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Gatineau’s Rendez-vous des saveurs Wine & Food Event Was A Foodie Must!

By on October 21, 2015

I guess you’re weekend is going pretty good when the biggest decision of the day is: Now what do I want to eat right now? The tempting oysters or the foie gras bonbon, but then there’s also the sous-vide steak and bison tartar to eat…decisions decisions!

For foodies out there decisions like these are not stressors, as you know that at the end of it all – you will have consumed or tried most of them,  how could you not?! And that is exactly what I did when I took part in the 19th Anniversary of Gatineau’s Rendez-vous les saveurs wine and food event.

Not ever having gone to this event before, I was pleasantly spoiled as I had the pleasure of meeting key players who helped organize this culinary affair. As well as being lucky enough to be accompanied by a member of the Rendez-vous saveurs, who was generous enough to show me around and answer all my questions.

The event didn’t hold back any punches, they had a bit of everything to suit everyone’s tastes. Microbreweries to vintage wines and spirits were being showcased by local wineries, spirit makers to the SAQ serving some of their popular bottles. I had the pleasure of tasting a glass or two (not that anyone is counting) of Ca’ del Bosco Franciacorta sparkling wine, it was first for me and it will definitely not be the last as I very much enjoyed it!

Vintage wines and a variety of spirits at Le Rendez-vous saveurs. (left to right) SAQ serving some of their bottles, Domaine Pinnacle’s variety of spirits and a Chateâuneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Classique Blanc from UNIVINS

And now for the food…

For those that have been reading my articles, you know that wherever there is an opportunity for me to engage in the 3 S’s of oysters…I will happily partake! For those not familiar with the 3 S’s of oysters: Shuck, Slurp and Seduce!

The oysters gods were out in full force as I was treated to a variety of tantalizing oysters thanks to Les vilains pêcheurs (a seafood restaurant and outlet store located in Aylmer). When I mentioned that I had a weakness for all things oyster related, I was pleasantly surprised with Nova Scotia’s Caribou Island, P.E.I’s Colville Bay and Îles de la Madeleine oysters…Yes, I was spoiled 😉

Les vilains pêcheurs and their assorted oyster offerings.

Rendez-vous des saveurs not only had workshops and food demonstrations by well known chefs and restaurants, but they also had many eateries willing to talk about their establishment and what their line of cooking stands for and how it symbolizes the restaurant. Chef Jean-Philippe Ménard from Le Rituel restaurant gave guests a food demo on how he prepares his salmon gravlax and steak tartar with truffle oil. The tartar was off the chart, especially with my weakness for white truffle oil!

Food demonstration of salmon gravlax and steak tartar by Chef Jean-Philippe Ménard from Le Rituel restaurant.

Food, food and again more food were out on display and for all to enjoy…And what delectable treats the guests were treated too.  Le Baccara grabbed the spirit of Halloween with their station as they tempted foodies with their rich and indulgent foie gras treat.

Le Baccara Halloween inspired station

Le Baccara’s offering: duck foie gras bonbon and roasted pistachios, brioche bread, crème brûlée with wild passion flower.

L’Arôme, grillades et fruits de mer restaurant at the Hilton Lac Leamy tempted guests with an assortment of surf and turf.

L’Arôme’s steak cooked sous-vide with potatoes served with a Jack Daniels sauce and pickled beets.

L’Arôme’s Tuna tatakai served with a marinated shitake mushroom and coriander salad with a jalapeño coulis

There were a variety of local vendors that kept guests busy, tempting them with their tasty products. From local chocolates and cheeses to savory nuts and duck confit…one could spend a tiny fortune buying these locally sourced creations. And it would be money well spent at that!

(Left to Right) Amandes de Maribel, Rochet chocolatier and Ferme des canardises.

The afternoon spent at Le Rendez-vous des saveurs was one of discovering new restaurant’s, new products and new chefs. To say that this amazing wine and food event is only 10 minutes from downtown Ottawa is incredible. I say this because there is no reason why anyone who has an appreciation for good food and great tasting libations should miss out on such an event!

I am definitely jotting this event in the calendar as one not to miss!

Cheers from The Food Tease!

 

After a long day, a rich and tasty avocado, egg and bacon salad was the way to go!!🥑🥚🥓😍😋

And the pièce de résistance, triple-cream Brie with @artisinbakery baguette - the perfect match for such a meal. 

At this rate, indulgence should be my nickname 😉

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Friday night, I had the privilege of attending the 2024 Canadian Culinary Championships - Mystery Wine Challenge - People's Choice Award🥇🥇@greatkitchenparty
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Congratulations to all the chefs involved in this intense competition. The chefs needed to create a dish to pair with the mystery wine. Each chef was given a tricky budget of $550 for the 250 guests. I was witnessing creativity at its best!!😋
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The winning dish🥇 (centered in the middle of the photo) was created by JP Dublado: Red Deer Resort and Casino, Red Deer AB
Dish: beet & soy cured albacore tuna - ponzu gel - tomato water - puffed wild rice - beet green oil
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Amazing talent from all the chefs as they paired with the mystery wine (a 2021 Lailey Vineyard Zweigelt)🍷🍷
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Planning for your BIG wedding day💍 and looking for something different than the traditional bachelorette party? 🎉🎉
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Then you need to read my solo Montreal getaway article featured in the latest issue of @ottawawedding magazine.
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● High Tea at the Ritz-Carlton 🍾🥂
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● Visiting the beautiful light show at the Botanical Gardens ⚘️✨️
● Culinary experiences at the Foxy restaurant and discovering local restaurants during a food tour😋😋
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Visiting my alma mater and watching the culinary workshop from a different lens reinforced the rationale as to why I pursued my culinary education…the pleasure of savouring the fruits of your labour. 😋
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Check out the article and the new culinary workshops being offered. Enjoy the adventure!!😊🤗
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A year ago this week, I was enjoying some bath time while in @discoverdominica 🏖🏝😍
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What goes better together than Champagne and lobster?! Nothing, except MORE Champagne...hence the magnum of Veuve!🍾🥂🦞
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