Judging by the full roster of events, 2012 is starting off on a foodie-tastic high. All I need is a sponsor to cover the cost of tickets and I'd be all set ...
Taste in the Glebe (January 19, Glebe Community Centre, 5:30-8 pm, $45) 24 restaurants from this tony neighbourhood, along with 11 vintners, all assembled in the venerable Scotton Hall for your perusal.
Grand opening of Mill Street Brew Pub Ottawa (January 27, open to the public at 8 pm) Nestled in the refurbished mill between Lebreton Flats and Portage Bridge, the pub will feature its freshly brewed Portage Ale, made especially for us Ottawa folks.
Taste of Winterlude, starting January 27 and running throughout Ottawa's famous winter festival, at various locations throughout the city. Culinary walkabouts, snowshoeing through the Gatineaus with Chez Edgar, a Murray Street 5-course dinner in the Vanier Museopark sugar shack ... there's plenty to choose from. Better hurry - some of the events are already sold out.
Savvy Company has a bunch of exciting classes and events coming up, but I'm especially keen on the Winemakers' Brunch (February 5, National Arts Centre, $85). Chef Michael Blackie is dishing out some scrumptious vittles to go with wines from Niagara and Prince Edward County. Expect to see the usual suspects there with their latest releases, along with newcomers to the wine scene.
Taste Ontario! (February 6, National Art Gallery, 6:30-9 pm, $55) Thirty-four winemakers pouring over 100 different wines. If this is as good as last year's tasting event, you'll definitely want to be there!
There's also Celebrity Chefs to look forward to (March 25, National Arts Centre, $85 - $135), featuring Toronto's Susur Lee. Live cooking demos from 12 to 5 pm, followed by a tasting reception and private after-party with the chefs.
Look for more calendar highlights to come ...