There is truly something magical about enjoying a meal composed of ingredients harvested just a few metres from your table. The second FLUX dinner, held Monday, July 21 at Rideau Pines Farm in North Gower, just south of Ottawa, was not only a delicious showcase of hyper-local food, it was also a pretty awesome party, with freshly-sawed planks for platters, live music, plentiful drinks, perfect weather, post-dinner ‘smores by the campfire and obliging fireflies rounding out the evening.
You may recall that I was quite impressed with the first FLUX dinner, held in June at Mariposa Farm, east of the city. The brainchild of wonderchef Danny Mongeon, known for his culinary wizardry at Hooch Bourbon House, FLUX is a travelling dinner club of sorts, featuring inventive collaborations involving some of Ottawa’s finest young chefs, including Kyle Mortimer-Proulx of Lowertown Brewery, Stephen LaSalle of The Albion Rooms, The Courtyard Restaurant’s Ian Reed, Ian Carswell of K-W Catering (National Gallery), and Hooch’s Adam Bannerman. Once again, generous suppliers stepped up to help with the event, including The Grange Winery, Jim Beam and Beau’s Brewery. It was a fundraiser for the important work being done by Operation Come Home, for whom the night raised $3000. In addition, all kitchen and service staff volunteered to work at the event.
The next FLUX dinner will take place at The Grange Winery in Prince Edward County on August 4, 2014. It will be an intimate affair with just 20 tickets up for grabs. You won’t want to miss it, so watch Facebook for details, coming soon.
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