Category: Around Town

  • Restaurants for Change ’17: October 18th

    Restaurants for Change ’17: October 18th

      It began four years ago, with 25 participating restaurants in nine cities across the country. This year, Restaurants for Change has mushroomed to include more than 90 restaurants in 19 cities (and one town!), all donating proceeds from dinner service on October 18th to community food programs across Canada. Restaurants in the one-day nationwide […]

  • Canada’s Table

    Canada’s Table

    I was one of the one thousand people lucky enough to have a seat at Canada’s Table.  That the soggy summer of 2017 allowed such a splendid evening was a truly miraculous thing, and the thousand-foot table that ran the length of Parliament Hill was marquee-free beneath a clear blue sky. Dreamed up two years […]

  • Ottawa Cooks – thrilling news!

    Ottawa Cooks – thrilling news!

    Taste Canada, marking 20 years of celebrating and championing Canadian cookbooks and culinary writers, has seen fit to shortlist Ottawa Cooks for a Taste Canada Award in the category of Regional/Cultural Cookbooks (English Language). I’m delighted for the entire Ottawa Cooks team of chefs and restaurants who contributed so magnificently to its pages: to Wilf […]

  • Dumpling Park

    Dumpling Park

    Have you ever made dumplings? They are a pain in the neck. Good ones, anyway, require patience and dexterity – all that stuffing, dampening, folding, crimping, steaming, frying. Especially the crimping bit so the guts don’t fall out. I’m bad at it. Which is why I tend to let others make them for me. Lately, […]

  • Aurelius Olive Oil – drinking the good stuff

    Aurelius Olive Oil – drinking the good stuff

    I had the pleasure of sipping oil at a coffeehouse last week with a fellow called Mike George and his partner Nathalie Bellegarde. And I’m not talking about that subpar stuff that lines the supermarket shelves.  This was small batch, single origin, cold extracted evoo, from the olive trees farmed by Mike’s uncle Jean and […]

  • Growing Futures

    Growing Futures

    “The most frightening words we hear at the Mayor’s Office,” Jim Watson told the crowd at the Innovation Centre, “is ‘Karen Secord is on line 1.’” That got a laugh. Anyone who knows Karen Secord, Manager of The Parkdale Food Centre, knows she is a woman of many ideas and much energy, and delights in […]

  • 3 Chefs – 1 Dinner

    3 Chefs – 1 Dinner

    Chef Michael Blackie is at it again – gathering to his Kanata kitchen, great chefs from across the country, partnering them up, and asking them to go wild. These should be fun, delicious, thought provoking evenings! Here’s the lowdown on 3Chefs, 1Dinner, hosted at NeXT.

  • Poor Chefs Competition 2017

    Poor Chefs Competition 2017

    What does $3.15 get you? If you’re Harriet Clunie, winner of this year’s Poor Chefs Competition, it gets you a year’s worth of free knife sharpening from the fine folks at Knifewear ( It also gives you the glory of seeing your name on a shiny silver cup. And probably bragging rights that a plate […]

  • Food For Thought 2017

    Food For Thought 2017

    For the past seven years, the culinary arts program at Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary School has put on a swanky soirée in support of a good cause. And to give its student chefs a chance to work with the pros. If you’ve a hankering for fine dining at a bargain price, this night delivers. Fifty-five bucks buys […]