Posts Tagged ‘Atelier Restaurant’

Winterlude glitters with Food & Fashion

Posted by Debbie

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Get ready to kick off the beginning of Winterlude on Friday, February 1st at the Ottawa Convention Centre with a special event presented by American Express.  A Whirlwind of Taste & Style is an evening of delicious dining & fantastic fashion by Canadian stars –  chef Marc Lépine, owner of Atelier Restaurant and designer Lucian Matis.

Tickets are $165 per person
Includes a 5 course meal including wine from Château des Charmes Winery of Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Click here to order your tickets >>
or call on 613-599-FANS (3267)

 A 5 course meal you’ll never forget!

Your taste buds will be tantalized with a unique menu created by Ottawa’s renown award winning chef Marc Lépine, owner of Atelier Restaurant  who impressed the industry with his 2012 Canadian Culinary Championships win.  Marc has created this five-course menu to tantalize your taste buds!

The Catwalk
Togarashi-dusted tuna with nitro-smashed pomelo, gelled and raw beets, toasted hazelnut maltoclump, and atomized lemon

Berkshirepork belly cooked 36 hours sous-vide with root vegetable glass shards and shaved Perigord truffles

Yellow Snow
Coconut granite with golden pineapple syrup

Black trumpet mushroom crusted beef striploin with black garlic mayo, puffed wild rice, and vegetable coals

Winter solstice
White chocolate ganache rocks with tonka bean marshmallow and microwaved sponge cake, dehydrated lychee meringue crumbs, and menthol cotton candy


Be ready to be WOWed!

If you have not already been to Marc’s highly acclaimed Atelier Restaurant, then this evening will give you the opportunity you have been waiting for to experience his unique creations using molecular cuisine.   Marc has certainly WOWed many already with these accolades:

– named ‘Ottawa Chef of the Year’ by the Canadian Culinary Federation – twice!

– named one of Canada’s best new restaurants 2009 by Air Canada’s enRoute magazine

– named Canada’s 5th best restaurant for 2012 on the inaugural top 50 restaurants list

– won gold at the annual Gold Medal Plates competition in Ottawa for 2011

– won gold at the Canadian Culinary Championships in Kelowna in February 2012…the only chef from Ontario ever to do so

– won the 2012 International Shellfish Festival black box competition in PEI of 10 invited chefs from around the world


A star studded fashion show

During dessert you will have a feast for the eyes on the fashion run way!  Highly acclaimed Canadian designer Lucian Matis will shine the spotlight on his stunning 2012–2013 Black Label collection.

Lucian’s collections have graced the pages & covers of numerous publications including:

Already in his 10 year career, Lucian has received impressive industry awards including: The Fur Council of Canada Award (2002), Le Chateau’s Menswear Competition (2002), Peoples Choice Award for Best Sketch (2002), Semi-finalist for the International Young Designer Competition (2002) and Alfred Sung Award for great design talent (2003).

Tickets for this evening of Canadian food & fashion are selling fast!

$165 per person – Includes a 5 course meal including wine from Château des Charmes Winery of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Click here to order your tickets >> or call on 613-599-FANS (3267)



Un tourbillon de saveurs et de styles!

Soirée gastronomie et mode du lancement du Bal de Neige avec American Express
Le vendredi 1er février au Centre de congrès d’Ottawa

Ne manquez pas cet évènement!

Le chef étoile  Marc Lépine, propriétaire du restaurant Atelier d’Ottawa, sacré meilleur chef lors du Championnat culinaire canadien 2012, signera un menu cinq services à vous dégeler les papilles! Au dessert, le designer torontois Lucian Matis vous emmènera hors des sentiers battus avec sa collection Black Label 2012–2013.

Un menu inoubliable

La passerelle
Thon saupoudré de Togarashi, pomélo nitrotransformé, betteraves crues et gélifiées, noisettes rôties maltoagglomérée et citron pulvérisé

Bedaine de porc Berkshire cuite 36 heures sous vide, légumes racines en tessons de verre et copeaux de truffes du Périgord

Neige jaune
Granité à la noix de coco et sirop d’ananas doré

Dans le noir
Contre-filet de boeuf en croûte de champignons trompettes noires, mayo à l’ail noir, riz sauvage soufflé et charbons de légumes

Solstice d’hiver
Cailloux de ganache au chocolat blanc, guimauve à la fève tonka et gâteau éponge au four à micro-ondes, chapelure de meringue au litchi déshydraté et barbe à papa mentholée
165$ par personne

Inclus un souper 5 services avec vin de Château des Charmes.



Dear Debbie…Answering your questions about wine

Posted by Debbie

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Corks were continuously popping last week with non-stop celebrations on all around Ottawa.  Restaurant birthdays (congrats Atelier on 4 years!), Savvy Company marked 10 years in business, Unquenchable, the book by Ottawa writer Natalie MacLean was honoured at the Taste Canada Food Writing Awards and the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival had record breaking attendance and back-to-back delicious events!

Throughout the week, I was asked many interesting questions that I am sharing with you in a ‘Dear Abby’ style.  Send me your wine related questions to and I will publish them in this column.

Don’t be shy!


Dear Debbie….
What wines did you discover at the Ottawa Food and Wine Festival?

From Wanna a Wine Tip


Dear Wanna a Wine Tip,

I went on Sunday (tip – no crowds or line up then) and was on the hunt for wines I have heard of, but never actually tried.  Some highlights:

Yellow Tail Pink Bubbles (Australia) – crisp, dry, pretty in the glass. I can see why this sparkling rosé won a medal.

Stanner Vineyard Chardonnay (Prince Edward County) – O.M.G… Delicious!  Truth be told, I went back to their booth several times for a top up of this beautifully crafted oaky wine that reminded me of Cracker Jack – caramel crunch popcorn.  Decadent. I even posed for the Style Magazine cameras with a bottle of it in my hand (and Savvy Cheese Sommelier Vanessa was at the photo shoot with a round of Québec cheese!)

Lailey Vineyard Cabernet-Merlot (Niagara) – Only available at restaurants – all the more reason for a night out.  Promise me that you’ll look for it (or request it!) – it’s the only way you will get another chance to enjoy this big, bold & smooth red wine from Niagara.

PS – my favorite food discovery…chocolate cheese made by renowned Chef Clark Day fromKingston.  Now I have yet another reason for quick trip to K-town!


Dear Debbie…
Lots of winemakers were talking about 2012 being the best harvest ever.  When will the wines be ready to buy?

From Ready to Shop

Dear Ready to Shop,
I too have heard the same thing about this year’s stellar harvest. Now with all of the grapes picked (except for icewine as it has not been cold enough), the juice is fermenting in stainless steel tanks in the winery cellars.  White wines are usually ready to be bottled and sold the following spring – watch for white wines in April and May 2013.  Red wines typically need more time.  Usually, reds are released in the summer/fall or the following year. My tip, when you see a Canadian wine with 2012 on the label, stock up quick.  It’ll be a sure bet – I’ll put my money on it!


Dear Debbie…
I’m confused.  I saw many labels with the word Meritage – what is it?

From Label Looker

Dear Label Looker,

Ever had a Bordeauxwine from France?  Meritage is the same thing (but not from France) – a blend of any proportion of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grapes to make a medium to full bodied red wine.  The word Meritage (pronounced to rhyme with Heritage) is the term the wine industry outside ofFrance established to refer to the same blend of grapes as used to make Bordeaux wines.  Like Champagne, wineries from the renowned Bordeaux region of France will put Bordeaux on their label.  The rest of the wine world uses ‘Meritage’.  Hope this isn’t too confusing!

Dear Debbie…
When a wine goes on sale, is the wine still OK?

From Dollars and Cents

Dear Dollars and Cents,

You may have noticed that wines don’t often go ‘on sale’. When they do, it is usually because the winery has remaining inventory and they want to move it to make room for the next vintage that is ready to be enjoyed.  Certainly the discounted wine is fine to drink. In fact, it is usually at its prime, so it is a good idea to stock up and drink up!  In the wine world, wine on sale is called ‘Bin Ends’.  If you are looking for a good deal on wine, Savvy Bin Ends has a different Ontario wine ‘on sale’ every 2 weeks. Check it out OR email me on to be the first to get the inside scoop on deals and discounts.