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Dine Out for a Cause!

22 Oct

Go out to eat a lot? Have some restaurants you’ve been dying to try? Just want a night out? Then dine out on Wednesday October 24th and take part in the Ottawa Food Bank’s Capital Dishes. It’s easy to participate! Pick one of your favourite restaurants (list of participating restaurants below) and go have an awesome dinner! Participating restaurants will be donating 10% of their sales from the night to the Ottawa Food Bank. Everyone wins! You get a good meal, the restaurant gets your business and the Food Bank receives much needed funds!

Participating Restaurants

When you’re making a donation to the Ottawa Food Bank, you’re helping them provide food to on average 45,000 people per month. Out of that 45,000 – 37% are children. Ottawa is an amazingly generous city. Without the support of local business and individuals, these people wouldn’t have enough food. Sp keep up the great support and take part in Capital Dishes!

Schmoozing It Up

17 Oct

Looking for something cool to do next Thursday? (October 25th, 2012) Well look no further! Schmoozefest 2012 is your chance to get out meet some people, enjoy some great food and have a couple of drinks. Schmoozefest, now in its 7th year, is an awesome event hosted by United Way Ottawa’s Next Gen Cabinet. It’s a great opportunity for young professionals to connect with each other and leaders in the community. This year there is a truly impressive list of Ottawa’s who’s who. Some of this year’s VIPs include:

  • Mathieu Fleury – 2012 Campaign Co-Chair, United Way Ottawa & City of Ottawa Councillor
  • Angie Poirier – 2012 Campaign Co-Chair, United Way Ottawa & Host, Majic 100/Bell Media Ottawa
  • Mike Machargo – Partnership Development, CHEO BBQ
  • Vinod Rajasekaran – Co-founder & Executive Director, Hub Ottawa
  • Stuntman Stu – Host, Majic 100
  • Michael Tayler – Member of the 2012 Canadian Olympic Team, Canoe/Kayak Slalom
  • Jim Watson – Mayor, City of Ottawa

Not only will there be cool people, there will also be some awesome items up for grabs in the silent auction, including items from Orleans Cycles, Sirius XM Radio, The Flour Shoppe, Venus Envy, Burgers on Main, Big Easy’s Seafood & Steak House and other amazing local business.

My favourite part of the night is the food and drinks. This year there are some super cool food sponsors providing amazing bites throughout the night. MELLOS Supper Club will be bringing incredible meatloaf bites, the Taco Lot and Hang 10 will be there serving up some tacos and Grill Forty One will be there with delectable bison crêpes. Since you’ll be thirsty after talking with all your new contacts and eating all the great food, you can grab a drink from either Beau’s Beer or Barefoot wine.

Check out this video of Grill Forty One’s executive chef Brian Vallipuram on CTV Morning Live:

To make the deal even sweeter, if you buy your ticket before October 19th, your name will be entered in a draw to win a $200.00 dinner gift certificate from Grill Forty one. $200 could buy you one amazing meal! See below for the contest details or click here.

Have you been convinced to come? If you need another reason to buy a ticket, all funds raised will help support much needed programs in our community. If you live in Ottawa you better be there! To buy your tickets please visit www.unitedwayottawa.ca . Here are all the event details:


When: Thursday, October 25 at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts – 310 St. Patrick Street, Ottawa, ON K1N 5K5

Why: To make connections, raise money for the community and for a good time!

Tickets: Individual – $40

Group package (10tickets) – $300

Contest Details:

Buy your Schmoozefest 2012 ticket(s) by Friday October 19th and enter for a chance to win a $200.00 dinner gift certificate from Grill Forty One.


  • Step 1: Complete the purchase of your Schmoozefest ticket(s) online
  • Step 2: Visit the Grill Forty One dinner menu and answer the following question: What Chef created the dinner table d’hote at Grill Forty One?
  • Tweet your answer to @UnitedWayOttawa with the hashtag #grill41menu; or
  • Include your answer by commenting on the Grill Forty One post on our Facebook Page
  • It’s that easy! Prize will be awarded live at Schmoozefest

Relish Gourmet Food Truck

15 Oct

One of my favourite TV shows on Food Network is the Great Food Truck Race. This season, teams of wannabe food truck owners raced across the US in the hopes of winning their very own food truck and $50,000. **SPOILER ALERT** The winning team, Seoul Sausage (www.seoulsausage.com), were not only great promoters but also had interesting good food. (At least from what I am told on TV.) They did a food truck take on Korean BBQ. Focusing on something a little different is what often propels a food truck to success. Ottawa is slowly seeing in an increase in the number of cool food truck options. The newest entry into the Ottawa food truck scene is Relish Gourmet food truck. What makes Relish an awesome food truck is the fact that there isn’t a French fry or hot dog on the menu. Paul Bergeron, the mastermind behind Relish, is bringing gourmet restaurant food to the street.

A couple of weeks ago my friend and I were downtown for a work event and decided to stop by Relish Gourmet food truck for lunch. Located in front of the law building on the University of Ottawa Campus, parking was a little bit hard to come by so I let my friend off to start looking at the menu. As I was parking I got this tweet from her:

We ordered one of everything! (Except a drink.) It wasn’t too busy while we were there, so we got a chance to chat with the two people in the truck who were all super nice! In record time we got our order of everything which included; black bean and feta tocos, bbq chicken Sammy, s’mac and cheese and fresh doughnuts. There was more than enough food for the both of us but we soldiered through and devoured it all. I’ve been sitting here for the last five minutes trying to figure out which of the dishes was my favourite and I can’t pick one over another.

One of the highlights of the meal was the tortillas. They tasted like they were freshly made and had a great flavour to them. I find that at a lot of places you don’t even taste the tortillas, they are only there as a vessel to get everything else to your mouth. At Relish, the tortillas were a component of the dish and complemented they other ingredients.

I am also going to give a shout out to the s’mac and cheese. There is a reason this stuff is called s’mac and cheese, it is addictively good! This isn’t your overly greasy or neon orange mac and cheese (though I do love neon orange). It’s creamy, cheesy goodness topped with bacon and crispy onion.

Relish Gourmet food truck lives up to its name, the food is gourmet! It is now one of my favourite food trucks here in the city, right up there with Stone Soup Foodworks. Since they are both down on the University of Ottawa campus you can hit them both up in one day. If you’re an Ottawa U student you are crazy lucky! You have two of the best food trucks in the city right at your front door. It almost makes me wish I was still a student. Next time you’re downtown trying to figure out what to do for lunch, head over to the campus and try Relish Gourmet food truck.

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