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The Carleton’s Chef Dolente Competes in Canada’s Great Kitchen Party 2019

Canada’s Great Kitchen Party is a national culinary competition with over 100 Chefs and 5,000 guests gathering annually across twelve cities in Canada. With a 13 year successful history, this evening of celebration and elevation of Canadian culture in food, sport, and music has raised $15 million for Canadian athletes and as of 2018, the impact has expanded to include music and food programs for youth.

Reigning silver medalist of Canada’s Culinary Championship 2018 for Nova Scotia, Chef Dolente, and his culinary team will once again compete in Canada’s Great Kitchen Party, an evening of celebration and elevation of Canadian culture in food, sport and music, set for Friday, October 18 at the Cunard Centre in Halifax. Tickets available HERE.

Behind every great Chef, is a great culinary team and Chef Dolente’s will be supporting him in full during the competition.  With the absence of skilled hands in our kitchen at The Carleton this Friday, October 18, Chef Dolente has graciously created a Snack-able Menu for guests to enjoy.

The Snack-able Menu will be available from the time we open for Happy Hour, at 4pm and all throughout Geoff Kennedy’s free acoustic show at 6pm, as well as the Second Line Parade Album Release at 10pm!

Of course, the bar is still open.  And don’t worry, the full menu will be back Saturday, October 19th!

  • Cheese Board 12
  • Charcuterie Board 12
  • House Made All Dressed Kettle Chips 5
  • Cajun Spiced Bar Nuts 5
  • Marinated Olives 5

A Great Time for a Great Cause

On August 21, our Carleton was proudly involved in hosting The “No Time for That” Anti-Bullying and Mental Health Benefit Concert alongside its founder, singer-songwriter, Elsie Morden.

100% of proceeds from the benefit concert went towards ensuring that the Anti-Bullying Society’s “No Time for That” Tour can continue to deliver powerful presentations about bullying prevention, mental health awareness and youth empowerment to schools free of charge. So far they have been to 600 schools across Canada including 71 schools in Nova Scotia.

We, at The Carleton, have no time for bullying and are cheering on Elsie for her efforts in continuing to create awareness and change with this important anti-bullying movement. You rock Elsie!

[Photo credit: Stoo Metz]

A decade of HUFF

Mike Campbell talks about his journey over the past ten years with HUFF on Global, August 22, 2019.

Interview on Global Halifax

On Tuesday, May 28th, we were on Global Halifax’s Foodie Tuesdays morning show!

Chef Dolente and GM, Jon Whitton, talked about our new menu, the Craft Draught Showdown coming up, and presented our Seafood Pasta dish.

Check out the new menu HERE.

Mother’s Day At The Carleton

Come and celebrate moms with a special Brunch, featuring live music from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 12.

We will be featuring a brunch menu with some of your favourites from last year and will also have a few options for children . As a special surprise , we are happy to offer complimentary MOMosas for all Moms!

Check out the menu here.

Please reserve a table HERE.


It’s almost Mañana time!

PEI beef, smoked cheddar, fried egg, peameal bacon, pickled peppers, and habanero aioli, all on a croissant bun.

$10 – $1 to Feed Nova Scotia

Add our famous Carleton frites, a green salad, or a Nine Locks Dirty Blonde for $5 and we’ll donate another $1 for each add on!

Want to win free beer for a year from Moosehead?

1. Pick up your burger week passport from The Carleton.

2. Chow down on our Mañana burger, $10 taxes in.

3. Get your passport stamped by a server.

4. Rinse and repeat at two more Burger Week locations

5. Eat another Mañana burger at The Carleton (optional) and drop your passport in the ballot box!



Notes From The Kitchen

Say Buenos Días To The Mañana Burger During Burger Week 2019

It’s almost that time of year again! The Coast’s Burger Week runs from March 28th to April 3rd this year. This city-wide bonanza sees restaurants offer a one-of-a-kind burger creation with proceeds going to Feed Nova Scotia.

The Carleton’s Mañana burger is P.E.I. beef, smoked cheddar, fried egg, peameal bacon, pickled peppers, and habanero aioli, on a croissant bun. Its got a kick but it’s not too spicy!

For $10 you get the Mañana burger and The Carleton donates $1 to FeedNS. Add a side of our famous frites or green salad for $5 and another $1 goes to FeedNS! Add a Nine Locks Dirty Blonde for another fiver… and you guessed it, another $1 to FeedNS!

We thrilled to participate in Burger Week 2019 and we’ll have special hours for the 7 days of burger madness. On Saturday, March 30, and Sunday, March 31, we’ll be open at noon to start serving The Mañana burger. On Monday, April 1, we’ll be open from 4-8PM for more burger opportunities!

Get eatin’ Halifax!

St. Paddy’s Day Menu 2019

Saint Patrick's Day banner that reads, Build Your Base At The Carleton with our St. Paddy's Day Menu.

We’ll be open at 11am on St. Paddy’s Day! We’ve got music (Party Boots, Willie Stratton, The Barrowdowns, and WAY more… info below), dancing, and FOOD.

Chef Dolente has put together a classic menu including full Irish breakfast, corned beef sandwiches, and shepherds pie. The whole menu can be found HERE.

In Concert With: Chef Dolente & Bishop’s Cellar – Flavours of South America

Since January 21st’s Flavours of Italy dinner was such a hit we’re proud to present 5 more In Concert With: Bishop’s Cellar & Chef Michael Dolente. Hosted in our private dining space, these refined dinner party experiences pair superb wines with menus inspired by cuisine from around the world.

On Monday, March 25th, Enjoy 10 courses from Chef Dolente with fine pairings and discussion from Nova Scotia’s top wine and liquor provider, Bishop’s Cellar. All the pairings will focus on the many culinary regions within South America. Tickets are $125.00 (plus 18% gratuity and tax). Limited to 14 seats.

We’re also excited to announce that we will be selling this dinner and the others as a package. Buy all 5 dinners in 2019 and receive a $100 gift card for use on any other night at The Carleton. Please contact us at if you would like to take advantage of this offer.

March 25: Flavours of South America
May 26: Flavours of France
July 22: Flavours of North America
September 30: Flavours of the South Pacific
November 24: Flavours of Spain

Notes From The Kitchen


Last Thursday we hosted our third Craft Draught Showdown and the first of 2019! Garrison put up a valiant effort but Propeller Brewing Co. came out on top.

If you haven’t been to one of these yet, we have 5 more lined up for 2019 and we feel some rivalries a-brewin’. You can purchase tickets for any of Chef Dolente’s Craft Draught Showdowns right now! They make great gifts as birthday or celebration dinners.

April 11: Sober Island vs Brightwood
June 13: Saltbox vs Hellbay
August 22: Big Spruce vs Spindrift
October 17: Tanner & Co. vs Tatamagouche
December 5: Garrison vs Schoolhouse

Don’t want to miss any of the action? Treat yourself to all 5 and get a $50 gift card for use on any other night at The Carleton! Contact us at to take advantage of this offer.


For all of February we’ve been participating in Discover Halifax’s Dine Around event. We’ve been running a prix fixe menu that offers a starter + main for $30 and you can add dessert for just $5! This offer ends on February 28th, so book your table now and come try some of Chef Dolente’s amazing food.

Take a peek at the menu.

Reserve a table.