The Kanata Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for its 11th-annual Food for Thought event on Thursday, Nov. 15.
The food and wine show is also the largest fundraiser for the local food bank, said Rosemary Leu, general manager of the Chamber.
“This event is the single largest fundraising event for the Kanata Food Cupboard,” said Leu. “They absolutely need our help more than ever this year.”
Last year’s Food for Thought event raised more than $6,000.
“If we can beat that this year that would be fantastic,” said Leu.
The Chamber raises the funds through the silent and live auctions – which this year will include a 12-person suite for a Blue Rodeo concert at Scotiabank Place, a chef’s table at Graffiti's Italian Eatery for eight with wine, and much more, said Leu.
“There’s something for everybody. It’s a great way to start Christmas shopping (and) support a great cause,” said Leu.
The Chamber’s Food for Thought is unlike any other event in Ottawa, said Leu.
“We’re not the average food and wine show. It’s one ticket price and everything is included once you’re in the door.”
People can sample from each of the vendors for no additional charge.
“This is an event where you come hungry,” said Leu, adding people shouldn’t eat before arriving. “It’s a fabulous event and an incredibly good price ticket.”
Food for Thought – which will take place at the Holiday Inn & Suites, 101 Kanata Ave. – is not strictly a member event, said Leu, adding it’s open to everyone.
“We’re getting a lot of non-member attention this year,” she said.
Ticket prices for the event are $50 for members and $60 for non-members. Only 300 tickets are being sold for the event.
“They are selling fast, three times faster than last year’s rate,” said Leu.
Food for Thought showcases the work of west-end chefs and will feature a number of new additions this year, including aperitivo and bistrofiftyfour, as well as past favourites the Cheshire Cat Pub, Napolis Café and Lapointe Seafood Grill.
“We’ve got some fantastic new restaurants participating, new ones to the community and new ones to our event,” said Leu, adding the Chamber is delighted to have all its regulars returning.
As well, a number of local and international wineries and breweries will be participating.
“It’s my favourite event of the year,” said Leu. “It’s a showcase for all of our fantastic west-end chefs.”
Graffiti’s and the Holiday Inn & Suites are co-hosts of the event with the Chamber.
“(They) created the event with us 11 years ago,” said Leu.
For more information and to view a video of last year’s event, visit kanatachamber.com.
“It really gives you a good look at the food. It’s amazing the good work our chefs do,” said Leu. “They do an absolutely fantastic job.”