A 1,000-seat dining table will help Canada celebrate its 150th anniversary
OTTAWA — A 1,000-seat dining table will help Canada celebrate its 150th anniversary.
The Ottawa 2017 Bureau has partnered with restaurateur Stephen Beckta and chef Mike Moffatt (Beckta, Play and Gezellig restaurants) as well as Sheila Whyte of Thyme & Again Catering, to organize Canada’s Table — a 305-metre long dining table that will showcase Canadian food, wine and hospitality.
“The concept of Canada’s Table is something that I had been attempting to do for more than five years and was an important element of the original Ottawa 2017 plan,” said Guy Laflamme, executive director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau.
“When I read through local media that Stephen had the same dream, I knew it was an alliance that was meant to be.”
The open-air dinner takes place on Wellington Street, with 10 of Ottawa’s top chefs joined by 10 other influential chefs from across Canada to stage the four-course dinner, served in the shadow of Canada’s Parliament buildings.
“I am thrilled that Canada’s world-class food, wine and hospitality will be showcased at the epicenter of our country’s 150th anniversary celebrations,” Beckta said.
“It is such an honour to work alongside these talented chefs and partners at this very special venue, to curate Canada’s Table.”
The event is part of a four-day series of culinary events where celebrity chefs from across Canada will be featured in local restaurants.
In addition, they will make a social contribution by sharing their skills with local charity organizations and by offering culinary demonstrations on how to prepare low-cost, healthy family meals using fresh local products.
“We’re excited to share our passion for exceptional food and service with guests at Canada’s Table,” Whyte said.
Canada’s Table is an Ottawa 2017 Signature Event, under the Ignite 150 program.
The dinner is a non-profit event, with many partners donating time or resources.
Proceeds raised from the event will be used to aid local and national food security causes.
Tickets for Canada’s Table will go on sale in the coming weeks. The list of Canadian chefs and ticket prices will be revealed at that time.