Getting better acquainted with local food in Ottawa
- Ottawa Travel Guide
- Tuesday, 25 September 2012 17:16
Locally sourced food isn't just a fleeting trend, it's an international movement, and Canada's capital is joining the fray by serving up meals made from ingredients grown and harvested within 100 miles of the city. Red Apron is one such producer that's making it easier for customers to have meals made solely from produce, meats and other food from within the nearby vicinity of Ottawa - an initiative that helps the local economy and saves the environment at the same time.
Jo-Anne and Jennifer are the masterminds behind Red Apron's philosophy, which centres around building strong communities through culinary arts, from the farmer right to the table. In a recent interview with Apt613, Jo-Anne admitted that sourcing from within a 100-mile radius can be rather difficult, particularly because, "there isn't an unlimited supply" of goods goods and some common ingredients like sugar don’t grow here. Using creative methods, such as substituting sugar with mild maple syrup, Jo-Anne and Jennifer concoct unique dishes that visitors and residents can finish cooking in the comforts of their home or hotel suite.
A typical dinner from Red Apron could include anything from roasted vegetable bruschetta and corn chowder to barley risotto and fermented pickles. Even the dessert menu features mouthwatering delights like plum spice cake and lime shortbread.