NAC and Ontario Festival of Small Halls announce ‘The Chef’s Table’ food and music lineup for 2023

A spectacular setting alongside the Rideau Canal, great food, and the beauty of a summer evening filled with live music

OTTAWA, May 10, 2023 — Billed as The CHEF’S TABLE a farm to table feast, this multi-weekend event will once again showcase world class chefs, great live music, and dining tables alongside the Rideau Canal, on the terrace of the NAC’s 1 Elgin Restaurant. The 2023 Chef’s Table lineup will include some of the region’s most celebrated musical acts, and the respective menus will be curated by Chef Kenton Leier (of the National Arts Centre), along with several of Canada’s finest chefs.

Thanks to this dynamic partnership between the National Arts Centre and the Ontario Festival of Small Halls, ‘The CHEF’S TABLE a farm to table feast’ once again promises to hit all the right notes for food lovers and music fans alike.

There seems to be quite an appetite for this model—a chance to enjoy great food and music at a picturesque waterside setting. Most weekends of past Chef’s Tables sold out within the first few days of going on sale.

“This is a way for folks to enjoy an outdoor dining experience on a terrace in the heart of the city, listening to live music performed alongside the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO world heritage site,” says Mark Monahan, the event’s executive director.

Event Schedule:

Aug 10-12: Chef David Vinoya (Hilton Garden Inn) / Music by Angelique Francis Quartet

Aug 17-19: Chef Carmen Ingham / Music by Jeff Rogers Trio

Aug 31-Sep 2: Chef Joe Thottungal (Coconut Lagoon/Thali) / Music by Dueling Pianos

Sep 7-9: Chef Siobhan Detkavich (The Ballantyne Project) / Music by The Retrogrades

When asked what patrons can look forward to on the menu, Nelson Borges, General Manager | Food and Beverage at the NAC said: “Much like the past few years, guests will enjoy an exceptional dining experience created by some of Canada’s top chefs, carefully selected through the NAC’s Resident Chef program, which highlights culinary talent from across Canada.”

The ‘Team Behind Bluesfest’ first launched the Ontario Festival of Small Halls (F.O.S.H.) with small steps—staging music events in historically important venues in a few small towns and villages near Ottawa, in Ontario, and featuring some notable Canadian talent. Then, F.O.S.H. organizers introduced the Chef’s Table to their programming. The Chef’s Table was created to highlight world class chefs utilizing local farm products to create a ‘farm-to-table’ experience.

TICKETS will be available May 10 at 10 a.m. at:
Small group bookings accepted; tables of 2, 4, 6, and 8 available (must book entire table).

For more on ‘The Chef’s Table’ food and music lineup for 2023 go to:

*Media contact(s):  

AJ Sauvé
613-247-1188 ext. 229

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Joe Reilly
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*For interview opportunities with NAC General Manager | Food and Beverage, Nelson Borges or NAC Chef Kenton Leier, contact:

Julie Berthelot
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