Canada Day at the Westin Hotel: 30 Years and Counting

Although the Westin Hotel doesn’t officially celebrate its 30th birthday until October 12th, organizers are getting an early start with its traditional annual Canada Day festivities. And, with over 400 guests expected, the Air Canada sponsored event is sure to be a memorable one. Having been born in Ottawa during the 80’s, the Westin has always been a part of the downtown landscape. Designed to connect to the Rideau Centre and former Ottawa Congress Centre (now the Ottawa Convention Center), the Westin Ottawa was most recently presented with a “Westin Hotel of the Year” award... | Continue reading article

A Glimpse at Westfest 2013: Don’t Mind Me, I’m Just Here for the Food

Richmond Road, during Westfest Richmond Road, during Westfest

With Canada Day fast approaching, it is time yet again to celebrate all things Canadian. In the case of the four days that comprised the tenth annual Westfest, which came to pass almost a month ago, the festival celebrated Canadian artistic expression. So, performance art from music to dance and spoken word. Westfest was founded in 2004 by producer and artistic director Elaina Martin. The inaugural festival was a one day event, drawing 5,000 people. Thereafter, it grew. A partnership with the Westboro Village BIA paired main and community stage programming with a street party,... | Continue reading article

Unboring Sunday: The Ottawa Farmers’ Market’s Inaugural Black Box Competition

Essence Catering's Black Box Competition Plate Essence Catering's Black Box Competition Plate

In Ottawa, we make the best of the warm weather, our otherwise suffering through almost 6-months of sometimes bone-chilling cold. So, we organize outdoor events and festivals. In fact, there is something happening almost every weekend from June until September. This past Sunday, Tara Simpson, Communication and Events Manager of the Ottawa Farmers’ Market, organized the inaugural (and hopefully annual) Chefs’ Black Box competition at Brewer Park. She invited two chefs. She set up two outdoor kitchens. Vendors donated both staples for a pantry (butter, cocao nibs, chicken stock, salt, Cave Spring Chardonnay 2010, etc.)... | Continue reading article

Anatomy of a Successful Launch Party: “TAG” You’re “NEXT”

NEXT's Bites at TAG Events' Launch NEXT's Bites at TAG Events' Launch

Ever heard of Edmontonian Herbert Marshall McLuhan? The “Canadian philosopher of communication theory?” How about the CBC Heritage Minute with a mustachioed intellectual, gesturing excitedly and explaining concepts like “the medium is the message” and “global village” to the camera? Yes? No? Well, he passed away 33-years ago. Mcluhan’s prescient writings on advertising and media, however, live on. And, thanks to the Estate of Corinne & Marshall McLuhan, you can read them in 140-character portions on Twitter (@marshallmcluhan)! This past weekend, I discovered such, attending the third annual Social Capital Conference, my winning a ticket... | Continue reading article

Cheese Glorious Cheese! The Great Canadian Cheese Festival is on!

Cheese Glorious Cheese Cheese Glorious Cheese

We here at foodiePrints like two things : Prince Edward County and cheese (ok, wine and beer and bacon, too but that’s not what this post is about). This weekend is the 3rd Annual Great Canadian Cheese Festival in PEC and we think you should head down there. You will find 125 cheeses to taste, and dozens of artisan products to sample. There are tastings and a dinner with Top Chef contender François Gagnon, as well as beer, cider and wines on offer. Tickets are available on line or general admission to the fairgrounds can be... | Continue reading article

Tiny Tuesday: How to Make Up For Not Being Able To Participate in A Taste for Life

Dinner at the HIntonburg Public House Dinner at the HIntonburg Public House

Last week we urged you to make reservations at pubs and restaurants, participating in this year’s A Taste For Life fundraiser. In total, there are almost 50 dining destinations, including one caterer (dinner-to-go), signed on. Each will welcome patrons, host volunteers, and donate 25% of sales to causes that support and house persons diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. Proprieter Dave Loan announced ZenKitchen (634 Somerset Street W.) will even serve a special cocktail, a “Frozen Pineapple Daquiri,” $2 from the sale of each going to his restaurant’s donation. Eight hours ago, organizers of A Taste for Life... | Continue reading article

I didn’t eat 11 chocolate desserts two weekends ago: Carefor Chocolate Competition

Tables at the Carefor Chocolate Brunch and Competition Tables at the Carefor Chocolate Brunch and Competition

Our wine blogger, Claire, spending a tortuous morning judging eleven confections prepared by some of Ottawa’s more gifted chocolate artisans, I made do. I spent time on the floor, marveling at the professional photographers’ gear and chatting with the competing chefs. Some were dedicated pastry chefs. Others, multi-talented catering chefs. Having covered the Carefor Health Chocolate Competition and Brunch for two years from the judging table (2011 and 2012), it was refreshing participating as a camera wielding attendee. As for why I recused myself from participating as a judge, I followed Chefs Jason Laurin of... | Continue reading article

I ate 11 chocolate desserts two weekends ago: Carefor Chocolate Competition

Empire Grill's Chocolate Mocha Hazelnut Crunch Cake Empire Grill's Chocolate Mocha Hazelnut Crunch Cake

When the foodiePrints team was asked, once again, to be a judge at the Carefor Health Chocolate Brunch and Competition, we were understandable hesistant. Having been judges the two previous years, we knew that we were in for a morning of torture: a full hot buffet brunch, the company of noted Ottawa chefs, a room full of our fellow citizens, great live music, fun items on auction, followed by a dozen or so chocolate desserts from some of Ottawa’s finest restaurants and caterers…. Can you blame us for hesitating? In all seriousness, it really is... | Continue reading article