Quick Bites What’s happening in Ottawa’s culinary scene?
- Food trucks: The City of Ottawa will offer 20 new on-street spaces for mobile food operations in spring 2013. Details (including locations) are still being confirmed but the new spaces will join existing operations on private property, including the popular Stone Soup Foodworks (usually on the University of Ottawa campus), Trailer Pork Boys (Carling Avenue and Merivale), and Bite This (Westboro neighbourhood).
- Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa: Indulge in a gourmet short course at the exclusive Canadian home of this famous French cooking school. Winter options include Knife Skills on March 2 or Making macarons on March 16. Even better, you can take a sommelier-led wine course (like Best Value White Wines on Feb. 21) in their newly opened wine cellar.
- WinterBites: January is just a bit more delicious thanks to WinterBites, an annual two-week culinary extravaganza. More than 25 area restaurants offer 3-course lunch or dinner menus as special set prices January 10-26.
- Les 3 Brasseurs: The latest brewpub to open in Ottawa is this French import, installed in a beautiful space at the corner of the Sparks Street pedestrian mall and busy Bank Street downtown.
- Savoy: A French brasserie style restaurant called Savoy—run by the same folks who operate the popular Métropolitain Brasserie on Rideau Street—will replace the famous Moe’s Newport restaurant in the Westboro neighbourhood in spring 2013. Moe’s—home of the Elvis Sighting Society and great pizzas—has moved down the street to a smaller location.
- Elmdale Tavern: As of January 2013, this old-school live music venue in the hip Hintonburg neighbourhood is operated by the same owners as the funky Whalesbone Oyster House. Concept details for the new look (expected in spring 2013) aren’t yet fully revealed.
- Beyond the Pale: The craft brewing scene continues to explode, with newcomer Beyond the Pale opening its nanobrewery in a small space in Hintonburg in fall 2012.
- Gezellig: Stephen Beckta impressed Ottawans with fine-dining Beckta in 2003, and Play Food & Wine in 2009. Since late October 2012, Gezellig—a Dutch word loosely translated as “comforting” and “cosy”—is wowing them in Westboro.
- Real Sports: With 99 TVs, including one that is almost two storeys high, you’ll never miss a play at Real Sports. Each booth has a controllable TV, some have draft beer dispensers and the venue offers 195 cocktails.
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