Kiwi partners with the Cambridge Farmer’s Market to bring its patrons fresh, locally acquired ingredients. In fact, the staff brings those ingredients to guests in the finished form of plates such as short rib ragu, lamb cevapi, NY strips, and glazed halibut. However, there are vegetarian options, such as the veggie burger. The eatery offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a culinary blend that's Italian, American, and Canadian.
Junior's Sportsbar & Grill treats guests to a smorgasbord of hearty pub fare, including wings available in more than 50 different flavours, flatbread pizzas, and beefy hamburgers. Guests pair ice-cold beers with plates of fish and chips or philly steak sandwiches as they watch sports on TV.
The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony was founded out of necessity; in 1945, the Grand Philharmonic Choir was preparing a recital and needed tuneful accompaniment for the harmonic voices. Once its backup duty was over, however, the newly convened orchestra quickly established itself as an independent source for both classical and pops concerts performing more than 100 concerts annually in the Waterloo region. Now home to 52 on-staff musicians, the orchestra continues its decades-long tradition at venues around Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, and Cambridge. From his position as music director, Edwin Outwater oversees the joyful noise, which ranges from baroque to Beethoven to the Beatles and Broadway. Since assuming the role in 2007, Outwater has been one of the orchestra's most vigorous boosters, arranging the group's first commercial recording in a decade, engineering an exploration of prog rock in collaboration with the Institute for Quantum Computing, and knitting sweaters for each musician's instrument.
Made up of amateurs, students from Wilfrid Laurier University, and seasoned professionals, the 34-member Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra is truly a community ensemble. And the group takes its cultural responsibility seriously—each season, they delve into the lesser known works of beloved 18th and 19th century composers to unearth and play forgotten gems. Before presenting pieces by such luminaries as Beethoven and Mozart, the orchestra invites audiences to pre-concert performances from a small ensemble.
Monopolizing pins on the north and south sides of town, Palasad's pair of striking citadels steeps rows of vintage, 10-pin lanes and gourmet kitchens in colourful 1960s charm. At Palasad South, black lights, lasers, and 10 projection screens propel vintage trappings into the future, when bowling will become the international language of diplomacy. Prize-heavy arcades, new ping-pong rooms with cushioned athletic floors, and Brunswick Gold Crown pool tables at both locations provide nonlinear entertainment. Parties of up to 500 guests may rent out a network of rooms, such as the La Fiamma Dining Room, where pizzas and wings roast in wood-fired ovens.
At Mill Pond Tap and Grill, bartenders fill mammoth 60-ounce mugs with fresh brews every night of the week, pouring to the tune of live music on Saturday nights and the soulful crooning of locals on Friday Karaoke nights. A recently updated menu fuels the revelry, with a diverse cast of pastas, wraps, and burgers effectively hushing the howls of outspoken digestive tracts. In between bites, visitors chuck darts at insolent bull's eyes and blow referee whistles at billiards players who shoot out of turn.