18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

bon appetitBon Appetit Ottawa is a charitable gourmet event that helps provide relief of hunger and poverty in the Ottawa area. The wine and food show has been running for the last 18 years and every year it gets better and better. The price of the ticket is $85 and you receive a tax rebate of $50! This year there were 23 charities involved and some volunteered to help run the show. They include:  Alternative Learning Styles & OutlooksBoys & Girls ClubBruce HouseCaring and Sharing ExchangeCarlington Community Health CentreCauseway FoundationChristie Lake KidsCommunity Laundry Co-operativeHarmony HouseHarvest HouseMaison d’AmitieMeals on WheelsOperation Come HomeOttawa-Carleton Lifeskills IncPatro d’OttawaSchool Breakfast Program (Ott Network for Education)Somerset West Community Health CentreSt. Joe’s Women’s CentreThe DoorVesta Recovery Program for WomenVHAYMCA-YWCA and Youville Centre

18th Annual Bon Appetit OttawaAt the end of the night, I was speaking with a friend of a friend who had volunteered to set up and take down. She told me that she was speaking with another volunteer earlier who had mentioned he was saved by Harvest House. He had been put in prison and Harvest House saved him. He has been out and clean for 18 months. She told him she was proud him for all that he had accomplished and proud he was there tonight volunteering at the show. He was almost stunned from the reaction.

 

Please find below some of the delicious offerings of Bon Appetit Ottawa 18th edition!

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

Hooch Bourbon House: Crispy pork belly, compressed watermelon, pickled rind, queso fresco (fresh cheese), mint honey and jalapeno.

Hooch Bourbon House (180 Rideau) had one of my favorite bites of the night. I actually had two of these pork belly babies. One at the beginning and one at the end to finish my night. The jalapeno gives the juiciness of the watermelon and the fattiness of the pork the perfect amount of heat.

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

Lunenburg Pub & Bar: Shrimp, Clams, Mussels, Crab, Potato and Creamy Seafood Broth

Lunenburg Pub & Bar (14 Waller St) offered a seafood chowder. While not the biggest fan of chowder, I could have eaten a huge pot of this one!

18th Annual Bon Appetit OttawaThey also offered two drinks. The first, the Captain’s Love Song which is their signature cocktail they offer at events, while the other, Davey Jones’ Locker is popular on the menu.

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

Fatboys: Slow roasted pulled pork on a fresh bun with maple baked beans

Fatboys Southern Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, (34 Murray) smoked their pulled pork 12-14 hours. The baked beans were sweet with the right amount of smoke flavour.

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

Divino Wine Studio: Inzolia

Divino Wine Studio (225 Preston) offered a really nice light white wine which pairs perfectly with cheese and dried fruits.

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

Divino Wine Studio: Cheese with figs

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

The Flour Shoppe (617 Bank) is always YUM and this night was no exception! The rosemary caramel popcorn is stellar and perfect for any party or gathering event as a munchie (or the main in my opinion…).

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

The cake truffles, what can I say, were amazing. I had the Chocolate Mint, while my friend had the Chocolate Peanut butter. I would have taken a picture of what the inside looked like but it didn’t last long enough!

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

There was a little food truck / food cart ally, which is always nice to see. Mr. Churritos (O’Connor & Sparks) had his fresh warm churros topped with lots of flavouring options. My favorite is the dulce de leche.

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

Angry Dragonz (Gloucester & Lyon) was serving a soon to be menu item, and I’m definitely looking forward to it!

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

Raon Kitchen (Bank, between Albert & Slater) had three different kinds of bibimpap: Pulled pork, tofu and chicken.

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

Think Lunch or Lunch (multiple locations) also has a food truck where they test new items out. They offered their vegetarian chili, mini duck spring rolls, and chocolate profiteroles. They better not have those profiteroles often or that could be dangerous!

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

Lunch: Vegetarian chili

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

Lunch: Pulled duck wrap with blueberry chutney, spinach, and cheese

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

Lunch: Profiteroles filled with chocolate cream, topped with chocolate and candied bacon. OMG.

Thimblecakes (3 locations) had many flavours of thimble sized cupcakes along with some gluten free cookies and bars.

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

Thimblcakes: Clockwise from top left: Vanilla love; Tiramisu; Coconut-Pineapple, and Chocolate love.

Rosehall Run Vineyards (Prince Edward County) wine had two offerings. I tried the Pinot Noir while my friend had the unoaked Chardonnay.
18th Annual Bon Appetit OttawaMajor Craig’s (4642 Ridge Rd) offers different flavours of chutney and Canadian Black Garlic.

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

Major Craig’s: Cranberry, North India, Butternut & Beer and Mango.

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

Major Craig’s: Black garlic whipped with cream cheese, topped with black garlic whisky jam on a crisp

Brothers Beer Bistro (366 Dalhousie) seemed like they were having a good time putting their dishes together. He says to me as I’m taking the photo, “Am I going to be on Instagram?” “Maybe…if you’re lucky” 🙂

18th Annual Bon Appetit OttawaThere were four of us, and it was an even split of favourites on this one!

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

St. Ambroise is brewed by McAuslan Brewery (Montreal) and they were there offering their Pale Ale and their Apricot Wheat Beer. My husband usually goes for the St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout. I decided to try something lighter, the Apricot Wheat Ale. Pretty tasty. Perfect for summer time on a patio. 18th Annual Bon Appetit OttawaGatineau Golf & Country Club’s restaurant, Bistro 19 (Gatineau) offered up a delicious gourmet grilled cheese! Addictive!

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

Spearhead Brewing Company (Toronto) had their three styles of beer. I tried the Hawaiian Pale Ale out of pure curisoity. It smells like pineapple and it sort of tastes like it finishes with a hoppy rose-watery flavour.

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

Sandbanks Estate Winery (Prince Edward County) offered many many varietals of their wine. Seven (7) to be exact. Three (3) whites and four (4) reds.

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

I had the Riesling while my friend had the Baco Noir. Very tasty!

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

Hummingbird Chocolates (Almonte) offered three (3) of their chocolates. Each from a different country – Dominican Republic, Bolivia and Nicaragua.  I maintain that the hispanola is my favorite! The notes of fruit are delicious. Drew, the chocolatier, cracked open a cocoa bean for me as I was asking about the Bo-nib-ia chocolate and I got to eat the fresh nibs!

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

I plan on checking out their workshop this summer!

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

Also, it turns out that Michael’s Dolce (Brewer Park Farmers Market and various shops) uses their chocolate to make his Raspberry Chocolate Jam… well this is definitely on the list to purchase.

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

Also on the list to purchase is the strawberry balsamic jam (more like a sauce and perfect for putting on ice cream or yogurt) and the new peach sriracha jam. It’s kinda like a pepper jelly. It’s excellent with cheese and fresh bread.

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company (Vankleek Hill) had four (4) bottled beers to try.

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

Beau’s: From left to right: Channel Ocho (Mexican Spiced Ale); Doc’s Feet Dubbel (Belgian Dubbel); Wag the Wolf (Hopfenweisse) and Beaver River (I.P.Eh)

Top Shelf Preserves also uses Beau’s Kissmeyer Nordic Pale Ale in her beer mustard! I met Sara at a craft show a few weeks ago, and my husband is addicted to her spicy green beans. I bought myself some pickled beets and have been waiting for the perfect moment to open them. I know as soon as I crack that lid, they will be gone in one sitting.

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

Top Shelf Preserves: Clockwise from top left – Spicy Pickled Carrots, Pickled beans, Beau’s beer mustard and pickled radish!

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

MeNa (278 Preston) is a brand spanking new restaurant in little Italy. I loved their flower-candle set up on their table. They offered a cauliflower panna cotta, which was nothing like I’ve ever tasted before. The fried sunchoke was delicious!

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

MeNa: Warm Sunchoke salad sample – Cauliflower panna cotta with fried sunchoke, cauliflower flakes, puffed rice and cilantro

Seed-to-Sausage will be opening their General Store in a few weeks and it will be located roughly at Gladstone and Bronson. They were offering a few types of salami and a chorizo. Mmmm. Looking forward to the shop…

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

RBC was the main Sponsor of the show. Sponsors have the opportunity to attend the show a half hour before the general public. During the show, I ended up finding a random RBC Cookie basket on a coffee/tea station table. Jackpot! 🙂

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

 The Unrefined Olive (51 Second Ave) offers olive oils and balsamic vinegars that customers can come in and taste before buying. My favorite is the Sage and Mushroom olive oil.

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

The Unrefined Olive: From left to right – (?), Organic Basil OO, Chipotle OO, F3-17 Reserve (Italy), White Cranberry Pear Balsamic and Traditional 18 year Balsamic

18th Annual Bon Appetit OttawaCassel Brewery (Casselman) had three beers on tap. I had the Golden Rail Honey Brown Ale and my friend had the White Fog Wheat Beer. I love how different the colours are. There is something beautiful about it.

18th Annual Bon Appetit OttawaMamma Grazzi’s (25 George) was out of their main offering of Prosciutto crostini with white kidney beans, basil, green peppercorns on garlic toast. However they still had their dolci!

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

Mamma Grazzi’s: Torrone – Dark chocolate terrine with almonds and sun-dried cherries, covered with white chocolate and pistachios

Biagio’s Italian Kitchen (1394 Richmond Rd) offered meatballs and tiramisu! Every thing is made fresh daily. Pretty yummy!

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

The Courtyard Restaurant (21 George St) had a main and a dessert! Both delicious! My friend went back for a second round!

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

Courtyard Restaurant: Nagano pork belly, kimchi catsup, wild and tame mushrooms, pickled Asian pears, alliums, wild rice crispies

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

Courtyard Restaurant: Flourless chocolate cake, caramelized white chocolate, sea buckthorn curd, dehydrated chocolate crumble, malted milk ice cream

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

Courtyard Restaurant: Flourless chocolate cake, caramelized white chocolate, sea buckthorn curd, dehydrated chocolate crumble, malted milk ice cream

Every year Les Fougeres (Chelsea) puts out an incredible sample. This year was just that!

18th Annual Bon Appetit OttawaThey dug up fiddleheads from their garden for the table at the show, which makes sense…les fougeres… the ferns. They were adorable!

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

Les Fougeres: Homemade pork sausage with lemongrass, coconut, lime leaf and Thai basil served on a mango and cucumber salad with spicy red pepper vinaigrette and roasted peanuts

We had a good time with the folks from The Grange of Prince Edward Estate Winery.

18th Annual Bon Appetit OttawaAlways a good choice! I had the Riesling while my friend had the Pinot Noir to pair with their sausage.

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

18th Annual Bon Appetit OttawaSouthern Cross Grill (404 Queen) is located near work, and I’ve been there for lunch before, but now when I go, I will be on a mission for these puppies! I could probably eat 20!

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

Southern Cross: Ahi Tuna Crisps – Grade-A tuna loin, marinated in fresh lemon and ground pepper, sliced thin and served on fried garlic flour tortilla crisps with Cajun mayonnaise. Topped with bell pepper and scallion confetti.

Waupoos Premium Cider (Prince Edward County) is always refreshing in the summer time on a patio.

18th Annual Bon Appetit OttawaThey were also offering their Peach Cider! I can see summer now…

18th Annual Bon Appetit OttawaCarolina’s Box of Goodness are also a fan favorite, especially when she’s pouring hot dulce de leche right on top. Filler up please!

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

18th Annual Bon Appetit OttawaAlgonquin College School of Hospitality and Tourism (1385 Woodroffe) offered a rhubarb bread pudding with foie gras and duck confit. Yeah, I had two.

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

These gentleman walked around the whole event all evening playing music that reminded me of the movies Moonriver and Casablanca. It was a lovely touch.

18th Annual Bon Appetit OttawaThere were around 1,700 tickets sold and due to the EY centre, you never really felt crowded, which was nice.

18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

Hope to see you next year at this great event!!

 

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4 thoughts on “18th Annual Bon Appetit Ottawa

  1. Jenn – It was so great to attend the event with you and your friends. I am reminded of every tasty bite with the beautiful pictures you took. I can’t wait to check out some of my favourites this summer. Good times, good food, good friends! Lise

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