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Ottawa Chefs Offering up Tasty Taco Experimentation at TacoLot

By Adria May on July 18, 2012



Every Sunday until November 4, some of Ottawa’s best chefs will be making their own taco creations to support the Ottawa Food Bank or a charity of the chef’s choice at the TacoLot on Wellington West.

While serving up his own creation last Sunday, Urban Pear owner and head chef Ben Baird told Apartment613 that he likes the simplicity of tacos. However, the preparation of his special wild boar tacos with lime cilantro crème fraiche and organic corn and snap pea salsa was not exactly simple. The boar alone took a week of advanced preparations.

“I cured the boar, then I smoked the boar, then I braised the boar, then I pulled the boar, then I braised it again, and then I added some chipotle maple and then I braised it a third time, “ said Baird.

He described his signature taco as a “whole lotta taste in your mouth”, and the mix of flavours packed a tasty punch.

The tortilla is certainly a blank canvas for chefs’ creations. “You take your base taco and you can do so much with it, “ said TacoLot manager Sam Bissessar. “Pork, chicken, salmon, wild boar or whatever. You have endless kinds of salsas and hot sauces and toppings. It’s always fresh and delicious.”

And spicy, if you add TacoLot’s hot sauce made from fresh chilis right on site. You’ll definitely be looking to swiftly wash your meal down with some Jarritos. “It’s funny how many people smother their food in hot sauce,” joked Bissessar.

TacoLot’s Chef’s Playground series is above all about bringing the community together for a good cause. “Ottawa is a community that is getting really close knit – restaurants, music, and everything,” said Bissessar. “It’s nice to be able to work together with chefs in the community for charity and its fun to get the word out for different restaurants.”

Jamie Stunt from Oz Kafé will be serving up a unique taco surprise this Sunday, July 22 from 1-3 p.m. at the Tacolot (999 Wellington West) as the Chef’s Playground series continues. For more information on TacoLot and the Chef’s Playground, visit TacoLot’s facebook page.