Category: Around Town

  • Coconut Lagoon’s sorrow

    Coconut Lagoon’s sorrow

    I was writing a short piece to celebrate Joe Thottungal’s cookbook making the ‘long list’ for the Taste Canada Awards when the awful news hit that his restaurant was on fire. After sixteen years of operations Coconut Lagoon has now closed for the foreseeable future. I’m acquainted with a great number of restaurants in this […]

  • “The Vendors Project”

    “The Vendors Project”

    A marvellous community-minded group effort, spearheaded by Poppa-Bean Coffee Company and Purebread Bakery. Now with eight vendors and counting, all with stellar product. Check it out and place an order. Everyone needs excellent coffee and bread these difficult days (did I mention hot cross buns!) among other treats (Comfort Cornish treats from The Great British […]

  • Cooking for a cause

    Cooking for a cause

    Team STOFAThe Ottawa restaurant industry has always given big-heartedly its precious time and gastronomic treats to a worthy cause. And here’s yet another example of this generosity: STOFA (chef-owner Jason Sawision) was the first of three restaurants to host a pop-up dinner in support of the invaluable work of Citizen Advocacy Ottawa. Four courses for 35 […]

  • Goût de France 2020

    Goût de France is an international gastronomic event, celebrating French cuisine around the world, calling on all of us to sit down this April, and share a French dinner! While doing good in our communities. When it comes to Ottawa, it’s launched with great style, thanks to Ambassador Kareen Rispal and the team at the […]

  • Food for Thought 2020

    Food for Thought 2020

    This will be the tenth anniversary of Food For Thought. the swanky soiree put on by the culinary arts program at Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary School in support of food security. Under the direction of chef-teacher Kent Van Dyk, the student cooks are given the chance to work with the pros, all of whom donate their time […]

  • 8 tips from Atelier, the book

    8 tips from Atelier, the book


  • THRU by Marc Lepine

    THRU by Marc Lepine

    THRU is found inside Atelier Restaurant, at 540 Rochester Street. Reservations are made at June and July dates are now sold out. August dates to come. Cost: $400 for two, taxes, gratuity and booze included. Of all the various chats I have had with chef Marc Lepine over the years, the one I remember […]

  • Chefs for oceans

    Chefs for oceans

    Last night’s dinner at Atelier was delicious and jolly, but it was also a celebration of our Canadian oceans, lakes, rivers and streams, a call to action in sustaining their health, and a plea for cooks everywhere to choose wisely at the fish counter. Marc Lepine and the team at Atelier played host to Vancouver […]

  • Ottawa Mission’s Blue Door Gala 2018

    Ottawa Mission’s Blue Door Gala 2018

    Let me tell you about a great event coming up this fall. The Blue Door Gala supports the many programs and services offered at The Ottawa Mission, including its Food Service Training Program, lead by Mission Chef Ric Allen-Watson. Chef Ric and a number of students/graduates of that program were on hand at Thyme & […]