Bon 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 & Outlooks; Boys & Girls Club; Bruce House; Caring and Sharing Exchange; Carlington Community Health Centre; Causeway Foundation; Christie Lake Kids; Community Laundry Co-operative; Harmony House; Harvest House; Maison d’Amitie; Meals on Wheels; Operation Come Home; Ottawa-Carleton Lifeskills Inc; Patro d’Ottawa; School Breakfast Program (Ott Network for Education); Somerset West Community Health Centre; St. Joe’s Women’s Centre; The Door; Vesta Recovery Program for Women; VHA; YMCA-YWCA and Youville Centre.
At 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!
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.
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!
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.
Divino Wine Studio (225 Preston) offered a really nice light white wine which pairs perfectly with cheese and dried fruits.
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…).
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!
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.
Angry Dragonz (Gloucester & Lyon) was serving a soon to be menu item, and I’m definitely looking forward to it!
Raon Kitchen (Bank, between Albert & Slater) had three different kinds of bibimpap: Pulled pork, tofu and chicken.
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!
Thimblecakes (3 locations) had many flavours of thimble sized cupcakes along with some gluten free cookies and bars.
Rosehall Run Vineyards (Prince Edward County) wine had two offerings. I tried the Pinot Noir while my friend had the unoaked Chardonnay.
Major Craig’s (4642 Ridge Rd) offers different flavours of chutney and Canadian Black Garlic.
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” 🙂
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. Gatineau Golf & Country Club’s restaurant, Bistro 19 (Gatineau) offered up a delicious gourmet grilled cheese! Addictive!
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.
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.
I had the Riesling while my friend had the Baco Noir. Very tasty!
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!
I plan on checking out their workshop this summer!
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.
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.
Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company (Vankleek Hill) had four (4) bottled beers to try.
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.
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!
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…
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! 🙂
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.
Cassel 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.
Mamma 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!
Biagio’s Italian Kitchen (1394 Richmond Rd) offered meatballs and tiramisu! Every thing is made fresh daily. Pretty yummy!
The Courtyard Restaurant (21 George St) had a main and a dessert! Both delicious! My friend went back for a second round!
Every year Les Fougeres (Chelsea) puts out an incredible sample. This year was just that!
We had a good time with the folks from The Grange of Prince Edward Estate Winery.
Southern 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!
Waupoos Premium Cider (Prince Edward County) is always refreshing in the summer time on a patio.
Carolina’s Box of Goodness are also a fan favorite, especially when she’s pouring hot dulce de leche right on top. Filler up please!
Algonquin College School of Hospitality and Tourism (1385 Woodroffe) offered a rhubarb bread pudding with foie gras and duck confit. Yeah, I had two.
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.
Hope to see you next year at this great event!!