Ottawa – Ottawa 2017, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, Restaurateur Stephen Beckta and Chef Mike Moffatt of Beckta, Play and Gezellig restaurants, along with Sheila Whyte of Thyme & Again Catering, are pleased to announce how Canada’s Table will strengthen the social fabric of Ottawa and Northern communities, and benefit up and coming students in the culinary field.

Canada’s Table is an Ottawa 2017 non-profit event to celebrate Canada’s unique culinary culture during our 150th anniversary and to raise funds for food security projects in our communities.

This Sunday, August 27, twenty top chefs from across Canada will stage a legendary dinner in the shadow of Canada’s iconic Parliament Buildings. Tickets for the 1000-person open-air table on Wellington Street are sold out. Proceeds raised from the event will benefit the following projects:


The Growing Futures Program by the Parkdale Food Centre                                                 

Starting out as a social enterprise, the Growing Futures initiative gives youth the opportunity to grow fresh herbs and greens in “growing towers”, enabling them to learn about entrepreneurship as well as helping to grow a more resilient next generation by creating products for local food banks. The second phase will send growing towers to remote schools in Canada’s North to provide fresh greens to communities unable to grow them traditionally. Ottawa students will collaborate and partner with their Northern peers, to grow and market this healthy produce and to further foster connections between students. This promotes the importance of communities supporting communities in the realm of food security, and looks toward Canada’s next 150 years.


The Kitchen Renovation at the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa                                               

The renovation at the Police Youth Centre Clubhouse will allow the club to better offer healthy snacks to at-risk kids and expand their cooking classes to give members the ability to cook low-cost, healthy meals at home. The healthy snack program is also used as incentive for members to participate in homework club, the most popular and effective program offered through the BGCO.

In addition, many of the chefs participating in Canada’s Table will make a social contribution by sharing their skills with local charity organizations. Culinary demonstrations and production for some of our community’s most at-risk members will take place in the following venues:


The Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa                                                                                         

Saturday, August 26, from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Don McGahan Clubhouse

430 McArthur Ave.

Fostering the development of confidence and skills for life, between 8 to 10 youth will participate in cooking lessons beginning at 3 p.m. with Canada’s first “Top Chef”, Dale MacKay. Following that, at 6 p.m., between 40-50 kids will enjoy a healthy snack prepared by the celebrity chef and his newest students.

Media opportunity between 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. of celebrity chef Dale MacKay working with youth.


Shepherds of Good Hope                                                                                                       

Saturday, August 26, from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

233 Murray St.

Typical meals are served buffet-style at the Shepherds of Good Hope, one of the largest not-for-profit organizations in the city dedicated to the needs of the homeless. This special meal, prepared by Canada’s Table chefs, will be made even more enjoyable when it is served bistro-style to approximately 100 clients of the social services provider.

Media opportunity between 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. of chefs preparing dinner; photo opportunity at 5 p.m. of dinner being served to clients.


The Ottawa Mission                                                                                                                

Saturday, August 26, from 2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

35 Waller St.


Canada’s Table chefs will prepare a healthy meal for clients of The Ottawa Mission, a homeless shelter that has been helping the hungry and poor in the region since 1906. Two buffet-style meals will be served to approximately 200 people.

Media opportunity of guests being served at 4 p.m.


Ottawa-Carleton Lifeskills                                                                                                      

Saturday, August 26, from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

1 Brewer Hunt Way, Unit 9 (behind Lone Star on March Rd.)

Helping to improve the lives of adults with developmental disabilities, Ottawa-Carleton Lifeskills staff offer the support they require to lead independent and enriched lives. Chefs from Canada’s Table will further this goal by offering cooking lessons to approximately 10 clients, demonstrating healthy meal ideas that they can prepare themselves.

Media opportunity between 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. of chefs working with adults with developmental disabilities.


The Parkdale Food Centre                                                                                                      

Saturday, August 26, from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

30 Rosemount Ave., Unit 2

Approximately 40 clients of the Parkdale Food Centre will enjoy an outdoor meal (weather permitting), including fresh local produce, prepared by Canada’s Table chefs. The dinner is aligned with the Centre’s vision of building healthier, more connected communities through good food and friendship.

Media photo opportunity of guests being served at 5:30 p.m.

Preparations for Canada’s Table will also engage local culinary students, as the out-of-town chefs will be creating their dishes in the kitchen labs of Algonquin College’s School of Hospitality and Tourism on Saturday, August 26 and Sunday, August 27.

Limited media access to Saturday food preparation at the College is possible by advance RSVP only. Media can contact Algonquin College Communications Officer Chris Lackner at before noon on Friday, August 25, if interested in scheduling Saturday access, or for advance interviews with the College’s faculty chefs who will be hosting the out-of-town chefs on campus.

Of note during this 50th anniversary year for the College, two producers of Canada’s Table are graduates of Algonquin College: restaurateur Stephen Beckta (Sommelier alumnus) and Chef Michael Moffatt (Culinary Management alumnus). Moffatt and co-organizer, Chef Sheila Whyte, are also part of the College’s Culinary Management Advisory Board.

Canada’s Table is an Ottawa 2017 Signature Event, under the Ignite 150 program. Participating chefs:

Local Chefs Visiting Chefs
Chris Deraiche | Wellington Gastropub Normand Laprise | Toqué! & Brasserie T!, Montreal, QC
Joe Thottungal | Coconut Lagoon Dale Mackay | Ayden Kitchen and Bar & Little Grouse on the Prairie, Saskatoon, SK
Jordan Holley | Riviera Vikram Vij | Vij’s Group, Vancouver, BC
Jon Svazas | Fauna & Bar Laurel Melissa Craig | Bearfoot Bistro, Whistler BC
Marc Doiron | Town & Citizen Matthew Krizan | Mateus Bistro, Mahone Bay, NS
Marc Lepine | Atelier Daniel Vézina | Laurie Raphaël, Québec & Montréal, QC
Michael Blackie | NeXT Paul Rogalski | Rouge, Calgary, AB
Ross Fraser | Fraser Cafe & The Rowan Scott Vivian |Beast Restaurant, Toronto, ON
Tim Stock | Play food & wine Carolyn Reid |Scaramouche, Toronto, ON
Yannick Anton | Le Cordon Bleu Todd Perrin |Mallard Cottage, Quidi Vidi, NL

Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations offers Canadians and visitors from around the world an exceptional and memorable year of high-caliber experiences while bringing a record number of visitors to Ottawa in 2017 to celebrate this important milestone for our country.

Ottawa 2017 thanks its lead partner CIBC, premier partner Bell, the Government of Ontario ( #ontario150) and the Government of Canada ( #canada150) for their contributions in helping to deliver twelve full months of bold events, immersive experiences and all-out celebrations.

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