Skip To Content
Scott Denyer, Dominion City's head brewer. Photo by Blair Gable.

Here comes the grain again: Top chefs and Dominion City Brewing Co. team up to benefit FarmWorks

By Jordan Duff on October 30, 2017

Makin’ It Grain is the all-star game of Ottawa’s culinary scene. A five-course masterpiece of 613 gastro delight all served a single evening. Now in its 3rd year, this local fundraiser has hit its stride. Dominion City co-owner and event founder Josh McJannett provides us with the charitable dinner’s history and future.

The concept started with a few friends discussing our fair city’s edible riches over drinks. “There is so much gastronomic talent here in Ottawa and maybe because of our size, there’s this tremendous pool of goodwill and collaboration between restaurants, farmers, butchers, bakeries, breweries, artists and more,” says McJannett. “Maybe in a bigger city it would be easier to keep to your own, but here there’s always been this great tradition of bringing people together around good causes. We hatched an idea to transform our production brewery into the city’s best restaurant for one night, bringing together the most talented chefs we could find to host a harvest themed beer-pairing dinner to benefit FarmWorks.”

The idea has become a very successful endeavor. Makin’ It Grain has raised more than $10,000 over the past two events. The third promises to be an ever better event.

It's that time of year again friends! Just a heads up, tickets go FAST! Ticket link in bio. . . Makin' It Grain is a pop-up, five course beer pairing dinner smashing together local food and artisanal beer featuring the city's top gastronomic talent. Proceeds support FarmWorks, a social enterprise by Operation Come Home teaching at-risk youth horticulture and business skills at the heart of the local food movement. . . Join us as we transform our production brewery into the city's best restaurant for one night only. . It's the greatest night for $85! . Vegetarian main available upon request at time of ticket purchase. . Makin' It Grain features beer pairings from Dominion City and food by: . Chef Katie Ardington 24 Sussex . Chef Stephen La Salle Andaz Ottawa Byward Market . Chef Jesse Brett Bell The Albion Rooms . David Wallace Around the Block Butcher Shop . Holly Laham Holland's Cake and Shake . Chef Phil Denny The Belmont . @thesklasalle @ardington_k @jesse_brett_bell @atbbutchershop @hollandscake @belmontottawa

A post shared by Dominion City Brewing Co. (@dominioncity) on

This year’s dinner will be hosted at Dominion City brewery. There is no greater thrill than enjoying the best of the local food and drink within the space where they are produced. The hundred-seat sit down dinner, nestled between tanks and fermentors, will properly introduce the diners to the magic of Beacon Hill’s favourite brewery.

The fundraising event, run by volunteering staff, will feature an English style dinner centered around beef raised on Dominion City Brewing spent grains. As Josh taste-fully puts it, “we like to think of it as beer drinkers feeding cows feeding beer drinkers.” Circle of life.

The line up presenting this year’s dinner includes: Chef Katie Ardington of 24 Sussex, Chef Stephen La Salle of Andaz Ottawa Byward Market, Chef Jesse Brett Bell of The Albion Rooms, David Wallace of Around the Block Butcher Shop, Holly Laham of Holland’s Cake and Shake, Chef Phil Denny of The Belmont and Scott Denyer of Dominion City Brewing.

Each carefully prepared course will be paired with a DCBC brew, including Heart City Hopfenweisse, brewed specially for the event and as an homage to the city we all love. It’s a great evening of supporting local business supporting local charity.


Makin’ It Grain takes place for the third year on November 2 at 6:30pm at Dominion City Brewing Co. (#15-5510 Canotek Road, Ottawa). Tickets are available online for $85. Vegetarian main available upon request at time of ticket purchase.