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An evening at Soif

A few weeks ago our ladies’ night out brought us across the river to Gatineau’s Hull section and Soif, Bar à vin. Soif is owned by a top female sommelier in the world, Véronique Rivest.Véronique Rivest is one of the most respected sommeliers in Canada and abroad. Placing second overall World’s Best Sommelier Competition in Japan in 2013. Before opening up Soif in the fall of 2014, Rivest spent many years at Restaurant Les Fougères, in Chelsea. Soif also recently claimed the number 10 spot (the only Ottawa-Gatineau restaurant) to make Enroute’s top 10 list of new restaurants in 2015. Soif is located on Montcalm Street in the old sector called Hull, in a red brick building where you will find the...

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Guinea Pig night at Atelier

A month or so ago, I checked Instagram and saw an amazing post by local chef/owner Marc Lepine of Atelier. He was asking for about 60 taste-testers for new menu items – FREE!! -- with the caveat that guests would need to fill out a comment card before leaving. All you needed to do to get in on this special event was call and leave a message – the first callers would be added to the guest list. So I called right away and within a few minutes, he called me back to confirm that I was able to get the four seats I had requested. Award-winning Chef Marc Lepine is well known for his out-of-the-box style with a focus...

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