Sold out and bursting at the seams with delicious creations, Ottawa’s First Underground Chef’s Market was a definite success!
Sold out — their pupusas were popular!
There was a long wait at the bar, and some confusion when lines at different vendors criss-crossed, but overall there was an excited buzz in the Ottawa Convention Centre as market-goers tasted what local chefs had to dish out. With everything from duck confit sliders to chocolate sushi on offer I didn’t get a chance to taste everything, but I put in a good effort, and what I did taste was delicious (somewhat surprisingly, my favourite discovery of the night might have been these raw organic truffle
s…). The vendors I spoke to were all very enthusiastic; for many of them it was their first time selling their dishes at a public event, but there were also chefs from established restaurants as well as one of my favourite street vendors
Confit pork belly, smoked bacon & a pierogi from Mitch’s Pork Station — a delicious trio.
YumTown City’s “Carpet Steak” sandwich with a deep fried oyster on top…so good.
Chocolate sushi from Chef Tex Cuisine (with pop rocks on top!), and decadent cake truffles from Curly’s Cravings
The event organizers, Privé Food Thought, are already busy planning their next event: a Noodlefest on February 22nd. Check out their website
and Facebook page
if you want to keep up with what’s happening in the new year. If you’re interested in becoming a vendor, you can get more information and register here
I feel like the food & drink scene in Ottawa has been getting quite a bit of hype lately, and I love it! Looking forward to tasting what’s next! xo
Foodies get ready, on November 30th there’s a new culinary event in town: the city’s first Underground Chef’s Market.
The event is being organized by a new start-up, Privé Food Thought, whose goal is to produce and promote culinary-related events in the city. The Underground Chef’s Market will be made up of professional chefs as well as passionate home cooks. Featured will be dishes from over twenty vendors who were picked based on their application’s flavour, presentation, and uniqueness. The aim is a street food-type feel, so that market-goers can have tastes of everything from Spanish tapas to Sicilian snacks and Asian fusion as they explore the vendors set up in the Ottawa Convention Centre.
The organizers say they want to bring this event to the capital to “rebrand the city’s food scene”. By promoting independent cooks and businesses, they are hoping to provide a platform for emerging vendors to get a feel for the public’s response to their dishes, and at the same time will introduce Ottawa to new local chefs and flavours. The aim is to run the Underground Market a few times a year.
What can you expect to eat? Privé Food Thought has shared glimpses of the diversity to be featured: duck popcorn, chipotle waffles, gourmet donuts and Salvadoran papusas are just a few of the dishes set to tantalize your taste buds. A DJ will be on hand to spin some tunes and artwork by local artists will also be showcased. Tickets are $10 in advance, each dish will cost between $1-10, and there will be a cash bar inside (the event is 19+). Intrigued? Come out at the end of the month to taste these creations while they’re above ground!
And there’s more to come –follow Privé to find out what they have in store for 2014….
Bon appétit and see you November 30th!
People gathering at the National War Memorial in Ottawa
Always grateful for those who have served and are serving for our country. Thank you.
A timely article from the Ottawa Citizen on such an important subject:
“Our soldiers need more than a single day of remembrance; more than a “moment of silence” for their service. They need a government that pays them more than lip service and a public whose support goes beyond chest-thumping patriotism.” Worth a read, we need to help our veterans.
Winter is tiptoeing its way in. Frosty mornings have arrived, along with the first dustings of snow, though it has yet to linger. I’ve nicknamed this month No-fun No-vember due to the mess of schoolwork I can never seem to actually catch up with. With the days getting darker earlier though it is slightly more conducive to getting cozy with my textbooks. And I can’t whine, even when I try to cut back on the fun and ramp up the studying, I always seem to find time for some fun — there just aren’t enough hours in the day.
What does the fox say? (Zzzz after Halloween festivities.)
I always have a little notebook with me in which I like to write down things that flit through my mind, and this summer I jotted down a whole bunch of different combos of ingredients for “seasonal” granolas. In my head I imagined bright, sunny flavours for summer, and spiced warmth in the colder months. Most of these little inspirations that get written down never see the light of day, but I managed to make one of my “fall” granolas the other day. Pepitas, apple, spices, and maple syrup might help make these cold mornings warmer. Granola for Fall…
It’s a very belated pop culture reference, but I’m too happy with my nerdy wordplay to care. I might be past my trick-or-treating days, but I’m definitely not past Halloween treats (is that even possible?). These don’t involve any sorceress’ spells or ghoulish gore, but they are dangerously delicious — Happy Halloween! Read On…
Let’s win friends with salad. Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi’s newest cookbook Jerusalem is one of the most recent additions to our bookshelf, but it has quickly become a regular sight on the kitchen counter. The book is beautiful and bright, with recipes that are accessible and intriguing. The recipes we’ve tried so far have almost all become family favourites and this chickpea salad is one we will definitely be making again. We quadrupled the recipe right off the bat, which was totally the right call as it turned out – there were no leftovers after dinner. Continue for the recipe…
I turned 22 last week! When you and many of your friends turn 22 the same year that Taylor Swift comes out with a hit song about that very age, chances are you’ll hear it a lot. I’ll admit to totally loving the song – it’s super catchy, and TSwift’s lyrics are pretty insightful for a sugary pop song.
Although Taylor’s words are wise, for my 22nd birthday I asked people who know me a little better than she to send me what they would say to a 22 year old. I asked for little “nuggets” of advice; either “words of wisdom” or something they wish they had known when they were 22. I received Chinese proverbs and Shakespearean quotes, wise one liners and whole pages of thoughtful advice…it was really great. How to feel about feeling 22? Read on…