Gold Medal Plates in Ottawa – updated

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As food bloggers, concentrating on cooking and eating in one city, we are well aware we limited potential interest in our blog posts to one locale. While we gladly contribute to the entropy that is food thought on the world wide web, we know our impact is minimal.

In foodiePrints’ short lifetime, we have managed to cultivate a wonderful readership and friends and following on several social networks. But, do we have influence? We receive few comments. We get the odd mention (thank-you Chef Blackie). We are invited to the odd dinner (thank-you Chef Hay). But, we are often asked, since we are food bloggers, do we write for Mark Warbuton’s (@warby) Ottawa Foodies, an online community of food enthusiasts. I’ve an account on Ottawa Foodies. foodiePrints is standalone.

Imagine our surprise when an e-mail from one of the well-respected judges of an upcoming culinary competition shows up in our inbox. The judge is a published food writer, one who is read on the world stage. The e-mail mentions reading and enjoying one of our blog posts.

Incredulous, I contacted several people to determine the authenticity of the e-mail. Surely, it must be a practical joke. “From one food blogger to another”, would we participate in promoting what was described as the “most important culinary competition in Canada?”

It wasn’t. We turned out to be one of three Ottawa blogs contacted. The other two are written by friends, Shari (@whisk_food_blog) of Whisk: A Food Blog and Rachelle of Rachelle Eats Food.

The competition, Gold Medal Plates

The competitors, teams lead by the following local chefs:
Ben Baird – The Urban Pear
Ross & Simon Fraser – Fraser Café
Caroline Ishii – Zen Kitchen
Charlotte Langley – Whalesbone Oyster House
Marc Lepine – Atelier
Steve Mitton – Murray Street Kitchen
Michael Moffatt – Beckta Dining and Wine and Play Food and Wine
Charles Part – Les Fougères
Michael Potters – Harvest
Rene Rodriguez – Navarra

The judges,
Anne Desbrisay
Pam Collacott
Margaret Dickenson
Chris Knight
Chef Judson Simpson
Chef Matthew Carmichael (last year’s winner)
James Chatto

Our loyal readers already know we rarely participate in or promote events that do not support a cause. This is no exception. Gold Medal Plates was founded in 2003 and has since raised more than $4.1 million for the Canadian Olympic Foundation to support Canadian Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

Ottawa will be one of 8 Canadian cities holding Gold Medal Plates competitions. Winners will head to Kelowna, British Columbia for the Canadian Culinary Championships.

In 2009, Chef Matthew Carmichael, of E18hteen (18 York Street) and Social Restaurant and Lounge (537 Sussex Drive), took Bronze at the Canadian Culinary Championships.

Clearly, our city has culinary talent. Since Gold medal Plates aims to celebrate food and wine and feature the best chefs and wines in Canada, you can expect related blog posts on Fridays, leading up to the competition (Tuesday, November 16, 2010). These posts will be collaborations with Shari and Rachelle as we work to showcase why our restaurants and chefs have what it takes to compete.

And yes, Jenn and I will be attending Gold Medal Plates this year. There, we hope to gather some photos and stories to share that reinforce the fact Ottawa is becoming quite the culinary destination.

Tickets to the event are $300 CAD. Between the food and wine that will be served and the opportunity to support Canadian athletes, it is money well spent.

Facebook Page: Gold Medal Plates Ottawa

To purchase tickets for Gold Medal Plates, contact Sue Holloway (contact information below) or click here.

Gold Medal Plates Ottawa
Tuesday, November 16, 2010 6:00 pm
National Arts Centre
53 Elgin Street

Sue Holloway
818 Nesbitt Place
(613)274-3107 phone
(613)274-0851 fax

Mild-mannered IT professional by day and food blogger by night, I founded foodiePrints with a single intention, to share my love of all things food. My first post shared a recipe. Many followed. Eventually, I learned Ottawa prepares and serves great food. Thereafter, I started meeting restaurateurs, chefs, cooks, farmers, and other local producers, all good people. Ideas for food-related content swirled in my head. foodiePrints grew into a place to put them. From exploring foreign and domestic cuisines to shopping for exotic ingredients and cobbling together my takes on dishes in my meager kitchen, there are stories to tell. Welcome to foodiePrints. Here, you will find stories about food and drink, cooking, and eating in Canada’s capital. Be it food-related or just food-for-thought, I hope you find something tasty here.