting New York without going out of my way to eat there.
For the people who live in the Lower East Side, a culinary heaven by any measure, this is yet another jewel in the crown — proof that there can be something new under the sun. It doesn't take the vast engines of corporations or big governments. It takes just one person, with one fabulous recipe, and an urgent desire to share it.
Who has changed the foodscape in your neighbourhood?
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Amber Hildebrandt writes for CBCNews.ca in Toronto. Growing up on a farm in Manitoba, she acquired an insatiable appetite, but it was during a stint in Japan that she developed her discerning tastebuds and "foodie" ways.
Andrea Chiu is an associate producer at CBC Radio Digital. Though she loves to eat, cook and discuss food, don't ask her to bake. It never turns out well. She tweets as @TOfoodie on Twitter and organizes food and wine events in Toronto called FoodieMeet.
Tara Kimura is the consumer life reporter for CBCNews.ca, covering a wide range of issues that range from rising food costs and the growing organic movement, to new trends in the marketplace.
Andree Lau is a CBC web reporter in Calgary. Her journalism career includes seven years as a CBC-TV reporter. Her own blog called "are you gonna eat that?" chronicles her eating adventures (including sampling snake and camel hoof tendon).
Jessica Wong is a CBCNews.ca writer who loves to eat and cook, as well as discuss, read and watch programming about food, sometimes all at once.
Kevin Yarr, CBCNews.ca's writer in Prince Edward Island, wrote about food and beer for national and regional magazines before joining the CBC. He acquired a desire for new tastes on his first trip to Europe, and an appreciation of eating locally and in season when he finally settled down on P.E.I.
Elizabeth Bridge is a writer with the CBC Digital Archives in Toronto. She first ventured into the kitchen as a child to indulge a sweet tooth by baking cookies and making fudge. A student budget compelled her to be a vegetarian (for a while) and instilled in her an ongoing curiosity about food and cooking.
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