Ottawa’s Culinary Delights
In the variety of neighbourhoods across the city you’ll discover plenty of culinary delights. Over the last few years, Ottawa’s dining scene has earned many accolades and received recognition for a number of its eateries, gaining a reputation for innovative ideas and delicious cuisine.
Signatures Restaurant at Le Cordon Bleu
Immerse yourself in a mouth-watering, gastronomic experience. For more than a century Le Cordon Bleu has developed a reputation of attracting the world’s top chefs of today to teach the next great chefs of tomorrow. Now an international network of schools, Le Cordon Bleu set up a world-class facility in Canada’s capital — the only location in the country. The school’s teaching chefs offer one-day classes throughout the year for visitors, allowing you the opportunity to learn from the best. And their on-site restaurant, Signatures Restaurant at Le Cordon Bleu, dishes some of the finest cuisine in the city.
The Casino du Lac-Leamy’s Le Baccara gourmet French-inspired restaurant is one of only a handful of Canadian restaurants awarded the CAA-AAA Five Diamond distinction.
Le Baccara's open-kitchen design offers an intimate view of the chefs as they put the finishing touches on their delectable dishes, which can be paired with a superb vintage from their extensive wine list. Guests are welcome to visit the wine cellar, which houses 500 different varieties and is part of a 13,000-bottle collection.
C’est Bon Epicurean Adventures
Visitors and residents alike will learn about the evolution of Ottawa's food scene through the award-winning restaurants and wonderful ethnic and fine food shops located in several Ottawa neighbourhoods: the ByWard Market, Wellington West and Preston Street. Guests will experience the city "as locals do," by discovering food-related businesses and meeting the Chefs, producers and food artisans who are responsible for Ottawa's thriving food scene. Come sample some of the best food in Ottawa with C’est Bon Epicurean Adventures!
As one of Ontario's designated culinary tourism destinations, the city, its restaurants and its local food producers are all working together to bring locally grown and prepared foods to tables across the region through an initiative called Savour Ottawa.
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.
Fulton’s Tree-to-Table Maple Culinary Experience
Love maple? Then come to Fulton’s Tree to Table Maple Culinary Experience. Partake in a guided maple tour, including the history and methods of maple syrup production to present day, starting with a sample of real sap. Then, listen to the stories of days gone by of our Aboriginal People and early pioneers. Finally, get hands-on in a country kitchen with their maple experts and learn how to cook and bake with maple.
Bon Appétit Ottawa
On May 6th at the EY Centre, top restaurants, hotels, caterers, wineries and breweries will join together for the best cocktail party of the year! Travellers can enjoy some tasty local dishes while on their tours of Ottawa. For one night only, guests can indulge in a wide array of entrees, appetizers and even cocktails prepared by local chefs, all of which will benefit resident charities that specialize in keeping the elderly and children protected in the region.
This type of event may be ideal for those visiting the city who are interested in trying many of its culinary offerings, wines and beverages all in one place. Not only will the event be a foodie's delight, but all proceeds go toward local charities, so guests know the evening will help others in need. Bon Appétit Ottawa!
Though Ottawa has a culinary reputation that spans dozens of international cuisine varieties and cooking styles, some travellers may be searching for something uniquely Canadian during their tours of Ottawa. As a country, Canada has produced a number of popular dishes that have been embraced by the world over, yet few treats are as commonly associated with the country as the Québécois treat known as poutine. The dish involves a mountain of gravy and cheese curds set atop a basket of golden French fries, and has become an immensely popular treat with travellers looking for a hearty snack.
Last fall, Sparks Street hosted the biggest Poutine Festival in the world and they want to make it even bigger this spring! From April 24-27, purveyors of poutine and the restaurants of Sparks Street will offer up their take on Canada’s dish! Get your curd on!
On Sparks Street from June 18-22, North America’s greatest barbecuing ladies and gentlemen will slather meat with their secret recipes. Come sample some of the best BBQ chicken and ribs you’ll ever taste while teams from Canada and the United States compete at the annual Ottawa Ribfest!