Reservations for the Fall 2019 Food & Wine Lovers Weekend may be made by calling the Bluefin Grille at 218-663-6200.
Bluefin Bay has been hosting Food & Wine Lovers Events for more than 20 years, twice per year – in the Spring and the Fall. Each Food & Wine Lovers Weekend includes special events focusing on food and wine — and of course all set against the backdrop of Lake Superior. We’re delighted to partner with Mpls-St. Paul Magazine as our media partner for this long-standing event.
Our 2019 Spring Food and Wine Lovers weekend was held May 3-5, 2019. We were excited to have guest Chef Craig Vieira of the Caribou Restaurant + Wine Bar in Thunder Bay, Canada.
With 25 years experience, Craig Vieira has become one of Thunder Bay’s most well-known and admired chefs. He’s a hometown boy who cut his teeth in the wildly busy kitchens of the Keg Restaurant and Bar in the early ’90s. He was a natural in the fast pace of the broiler bar and at 20 years old directed his passion and talent toward an apprenticeship at the former Harrington Court under highly respected Chef Richard Lenz. Craig then accepted a position at the newly opened Caribou Restaurant + Wine Bar. Here he continued his apprenticeship and his talents and creativity developed to new heights. He continued working at Caribou during breaks in his training at Algonquin College and soon earned his Red Seal certification which allows him to practice his trade in any province or territory without further examination. He was promoted to Head Chef in 2001.
Craig has played a vital role in the ongoing success of Caribou. He updates the menu every five or six weeks by changing one or two items in each section to keep the menu interesting for our guests. He has developed wonderful and interesting menu plans for several local events and fundraisers including those for the Northern Cancer Research Foundation. His themed dinners which showcase wineries like Henry of Pelham and Penfolds are well reviewed by guests and are always a sell-out occasion.
Craig shares his passion for food by teaching courses to aspiring chefs at Confederation College. He has been covered extensively by the local media and has done radio interviews with the CBC and written articles for “Bayview Magazine, and the Walleye magazine”. His discovery and appreciation for the freshness and quality of local produce have driven the ever-changing menu. Craig’s work has been recognized with Caribou’s inclusion in Trip Advisor’s certificate of excellence.
Craig makes his home in Thunder Bay with his wife Tina and their sons Carter and Cohen.