Above: Chef Michael Blackie in action at NeXT. Photo courtesy of NeXT restaurant
Starting this month you can bring your own bottle of wine to NeXT restaurant from Mondays to Wednesdays.
“It’s an incentive to get people out to NeXT. Monday thrrough Wednesdays are softer than Thursday through Fridays. It‘s a marketing investment to get people who know my craft to come on a odd night,” says owner and chef Michael Blackie. Continue reading →
(Above: Kathy and John vanDyk, owners of Covered Bridge Brewing)
Covered Bridge Brewing on Iber Road is celebrating their first anniversary this Saturday with an open house from 12:00pm-4pm.
They’re releasing a one-year anniversary beer called “ONE”, a bourbon barrel aged version of our sweet stout.
They’ll also set up tasting stations featuring samples from a variety of Stittsville and Kanata businesses:
Beer and some Serious Cheese
Beer and Jojo Coco chocolates
Beer and Double-Double cupcakes (courtesy of Wiches Cauldron)
Beer and Double-Double chocolate cake and coffee from Gaia Java
Wiches Cauldron is making us some chili samples too
Customers are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item or cash donation for the Stittsville Food Bank. Anyone who brings in a donation will have their name entered into a draw for some brewery swag.
There’s also a raffle with prizes including:
Paddle + 4 glasses
Gift certificates from Covered Bridge and Wiches Cauldron
Chocolate from JoJo CoCo
Coffee from Gaia Java
Brew Donkey prize pack (shirt, coaster, glass and discount code for two tour tickets.)
Kathleen Edwards, the owner of Quitters on Stittsville Main, is featured in the Toronto Star today.
It’s a chilly mid-November afternoon, and the floor-to-ceiling windows facing out onto the downtrodden historic main street of this small-town-turned-exurb are frosted over with condensation. Inside, though, warmth all around: Small groups cluster under the glow of Edison bulbs, seated on vintage-shop furniture. Edwards is cheery and upbeat, serving top-notch espresso and home-made cookies and muffins, which she’s taken to baking herself.
…Quitters, which opened in September, isn’t so much an ending as a beginning. Edwards needed to push reset, and out here, just a short stretch from where she grew up, she’s done that much. After years of living gig to gig in tour buses and vans, Edwards walks five blocks to the café every morning to bake muffins and get ready for the day.
…One day, she happened on an old, unremarkable box of a building on Stittsville’s main street, with ratty blinds pulled down and moldy insulation tumbling out of the ceiling. “And I could see it. I knew it would be great,” she says. Signing a lease, she gamely hoisted a sledgehammer herself and started ripping apart the old to make way for the new.
… Edwards knew she had to do something different. She circled back home and looked around. Subdivisions and strip malls, commuters and anonymity. For the first time in ages, she had time to think. And what her mind settled on was building something solid, in a community of which she could be part.
… “I’m an excellent barista,” she laughs. “I had to realize: Fame is not acceptance, it doesn’t validate you as a person. It means nothing. You know what means something? Having people from the neighbourhood come in, getting to know them, seeing their families, and hearing them say ‘thank you for giving us a place to go.’ That’s . . . awesome.”
Stittsville’s Hien Hoang (pictured above) is one of the organizers behind a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a new microbrewery in Pakenham. We asked Hoang to tell us about the project.
Cartwright Springs Brewery is a micro brewery opening in Pakenham ON early 2015. The business was the brain child of Andre Rieux who has been home brewing for over 15 years. Rieux had recently bought a 77 acre property in Pakenham, where he discovered a natural spring. He decided to make beer with it and believes his beer has never tasted better.
Rieux had worked in the high tech industry for almost twenty years before being laid off just last year. Armed with a severance package and newly found spring water, he decided to partner up long time friends Eduardo Guerra and myself. We all share a passion for craft beer, and want to start a brewery.
We have laboured with our friends and family and construction of our brewery building is complete; our permits are filed and the brewery equipment is due to arrive soon. Getting to this stage has required a lot of capital expense, and we’ve poured our life savings into this passion and dream.
>But due to unforeseen permit and licensing costs, we are short on funds required to make our retail space and tasting room into the comfortable and inviting space we envision for hosting our customers. So we decided to turn towards crowd funding via Kickstarter with the hopes of raising $12,000 to be able to create a space that will reflect our beer, our craft and our community.
Cartwright Springs Brewery will be the first every brewery to open in Mississippi Mills. Our dream is to launch a community-minded micro brewery, using 100% natural spring water collected from our property, to brew the most amazing beer. And we want to share our fantastic product with everyone!
Here’s an idea that we hope sticks: Kanata South councillor Allan Hubley is working to launch a community sugar bush near Bridlewood, according to the OttawaCommunityNews.
There’s a protected parkland area in Monahan Landing (off Hope Side Road) with 150 sugar maples that could be tapped for fresh maple syrup. The project would be funded through a combination of residential development charges and fundraising. It could open in 2016 or sooner, depending on how much money is raised.
Since opening on Thanksgiving weekend, Quitters has quickly become Stittsville’s biggest tourist attraction, thanks to a celebrity owner (Kathleen Edwards) combined with good coffee and a warm, inviting atmosphere. Here’s a guest post from Katie Shapiro from Kanata. It originally appeared on Apartment 613 and is republished here with her permission.
(By the way, Quitters will be closed from Monday to Wednesday this week due to renovations. They’re replacing those foggy windows at the front.)Continue reading →
Work from Ottawa painter Katherine Jeans is up on the walls at NeXT restaurant.
Jeans says: “I am pleased to present my new collection of art Road Trip – BIG SKIES as part of the new menu launch at NEXT. There are 5 pieces, each are 36″x36″ and are inspired by various road trips. Thank you Michael and Jillian Blackie for showing my work at your restaurant.”
Over the weekend I met up with Paul Meek (pictured above, photo by Barry Gray) the owner of Ottawa-based Harvey & Vern’s soda and Kichesippi Beer. Both companies are manufactured on Campbell Avenue (near Carling and 417), and Meek lives with his family in Granite Ridge. Here are some highlights from our conversation.Continue reading →
Here are some upcoming interesting food events in our area:
Last two weekends for the Kanata Farmers Market at the Van Leuwen Mall (Hazeldean Road). www.kanatafarmersmarket.ca October 18 and 25 are last chance to take advantage of the this small but popular local outdoor market.
Cook for the Cure (breast cancer fundraiser). 7:00-9:00pm Tuesday, October 21. Sample plates, music, entertainment, 50/50 draw at the Royale Kanata Retirement Home www.theroyale.ca. RSVP to Jennifer 613-592-6426 or email Kanata@theroyales.ca by Friday, October 17. Cost only $25.
13th Annual West Ottawa Food and Wine Show. November 13 5:30-9:00pm at the Brookstreet Hotel. Sample plates from over a dozen local chefs and local and international breweries and wineries tickets $60-$75 www.westOttawaBoT.com 613-592-8343.
James says: “Excellent excuse to leave the cars at home and walk in the Village. So the plan now is they have coffee – good coffee – and tea and a few others beverages. Eventually artisanal snacks and then salads lunches etc. It’s on its feet now and will progressively get moving! Good music too – and for me, that’s key to wanting to visit . They’re using Pilot Coffee from Toronto – said they’ve known the roastery for years, loved the coffee and Pilot has helped guide them with Quitters equipment. ”
So great to see @kittythefool get her great new Quitters Coffee open today. She and Rick will rule this venture. Stittsville will love it.
Stittsville seems to be a bit obsessed with Quitters Coffee, the new cafe that Kathleen Edwards is opening on Main Street later this month.
We posted two articles about Quitters on our web site last week which became the top two most-read stories of the week. We think that any excitement about new businesses on Stittsville Main is a good thing, so we’re happy to fuel the obsession in any way that we can.
Earlier today graphic designer Steve St. Pierre posted this on Twitter: