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2018 chef participants from L to R: Katie Ardington, Tanya Lennstrom, Natali Harea, Holly Laham, Patricia Larkin, Kat Ferries, Anna March, West de Castro.

Top chefs cook together to support Minwaashin Lodge on March 6

By Sonya Gankina on March 2, 2022

Walleye ceviche, salmon tiradito, mushroom and ramp barigoule, Basque cake… Mmm. What better way to celebrate International Women’s Day in style than with amazing fine dining creations by local women chefs, plus all funds raised go to a local charity! Pre-order here for March 6.

This extraordinary chef-led event was created by renowned and socially progressive Chef West De Castro of Clover Restaurant in 2017. Before the pandemic, West hosted a Women in Industry event as an annual sit-down dinner; a collaboration among local women chefs. Their very first dinner service donated funds to Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa, which “works with young and adult women who have been or may become criminalized, to reduce harm and oppression.” Although Clover closed its doors in 2019, Chef West’s legacy lives on through the Women in Industry dinner to this day, with funds going to local organizations that help women every year.

In 2018, Chef West invited Kathryn Ferries, the award-winning chef de cuisine of Stofa Restaurant, to join the roster and Ferries has stayed onboard ever since. Their 2020 event had to be postponed and then ultimately cancelled due to COVID restrictions and lockdowns, but, after some thought and consideration, the chefs regrouped and organized a take-home style dinner for their 2021 iteration. Last year’s event featured 10 local chefs and bartenders—all businesses owned or led by women—and raised more than $10,000 for Immigrant Women Services Ottawa (IWSO). Chef Ferries says they were fortunate to sell out last year and are hoping to be able to do the same in 2022.

 

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This year’s event hosts six local chefs, a bartender, and a sommelier, all of whom identify as women. Chef Ferries shares with us the beneficiary organization of 2022: “This year’s charity of choice puts a spotlight on Minwaashin Lodge Indigenous Women Support Centre. Women face many barriers in life, and having a charity tailored to certain needs can be very effective in helping the community support and heal. Minwaashin Lodge has been offering services and support in the Ottawa area for over 25 years and has been integral to helping the Indigenous community heal and grow from the systemic trauma of the past and present.”

Women face many barriers in life, and having a charity tailored to certain needs can be very effective in helping the community support and heal.

Local chefs are invited to participate each year. This year’s chef lineup includes:

Chef Daniela Manrique Lucca shares with us her inspiration for joining this year’s event: “I chose to be involved this year on this very special event because I believe there is nothing more powerful than women helping, supporting, and empowering other women in need.” Amen to that! You can preview this year’s menu below:

Tasting Menu. Photo provided.

This extraordinary take-home menu is on offer this Sunday, March 6, 2022, with pickups arranged at Stofa Restaurant (1356 Wellingston St. W). You choose the pick-up time when you purchase the meal. The complete menu is $175+HST, with 100 per cent of the proceeds benefiting Minwaashin Lodge.

This year’s offer is a tasting menu, take-home dinner for two. Some dishes are ready as-is while others come with simple reheating instructions for customers to finish and enjoy at their own pace, at home or with friends. All the chefs involved either own or run the businesses they represent, pushing forward women in the hospitality industry—because representation matters.


You can pre-order this year’s International Women’s Day take-home meal here.

 

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