Ottawa has more agricultural land within its borders than any city in Canada – and local chefs and locavores reap the benefits! A local initiative known as Savour Ottawa creates linkages between farm producers and restaurateurs. Watch for this symbol . Home to no less than three cooking schools – including the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa Culinary Institute – Ottawa is gaining acclaim at home and elsewhere for its lively culinary scene. The most recent support for that claim: Chef Marc Lepine of Atelier Restaurant took top honours competing against Canada’s best chefs at the Gold Medal Plates competition in February.
The ByWard Market district is home to numerous restaurants, as is Little Italy along Preston Street, and the Hintonburg and Westboro areas. For a different dining experience, book a culinary tour through the ByWard Market with C’est Bon Cooking. These walking tours are founded on the belief that one of the best ways to understand a people and its culture is to explore local food markets, experience local specialties and meet with local chefs and food artisans. Participants get to sample tasty dishes and treats—and meet the people who create them—along the way.