Designed as the nucleus of the Canadian Food and Wine Institute, overlooking 40 acres of vineyards and the Niagara Escarpment, Benchmark takes pride of place at Niagara College’s NOTL campus. A venue to showcase up-and-coming Niagara talent; in service, culinary, wine making and brew mastery, Benchmark is setting its own bar.
From its original roots as the learning restaurant for nervous students to ply their trade, Benchmark, with modern glam and rustic decor, is all grown up. Gourmet food at less-than-gourmet prices keeps the room packed with post-secondary types entertaining the likes of High Commissioners and industry stalwarts. Beyond people watching, the entertainment comes from observing chefs-in-training pull basil from the teaching garden and witnessing celebrity chefs coax assignments from their prodigies.