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Table Erable

Last week, I received an invitation from Chef Stephen LaSalle of the Albion Rooms to attend Table Erable, the first event of the Bytown Chefs collective.  The Bytown Chefs collective is a collaborative initiative by seven young chefs in Ottawa that started in January 2015. The collective’s focus is to create unique dining events in and around the National Capital Region that raise funds for local charities. The seven chefs include: Stephen La Salle : The Albion Rooms, Novotel Hotel Kyle Mortimer-Proulx : Lowertown Brewery Paul Dubeau : Clocktower Brew Pubs Ian Reed : Courtyard Restaurant Ian Carswell Wicharuk : KW Catering & Events, National Gallery of Canada David Wallace : Around The Block Butcher Shop Jesse Brent Bell :...

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Holiday "SOCIAL"izing

Time off from my day-job gave me the opportunity to try some places that I’ve been meaning to visit for a long time. Out of town family were visiting after Christmas and true to our annual tradition of post-Christmas dining out, this year we chose the SOCIAL. Surprisingly, I had never been to SOCIAL before but I had heard great things about it. Our dinner reservation was for four on December 27th. We arrived shortly before 6pm and were seated at a banquette-style table across from the bar. The restaurant has modern décor mixed with exposed brick walls, elegant chandeliers and plush red velvet. Tables were lined with tea light candles adding to the intimate but classy atmosphere. It was...

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