Savour Ottawa hosts local harvest lunch: its first public event

Harvest Table features locally grown and raised food prepared by committed chefs

[Source: Ottawa Tourism press release]

OTTAWA, August 2, 2011—Savour Ottawa will host its first ever public event, the Savour Ottawa Harvest Table, at the Parkdale Market on Sunday, August 28. Two seatings of locally grown and raised food will take place, at 12:00noon and 2:00pm, prepared by chefs who have shown a commitment to using local food. The cost is $50 (plus HST) per person for a three-course meal plus two samples of beer and/or wine and tickets are available online as of today through www.savourottawa.ca (the direct link is www.savourottawa.eventbrite.com).

“Joining Savour Ottawa has been good for my business,” says local farmer Hans Lindenmann of Trillium Meadows Red Deer & Wild Boar Farm in Vankleek Hill. “This event is another great opportunity to showcase our meats to a wider audience.”

Farmers who are contributing to the meal include:

  • Trillium Meadows Red Deer & Wild Boar Farm
  • Bryson Farms
  • Upper Canada Heritage Meat
  • Fitzroy Beef Farmers Cooperative
  • Clarmell Farms
  • Hall’s Apple Market
  • Acer Farms
  • Major Craig’s Chutneys
  • …and more yet to be confirmed

Prominent local chefs who have committed to taking part include representatives of:

  • Thyme & Again Creative Catering
  • Fairmont Château Laurier
  • The Green Door
  • 42 Crichton Street Fine Foods
  • The Branch Restaurant
  • Credible Edibles
  • The Piggy Market
  • The Whalesbone Catering
  • …and more yet to be confirmed

“I’m really looking forward to participating,” says Sheila Whyte of Thyme & Again Catering. “This is a unique chance to share stories about local food in a collaborative way directly with the people who are most passionate. I wouldn’t miss the opportunity to be involved!“

Tents will be erected in the park and guests will be served family-style at tables of 8. Just 100 tickets are available for each seating. The Parkdale Market will be in full operation during the event, as will the Savour Ottawa Field House, a unique cooperative retail operation among 10 Savour Ottawa farmers that launched in May 2011, operating Thursdays through Sundays. www.fieldhouseparkdale.com

The Wellington West Business Improvement Area is also contributing to the event. “We’re very pleased to welcome Savour Ottawa’s inaugural public event to Wellington West,” says Annie Hillis, Executive Director of the WWBIA. “Parkdale Park is a popular spot locally, and we are very thrilled with the recent upgrades to the park and the farmers\’ market as well as our main street improvements that will be fully completed this year. If people are cycling, we have 255 new bike racks for them to use! We want to extend our friendly hospitality to everyone who visits Wellington West and hope that people will enjoy this great event and the area. “

The Savour Ottawa initiative is spearheaded by Ottawa Tourism, the City of Ottawa (Markets Management, Rural Affairs) and Just Food. A volunteer Advisory Committee comprised of farmers, chefs and industry representatives meets regularly. Membership currently includes over 80 farmers/producers, 30 restaurants/food service businesses, 8 retailers and 10 supporter members. Savour Ottawa works to develop and promote Ottawa and area as a premier, year-round culinary destination, with robust offerings of local foods and experiences for both locals and visitors to the area. www.savourottawa.ca