Category Archives: Food & Drink

Deadline for Jo-Jo’s community garden plots is April 20

The deadline to apply for a garden plot at the new Jo-Jo’s Community Garden is Thursday, April 20. You can access an application form here.

Four different sizes are available with a range of fees for the season:

  • 5’x5′ $25
  • 5’x10′ $35
  • 10’x10′ $45
  • 10×20′ $60

For more information about the garden, check out our article from March: Jo-Jo’s Pizza provides land for new community garden.


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LINKED: NeXT chef teams up with visiting colleagues for ‘performance’ dinners

(via Ottawa Citizen)

Ottawa chef Michael Blackie is again indulging his flair for showmanship and love of collaboration.

At his Stittsville restaurant, NeXT, he’ll stage eight events this year that will each feature two out-of-town chefs joining him in the kitchen to prepare elaborate dinners, and each dinner will be preceded by cooking demonstrations from each chef.

The first “three chefs/one dinner” event of this year is to be held Wednesday, April 12. Seven more dinners will be held in 2017, monthly on a Wednesday, except in December.

“We’ve got chefs of all different styles coming,” Blackie says. “The basic premise is get them together and expose Ottawa to chefs that most people might never get to meet or see or taste.”

You can read the full article here…


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EXTINGUISHED: Muraca On Fire food truck closes

(Frank Muraca and his two boys, Giovanni (left) and Dante (right) at the Muraca On Fire food truck in the Rona parking lot on Hazeldean Road. Photo Barry Gray.)

Posted this week on Muraca’s Facebook page:

“The Muraca family would like to inform everyone that we will not be serving our food this year. We definitley are going to miss all our customers, we truly enjoyed the experience of serving so many people. My greatest satisfaction was seeing the boys operating the business on their own and the pleasure we had watching people enjoy our food. As some of you know, we will be shifting our efforts towards the food trailer fabrication. Thanks to everyone.”

Frank Muraca owns the food truck, and the name is inspired by his full time profession as a firefighter.  We profiled Muraca and his sons back in July 2017 on StittsvilleCentral.ca…


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UPDATE: Committee approves re-zoning for farmers’ market

Good news: The City of Ottawa’s Planning Committee unanimously approved re-zoning for Village Square Park that will allow for a farmers’ market to operate starting this June.

Leading up to the meeting, city staff received 15 comments from the public about the re-zoning, with all in favour except for one. That may not sound like a lot of feedback, but it’s actually quite high for a relatively benign zoning change. Continue reading


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Jo-Jo’s Pizza provides land for a new community garden

Here’s another interesting project in the works for Stittsville Main Street: The Kassis family, owners of Jo-Jo’s Pizza, are partnering with a group of local volunteers to help establish a community garden on Stittsville Main Street.

The family will maintain ownership of the property but allow volunteers to build and maintain the the large plot of land behind Jo-Jo’s as a “potager” or “kitchen” garden with clean, geometric lines, and will be known as “Jo-Jo’s Community Garden”.

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NOTEBOOK: Keg restaurant could arrive as soon as November 30

One of the most-visited articles in the StittsvilleCentral.ca archives is about a proposal to build a Keg restaurant on the corner of Hazeldean and Huntmar. And one of the most frequently asked questions received: “When is that Keg finally going in anyways?”

Councillor Shad Qadri provided an answer last night at the Fairwinds Community Association Annual General Meeting. Construction is scheduled to being April 15, with an opening date targeted for November 30 of this year. Continue reading


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NOTEBOOK: New zoning required for farmers’ market at Village Square

Who knew starting up a farmers’ market would be so complicated?

The Ottawa Farmers’ Market — the group that runs the weekly market at Lansdowne Park — wants to bring a weekly market to Stittsville starting this spring. The plan is to bring a Friday market to Village Square Park (corner of Stittsville Main & Abbott) that would run from 12:00pm-6:00pm from June to October.

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New chapter begins at New Queen restaurant

EDITOR’S NOTE: We kept reading rave reviews of what the new owners are cooking up at New Queen restaurant at the corner of Stittsville Main and Hobin.  Writer Rebecca Smart and photographer Barry Gray stopped in to find out.

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For more than 30 years, Sunny Cheung (pictured above) has been working in restaurants, learning to cook traditional Chinese food in their kitchens. Continue reading


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Three places to find a pumpkin near Stittsville

(Pumpkins near Richmond. Photo by Barry Gray.)

A lot of Stittsville families will be heading out to find a pumpkin this weekend. Think about skipping the grocery store this year, and head to a local farm or roadside stand.

Not only is there usually a better selection, but some of them have special activities for kids, like wagon rides, mazes and full-on haunted houses. Here’s a list of a few of the pumpkin places near Stittsville.  (Send us your suggestions at feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca) Continue reading


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Just Shawarma adds another flavour to the Stittsville food scene

(PHOTO: Just Shawarma owner Nedal Atieh (right) says that Bahaa Shakir (left) is the greatest shawarma chef in the city.)

Nedal Atieh says Stittsville residents have been incredibly welcoming since he opened the doors to Just Shawarma on Carp Road a couple of weeks ago.

“The community is very supportive, very friendly.  Especially social media, on Stittsville Neighbours and Stittsville Moms,” he says. Continue reading


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Food, beer, and wine is on the menu at Taste of Stittsville, September 4

Taste of Stittsville September 4

Covered Bridge Brewing will host “A Taste of Stittsville” on September 4 in the parking lot at 119 Iber Road, 11am-4pm.

A selection of local food and drink vendors will be on hand with samples of their products for sale, along with live music and a chance to meet with friends and neighbours from the community. The plan is to start small with the first edition this year, and then expand the event in future years.

Businesses confirmed so far include:

  • Covered Bridge Brewing
  • Little Red Shack BBQ
  • The Grounds Cafe
  • Bonita’s Cantina
  • Jubilani Vineyard & Winery
  • Smokie Ridge Vineyard

Admission is free, with food and drinks on sale from the vendors. You can find more information about the event on Facebook…

Vendors interested in participating should contact Sean Bollard at sean.m.mallard@gmail.com 


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Richmond Bakery sign goes up for auction

(Richmond Bakery circa 2014. Photo via Google Streetview.)

The Richmond Bakery sign has been put up for auction. The owners of Danby’s Roadhouse, who took over the building earlier this year, posted this note to Facebook today:

We are auctioning off the Richmond Bakery sign online in conjunction with the reopening of the Richmond Bakery – Grand opening this Saturday and Sunday August 20 and 21st.  All bids in minimum $10 increments and bids must be on the picture attached to this post on Danbys Roadhouse FaceBook page. Bid starts at $100. All proceeds to the Richmond Food bank. Bidding starts effective August 16, 2016, closing August 21st at 4pm (last bid time stamped at 3:59pm wins). Good luck to all! Continue reading


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Curl up with a book and coffee at Värdera Café and Lounge

(PHOTO: Vardera Cafe is owned by (left to right) George Dion, Ellie Dion and Allan Atwan. Photo by Devyn Barrie.)

Quitters. The Grounds. Gaia Java.

Add one more to that list: Värdera Café and Lounge.

The latest addition to Stittsville’s indie coffee scene is set to open Friday in the Jackson Trails Centre, between Blue Bamboo Yoga and Lucky Dragon. Continue reading


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FOOD TRUCKS: Keeping it cool with Mellow Yellow

(Photo by Devyn Barrie.)

The Stittsville food truck scene already has a good amount of variety. Anne Wilby (pictured above) plans to add a lot more with Mellow Yellow.

Wilby is no stranger to the food business. Growing up with an Italian father and Polish mother, her family was always cooking. In the 1980s, she ran a hospitality training program for at-risk youth in Stittsville. She was also manager of Lousiannie’s on Main Street for 14 years, before it closed and burned down. Continue reading


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Food Bank abuzz about partnership with Gees Bees Honey

(ABOVE: Matthew Gee, Co-Founder of Gees Bees Honey Company, holding up part of a bee hive. Photo by Barry Gray.)

The Ottawa Food Bank unveiled a new beehive on Wednesday at their Community Harvest farming project on Mansfield Road near Stittsville.

Thanks to a grant from JustChange Ottawa, the Gees Bees Honey Company has teamed up with the food bank to install the beehive. The honeybees who call this new hive their home will help pollinate the crops and will also produce honey that Gees Bees will sell to benefit the food bank. Continue reading


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