Imagine yourself partaking in an elegant and classy Parisian-style summer picnic where glitz and glamour characterize this epicurean event like no other.
In 2 weeks, Ottawa will be hosting a worldwide culinary phenomenon which also happens to be this summer’s most sought after event, Dîner en Blanc.
Ottawa will be joining the likes of Paris, London, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Sydney and many other world renowned cities with its very first edition of Dîner en Blanc, which will be held on Thursday, August 11, 2016.
The numbers don’t lie when you read that over 100,000 foodies and cultural enthusiasts around the world have already embraced this unique event, and now you can as well, right here in our Nation’s Capital.
This très chic picnic is equal parts mystery tour, pop-up feast and je ne sais quoi!
“Launched in Paris nearly 30 years ago by François Pasquier and a handful of friends, Dîner en Blanc Paris now attracts over 10,000 people each year. What began as a “friends and word-of-mouth only” event has grown into an international epicurean sensation in over 70 cities in more than 25 countries.”
Dîner en Blanc Paris.
The principles of the event has stayed true over the years regardless of the country; guests continue to gather at a secret location for the sole purpose of sharing a gourmet meal with good friends in one of their city’s most beautiful sites.
“With a rich foodie culture, we felt our Nation’s Capital was primed for this amazing event,” says Lauren Hayes Van Den Weghe, co-host of Le Dîner en Blanc – Ottawa, who has been working in the hospitality industry for over 10 years.
“We hope Ottawa’s very first edition is a tremendous success that will pave the way towards establishing a long-standing tradition the city will anticipate and look forward to in the future.”
Unlike your typical picnic, Le Dîner en Blanc offers its guests the option of either bringing their own gourmet meals or ordering a delightful three-course dinner from the event’s exquisite menu.
Dîner en Blanc San Diego.
For Ottawa’s first edition, Le Dîner en Blanc has partnered with the culinary forces Beckta and La Bottega to develop a unique and delicious menu which is available on the Dîner en Blanc e-store (orders will be submitted during the initial ticket registration). Wines will be provided by Cave Springsand The Vine, which are also available for purchase on the e-store.
Le Dîner en Blanc recalls the elegance and glamour of high French society, where guests engage with one another, knowing that they are taking part in a truly magical event.
For those that would like to bring their own culinary creations, Metrohas joined as the official grocery sponsor of the event. I have been informed that Metro will have sweet treats for everyone at the event.
To maintain its uniqueness as well as staying true to tradition of Le Dîner en Blanc, guests must observe certain requirements and follow a few key rules.
To participate in this first edition: guests must be invited via the hosts’ network or participating partners or get on the waiting list via the official website http://ottawa.dinerenblanc.info/register
Once confirmed, each guest’s participation becomes mandatory, regardless of weather conditions. This is a rain or shine event.
Dress code: Elegant and white only. Originality and creativity are encouraged as long as it is stylish and tasteful.
Table setting: All white
Guests must bring: A table, two (white) chairs, a white tablecloth, proper stemware and white dinnerware.
Food: either a picnic basket comprising of fine foods, or a pre-ordered meal selection (all pre-ordered food, will be picked up at the site).
Libations: As per Ottawa’s alcohol regulations, guests cannot bring their own alcohol. Guests wishing to enjoy wine or Champagne with their meal, must reserve online through the Dîner en Blanc’s e-store. However, guests are welcome to bring their own non-alcoholic beverages. Beer and hard liquor are prohibited.
To ensure that the location of the event remains a mystery until the last minute, guests meet at assigned departure location and are escorted to the site by Dîner en Blanc volunteers. In order to leave the event location as clean as when they arrived, guests are required to leave with all their belongings, leftovers and litter.
Beckta’s Albacore tuna ceviche for Dîner en Blanc Ottawa.
Listed below are two three-course menu options for guests from Beckta .
A couple of nights ago, I had the pleasure of attending @chainecanada, Bailliage du Canada induction soiree at Ottawa's @centreshawcentre
The end of year event showcased the culinary talent of Executive @chef_pat_turcot and his brigade. I was spoiled with all the delicious dishes!! 😍😋
The Royal Ottawa Golf Club Executive Chef, @jaynords, who is also La Chaine des Rotisseures Bailli of Ottawa, kicked off the stellar culinary event. Special thanks to him for giving me the opportunity to experience such an event😊
La Chaine des Rotisseures members and their guests were spoiled with the following dishes:
● 🧀 Modern Caprese: Charlevoix torched and smoked 1608 cheese. Basil tomato water.
● 🍏 Vegetable: Brined celery root, poached granny Smith apple and shaved chestnut.
●🐟 Fish: Poached Fogo Island cod with fennel and dulse, Northern Coldwater shrimp ceviche on focaccia with Acadian Sturgeon Caviar, prosecco foam and herbs.
● 🍗Poultry: duck confit ravioli, Le Coprin mushroom-hazelnut pate, sunchoke polenta, chard, sour cherry gastrique and Nosey goat cheese.
● 🥩Venison: Sous vide 54C Labrador tea venison loin, brioche toast, sage squash puree and emulsion mole BY55 Noir N1.
● Quince: Quince Kouign-Amann tatin style, Lacelle's Apiary honey ice cream.
● 🍫 Chocolate: BY55 chocolate cremeux, Sable Breton and cranberry gel.
An incredible tasty evening and experience!!😊😋
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Dominica's luxury hotel @coulibri_ridge not only offers exceptional high-end accommodations and warm hospitality, their culinary team also delivers on the same high standard!😍😋
A real treat to experience such flavourful dishes from Executive Chef Damian Mason and his brigade.🤩
Dinners offered a plethora of tasty dishes. Everything from curried lobster in banana leaf with spiced potatoes and carrot purée, roasted pumpkin risotto with parmesan foam to buttered spaghetti with spicy arrabbiata cherry tomato sauce and crispy basil...the dishes were OFF THE CHARTS!!😋😋
Breakfast offerings were equally divine. I had opted to try their Dominican breakfast of salted fish, plantains, tomato medly served with Johnny Cakes and fruits. And if that wasn't enough, I had to try their sweet avocado toast with coconut bacon. Simply delicious 😋
I also tried their Swiss potato roesti with mushrooms ragou, served with locally grown fruits and breakfast muffins...I couldn't get enough!!
A real culinary treat to experience such dishes!!
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As a Canadian, I am very proud to say that I had the pleasure of staying at the uber luxurious resort @coulibri_ridge located in Dominica, owned by fellow Canadians, Daniel Langlois and Dominique Marchand.🇨🇦🇨🇦😍
Harnessing the power of both sun and wind, completely self-sufficient and off the grid, this high-end 14 suite resort, has proven that minimal impact on nature can be attained and without compromise!!🌞🌬
The energy collected on the resort is part of the resort's shared power generation and storage. They have enough energy for the entire resort, which comprises of 14 fully equipped and air-conditioned luxury suites, two restaurants, kitchens, offices and conference rooms, spa, multiple swimming pools, resort lighting, and charging stations for electric vehicles. Sustainability at the highest level!!😍😍
Coulibri Ridge owners, Daniel Langlois and his life partner Dominique Marchand (love the Canadian connection🇨🇦), aspire to have guests experience Coulibri Ridge, as a model for self-sustainablility and that it leaves a lasting impression on them to do their part, for the betterment of our world🌏
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Lobster, lobster and more lobster 🦞 🦞🦞😋
Dominica is very rich in fruits and vegetables and ofcourse an abundance of seafood, to savour and devour. So when Dominica...we indulge in lobster🤗😋
Special thanks to Keepin' It Real @junglebaydominica and the @fortyounghotel for the delicious dishes!!
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The stunningly beautiful Trafalgar Falls, located in the Trois Piton National Park!!😍😍
These famous twin waterfalls are a 20-minute drive from Dominica's capital, Roseau. It's a short 10 to 15 minute walk along a well-maintained path to the viewing platform, where you can photograph both falls.
Fun fact: The smaller waterfall has cool refreshing water, whereas the tall one is a hot spring.💧🔥
Dominica's natural beauty is endless!!😍
While in the beautiful Portsmouth region in Dominica, I had hoped to experience some interesting experiences, and I did just that! 🤗
🔸️Visit the famous Indian River Bush Bar ✅️
🔸️See the witch house from Pirates of the Caribbean 2 movie ✅️
🔸️See the incredible flora and fauna, including the numerous iguanas and crabs that live off the Indian River ✅️
Special thanks to Cobra Tours Dominica for the 'Dynamite' Rum excursion and for an amazing time!!😋
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Discovering other incredibly scenic regions of Dominica, has brought The Food Tease to the award-winning, adventure and wellness retreat @junglebaydominica ⛰️🏝
The villas at the resort are sustainably designed with nature in mind.
The bamboo walk-in showers at the resort, instantly puts you in a 'spa' frame of mind. In addition to the numerous activities that the resort includes, as part of their Adventure Wellness package (hiking, snorkeling, kayaking, yoga, cooking classes, etc.) daily half-hour spa treatments are also included‼️💆🏼♀️😍
Catching the beautiful sunset at the resorts' infinity pool was a MUST for me!
Wait till you see what activities and adventures I do next!!🤗😉
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After some incredible snorkeling in Toucari Bay with @wanderlustcaribbean we needed some well deserved substance to refuel our bodies! 🤿🐟🐠🏝
The Keep'in It Real restaurant was the ideal eatery for some tasty snapper 🐟 with all its delicious trimmings (local greens, fried plantains, fritters with some rice and beans).
To wash it all down, some local Rum with passion fruit juice 😋 🍹
This is what experiencing a new destination should be like...amazing adventures, delicious food and connecting with like-minded enthusiasts!!😍🤗
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Exploring Dominica with @wanderlustcaribbean has been a REAL treat of an experience!!⛰️🏝
Their knowledge of the best island hikes and my favourite, snorkeling AND more importantly, their effervescent personalities make for an incredible adventure travel experience! 🤗😍
The stunning views of Point Baptist beach are like post cards coming to life! This beach is known for its insanely soft white and black sand.🏝
Here's to exploring new destinations and making more memories🤗
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Perfect sunrise views🌞 I am extremely happy to announce that I'm in DOMINICA⛰️🏝 😍😍
**not to be confused with the Dominican Republic**
@travelandleisure recently announced Dominica as the #1 Top Caribbean Destination🥇🥇and I'm here to experience it first-hand!!
My journey starts with the bespoke adventure travel boutique hotel @wanderlustcaribbean
This hotel goes the extra mile with their adventure travel experience. The owners literally experience each and every adventure with all their guests, giving you that extra catered feel!! Now that's star service!!🤩🤩
Stay tuned to see my adventures on this beautifully lush nature island😍🤗
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