Love the food at Lantern Restaurant & Grill? Husband and wife team Geoff and Lesley Kirkland are proud to bring their culinary adventures to you with Firefly Catering!

Combining their individual styles and creativity with a shared dedication to quality and the relentless passion for the culinary arts, our Chefs’ focus is ensuring the quality of your experience.

Whether it’s an outdoor buffet for 200 guests, an open-fire BBQ, a holiday cocktail social or an intimate dinner party with just a few friends, Geoff and Lesley want to create a culinary experience you will never forget!

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Our team is headed by husband & wife duo Chefs Geoff and Lesley Kirkland.

With a combined 20 years experience in the culinary industry and after travelling the country in the pursuit of their culinary education and experience, they have come to settle in their favourite place: Stony Lake, Ontario.

Geoff Kirkland

Bar Chef

Chef Geoff Kirkland has done it all! He's worked in large resorts, award winning fine dining institutions and small, intimate restaurants. Growing up in North York and working in restaurants all over Toronto, he has worked his way from the bottom up in a tough industry, holding every position from dishwasher to Chef. He received his formal education at Loyalist College where he graduated top of his class, competing in culinary competitions and receiving several awards along the way.

Having worked in all areas of the hospitality and services industries, Geoff has developed a keen appreciation of the customer experience and a passion for great food and drink. Most recently working at one of the gorgeous wineries of Prince Edward County, he also has an appreciation for the many great local wines Ontario has to offer, and is a vocal supporter of slow food and our local vendors. In fact, you can find him almost every Wednesday and Thursday mornings at the Peterborough and Lakefield Farmer's Markets, loading up with the week's bounty. Feel free to say hello!

Geoff has been enjoying the beauty of Stony Lake with his family for the past 13 years, and is happy to be returning to settle here with his wife Lesley and establish his own roots in the community.

Lesley Kirkland

Executive Chef

Chef Lesley Kirkland learned some important culinary lessons very early in her life. Growing up rurally in nearby Kawartha Lakes, she was exposed to the local bounty of the region and fell in love with the flavours grown in her own backyard. Coming from a large family, she has always cherished the ritual of sharing a good meal with friends and loved ones, and to this day firmly believes that the best memories are created around the dinner table.

Coming from an athletic background, she learned that the quality of food directly reflects the quality of experience in enjoyment, flavour and health, and that often the best quality food to be found is in the local food grown in your own community. These early lessons still shape her choices as a Chef today — providing cuisine of exceptional quality from locally based producers to be shared and enjoyed with family and friends.

Since receiving her formal culinary education at the Niagara Culinary Institute and earning her Red Seal certification, Lesley has continued her professional education and skill sets through attending courses and seminars on everything from fine chocolate, wine pairing, both sports and holistic nutrition, as well as constant independent research of the culinary arts.

Lesley has worked as a chef in the Niagara region, British Columbia, and Prince Edward County before coming home to Stony Lake, where she launched Lantern Restaurant & Grill.

Lantern Restaurant & Grill

Lantern Restaurant & Grill promotes locally focused cuisine, featuring fresh seafood & pasta, prepared simply, using the best available ingredients. We prepare everything possible from scratch, and strive to bring delicious modern renditions of Italian classics to the table, every day. Our bar serves innovative, artisanal cocktails, Ontario Craft Beer, VQA as well as international wines. We also serve freshly made desserts by Firefly Bakery, on our covered lakeside patio overlooking beautiful Stony Lake.

www.lanternresto.ca | (705) 927-5229 | info@lanternresto.ca

   

Firefly Bakery & Supply

Firefly Bakery & Supply is proud to open their first store at Harbour Town McCracken’s Landing. Grab your morning newspaper, freshly brewed coffee, smoothie or choose from one of our freshly baked treats. Enjoy delicious home-made prepared meals, pastries, breads and more ready to take to your boat, home or cottage for the family. Need to cool down from a day on the lake? Enjoy our Kawartha Dairy ice cream, iced coffee or milkshakes. Our market will provide you with all your grocery needs, ice, live bait, propane, plus so much more. They also provide custom cakes, pre-ordered groceries, picnic baskets and you can put it all on your personal house account.

www.fireflybakery.ca | (705) 977-3308 | info@fireflybakery.ca