Rebecca LeHeup
Rebecca loves Ontario and local edibles. She is lucky in her role as Executive Director for the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance because it lets her explore this vast province connecting people across agriculture and tourism industries.

Rebecca is passionate about the interrelation between food, agriculture, tourism, arts and culture. In her food tourism development career, Rebecca has been instrumental in developing tourism products including Prince Edward County’s award winning Taste Trail and OCTA’s Feast ON program to name a few. Rebecca’s work now takes her to destinations around the world to teach about developing local economies through “taste of place”

Rebecca developed courses for George Brown College’s cutting edge Culinary Tourism Management program. She is an Instructor at the Bonavista Institute for Cultural Tourism. She contributes her expertise to a variety of industry Boards including the Canadian Tourism Commission Brand Experience Advisory Committee, the Terroir Hospitality Symposium, and the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation to name a few.

Born and raised in Toronto, Rebecca spent her summers in Prince Edward County. In her grade 12 year of high school, Rebecca sailed on a 156-foot tall ship to 20 countries on two continents– an experience that rooted her passion for travel and adventure! She still splits her time between Toronto and PEC and practices her craft for culinary tourism with her own experience – the Terroir Run. Sharing in her adventures are her two sons – Jack and Liam, and her husband, Andrew Mackenzie.

Entries by Rebecca LeHeup

From Seed to Symposium in Ireland

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 3:14 PM

As a lover of food, and a tourism professional, the fall holds a special place in my heart. The summer air cools, the season's bounty is gathered and celebrations abound. This fall, I'm particularly excited because I'm also returning to Galway, Ireland for the inaugural Food On The...

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Exploring the Culinary Culture of Our Prairies

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 12:31 PM

Like many Canadians who have travelled across the County, I had been to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan several times but it had simply been to "drive through." This fall, I returned to the prairies to learn more about the culinary culture of Saskatoon and came to learn that it's definitely...

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Jamaican Me Hungry: A Culinary Adventure

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2014 | 11:49 PM

If you are looking for a way to truly connect to the food culture of Jamaica then I have the culinary adventure for you! It turns out that the white-knuckle, hair-raising journey over the mountains from Montego Bay to Saint Elizabeth Parish, the breadbasket of Jamaica, is worth every minute....

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The Runner's Travel Bug: Is it the Race or the Place?

(2) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 11:08 AM

I discovered the joy of running six years ago. In an effort to lose my "baby bump" I started running around my country block -- a 5km bucolic flat route. Through rain or shine I woke daily to do the same run and after 3 months realized that while I...

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Ontario's Craft Beer Culture is a Collaboration Nation

(0) Comments | Posted May 31, 2013 | 12:37 PM

I haven't always been a beer lover. My relationship with beer has been one that's evolved over the past decade as my career in culinary tourism has afforded me the opportunity to be exposed to the craft brewing industry. In my travels across the province of Ontario I have found...

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Battle for the Breast

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 6:03 PM

If you know the farmers at your local farmers market by name or seasonal nuance of their harvest. If you are first in line to get your cookbook signed by Thomas Keller, Jamie Oliver or the most recent ingénue from Scandinavia's Faviken, Magnus Nilsson....

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Chipotle Walks the Talk of Sustainable Food

(1) Comments | Posted July 4, 2012 | 7:11 AM

I remember coming across a video in my YouTube searches that was about the evolution of farming, it was set to the music The Scientist written by Coldplay, sung by Willie Nelson. The message, and the music left me in tears. We have made everything simple...

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Cheese Lovers of Ontario, Unite!

(2) Comments | Posted June 18, 2012 | 4:23 PM

I love cheese. Whether it's extra old cheddar, soft creamy chevre, some squeaky curds or melt-in-your-mouth mozzarella -- I love it all. Oh wait, there is an exception, it must be artisanal cheese.

It's exciting times for a cheese lover in Ontario where there is a renaissance in artisan cheese...

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In Search of the Best Butter Tart

(15) Comments | Posted June 16, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Several weeks ago I put out a Tweet "Who makes the best butter tarts in Toronto?" The conversation created from this one question was remarkable -- in fact, it generated reaction from over 25,000 people with lots of recommendations for Toronto and beyond. More importantly, it initiated the most delicious...

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Room For Everyone At Luminato's Table

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2012 | 5:32 PM

This year's Luminato Festival has a new culinary twist -- the Toronto Carretilla Initiative -- an experiential installation by artist Rainer Prohaska. I had the great pleasure of participating in the trial run of #TCIFood (for those on Twitter you can use and follow...

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