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Treat Yourself to Authentic Italian at Fat Olive Restaurant

Take the EmployerOne Survey Today

Join us at Agri-Net

Attend 2019 OSW Conference at Discounted Price

Nominations Open for Innovation Awards 

Hire Huron Students

New Year, New Content




Treat Yourself to Authentic Italian at Fat Olive Restaurant

Fat Olive Restaurant owners Dino and Carla Dassie opened their restaurant in Dorchester a few shorts months ago. It has been a dream of Dino’s to open an Italian restaurant for quite some time. He was born into an Italian family where he inherited a passion for cooking from his time spent in the kitchen with his mom and aunts. Dino later obtained a Business Administration and Marketing diploma from Conestoga College but put his dreams on hold to pursue a truck driver position. However, this didn’t stop Dino from cooking for family and friends at parties and other gatherings. It was after receiving a large amount of interest in his food that Dino explored the possibility of opening his own restaurant. After in-depth research and attending the famous pizza school in New York – Goodfellas Pizzeria with his wife Carla, it was time to open the Italian restaurant of his dreams.

Carla and Dino say Dorchester was the perfect location for Fat Olive because it’s the place they’ve called home for 15 years. They love the small town atmosphere including knowing their neighbours well and how everyone lends a helping hand. Dino and Carla also thought that Fat Olive would be a good addition to Dorchester because there wasn’t another restaurant like theirs in the area. Dino hired locally when they opened their restaurant and recently added a new local Head Chef to the team. Based on continuous growth, they may be looking to add more members to their team in the near future but for now, they are looking for a Kitchen Supervisor and Server! They take pride in the food they make and the level of service that’s offered. Their delicious menu is full of authentic Italian dishes made with fresh local ingredients at affordable prices.

Customers should note that Fat Olive Restaurant seats 28 people so reservations are strongly recommended. In 2019, customers can expect daily specials, weekly features and more. Be sure to stay tuned to their website and Facebook page for updates! Fat Olive is for all customers, “if you would like to sit and enjoy your experience at lunch, no problem. If you have to get in and out quickly because you work, again no problem, we can accommodate that too,” says Carla.  She also mentioned they have a takeaway menu where customers can call in an order, pick it up and take it to go. Fat Olive Restaurant is dedicated to serving exceptional food, created with only the finest ingredients, and creating a wonderful atmosphere and experience for all customers. Reserve your table at or call (519)-268-0001.


Take the EmployerOne Survey Today

EmployerOne is an annual survey conducted by the Elgin Middlesex Oxford Workforce Planning Board from January 2nd to January 31st. The survey tells them about your workforce successes and challenges, skills shortages, hard-to-fill jobs, education and training needs, and other issues. Your confidential participation helps identify local industry and job market trends. Hearing about your needs gives your community an opportunity to respond with actions.

Be part of the solution to building your future workforce. Take the survey now

Join us at Agri-Net

The London Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the return of Agri-Net, a one of a kind event designed to showcase the agribusiness connection in our region. As a business or organization that is a part of or serves the agribusiness community, the London Chamber of Commerce invites you to participate as an exhibitor. The event will draw representation from a wide array of exhibitors in the Agribusiness sector including but not limited to farm operators, food producers, equipment manufacturers and suppliers, farm insurers, transportation, local restaurants, beer and wine producers and those looking to network with the Agribusiness sector. This is a mega networking event, complete with opportunities to meet new people and business prospects, along with tasty food samples, cash bar and a few exciting surprises. The event takes place on Wednesday February 13th, 2019 from 4:30 to 7:00pm at the London Convention Centre. Call (519) 432-7551 x34 or email for information on exhibitor booth availability ($175 per space) and head to for more information on the event. 

Attend 2019 OSW Conference at Discounted Price

Are you a business owner in the tourism industry looking to enhance your current offerings? Are you looking to learn and improve skills that will bring your experience to the next level? Are you looking to be inspired and meet new people? The Ontario's Southwest Tourism Conference is a fantastic opportunity to kick-start change and create an even better future.  

Give insight into the current tourism climate

Have an opportunity to network and make meaningful connections

Learn new skills necessary for today's market

Keynote speakers ready to inspire and spring attendees into action

Q&A sessions with speakers for a personal approach

This year, in place of Visit Middlesex hosting our own Middlesex Tourism Symposium, we are sponsoring the 2019 Ontario's Southwest Conference. Tourism businesses located in Middlesex County will qualify for a 50% discount to attend. Contact prior to registering to receive the discount code.

Nominations Open for Innovation Awards

Ontario's Southwest wants to celebrate innovation around the region. Nominations are open for the 2018 Innovator of the Year Award and 2018 Innovative Experience of the Year Award. These two awards will be celebrated at the Ontario Southwest Tourism Conference March 5th and 6th, 2019. Nominations and self-nominations are accepted! 

Innovator of the Year Award

Innovative Experience of the Year Award

Hire Huron Students

Are you looking for extra help within your organization? Huron University wants you to take in one of their students! Huron provides one-on-one support, every step of the way to help you find the right student talent for your business. Hire a hard-working student intern with transferable skills and a contagious willingness to learn. Contact the Huron Career Development team at or (519) 438-7224 x 412 and begin developing your company's next game changer today. 


New Year, New Content

Visit Middlesex has tourism racks in libraries across the County showcasing businesses and events in our area. We've recently added two new Visit Middlesex tourism racks to the libraries in Mount Brydges and Thorndale. If you have any print material like a brochure or rack card that you would like to see featured in these racks please send them to the office at 399 Ridout Street N in London, N6A 2P1. The typical amount we are sent is anywhere from 250 to 500 and if you are to ever update your material, feel free to send us the new copies so we can replace the old material. The typical measurement we receive is 8.5 x 11 tri-folds or 3.5 x 8.5 / 4 x 6 rack cards. Should you have any questions, please email