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February is Heart Month

For the second year in a row, Ottawa Foodie Girlz focused its February fundraising efforts for the Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation during Heart Month. We decided to hold an online auction from Feb 15-20, 2016 to raise funds towards a new hybrid operating room. This hybrid operating room provides one setting for multi-disciplinary team of cardiac surgeons, interventional cardiologists and electrophysiologists to work side-by-side treating all types of cardiac cases at the Ottawa Heart Institute. The Ottawa Heart Institute has very personal significance for me, as I was patient there in August 2011, at the age of 32. I learned that I was a candidate to have a Pulmonary Thromboendarterectomy (PTE). It really is as complex and scary as it sounds, I...

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Savour Ottawa Winter Tables

2 weeks of local food menus and events - Support local from February 16 to 29, 2016 Support local farmers and producers but leave the cooking to some great chefs! Savour Ottawa’s Winter Tables starts tomorrow and runs until February 29, 2016. For those who aren’t familiar with Winter Tables, it celebrates the availability of local food in winter, as well as the talents of local chefs including:  Absinthe (Menu) The Albion Rooms (Menu) Fairmont Chateau Laurier (Menu) North & Navy (Menu) Red Apron (Menu) The Table Restaurant (Menu) What is Savour Ottawa? Savour Ottawa is an initiative spearheaded by Ottawa Tourism, Just Food and the City of Ottawa (Markets Management & Rural Affairs Branches). Savour Ottawa is a membership-based initiative, aiming to highlight local farmers, and provide...

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Makin' It Grain a collaborative pop-up dinner

We’re always on the lookout for food events to attend and were really excited when we found out about Makin’ It Grain. Dominion City Brewing Co., was transformed into a 100 seat pop-up dinner venue that featured five courses with beer pairings. This event was to benefit FarmWorks, a social enterprise at Operation Come Home that empowers young people with food, farming, and agricultural skills. This pop-up was a collaboration that included: Eryn O’Neill, Visual Artist David Wallace, Owner, Around The Block Butcher Shop Stephen La Salle, Chef, The Albion Rooms Sarah and Jess Carpinone, Bakers/Owners, Bread By Us Josh McJannett, Head Brewer and Co-Founder, Dominion City Brewing Co. It was fun to follow along on social media while this...

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Ladies' night fundraiser in support of Harmony House

We started planning this event at the end of August. Our last event, in May, was in support of the Ottawa Mission. This time we thought it would be great to support a women’s shelter so we decided to focus our efforts on Harmony House. We like to try different types of events and given the cause we thought a Ladies’ Night fundraiser was a perfect choice. We got in touch with Harmony House and started discussions with Kerry Gervais, their Fund Development Manager. Kerry Gervais speaking about Harmony House | Photo credit: Claude Haché For those of you that aren’t familiar with Harmony House, it’s a second-stage women’s shelter. They provide safe, affordable transitional housing for women and children...

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Weekend road trip to Prince Edward County – Part 2

The main reason we were heading to PEC was to attend the Great Canadian Cheese Festival held every June. We first heard about this festival in late 2014, so we saved the date and started planning for this weekend in early 2015. The festival, now in its fifth year at the Picton Fairgrounds is a showcase for more than 125 artisan cheeses from outstanding cheese-makers from all across Canada. The festival is also a crowd pleaser offering cheese-related artisan food and drinks such as breads and condiments, wine, cider and craft beer as well as shortbread cookies, and other yummy treats! This year’s festival brought over 5000 people to the area during the two-day festival. This is part two of...

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