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SOUND SEEKERS: Discussion notes for the first edition of The Wellington Record Club

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Shane Waldron will lead music lovers in discussion at the first edition of The Wellington Record Club. Photo by Miv Fournier.

Music nerds will gather book club-style for the first edition of The Wellington Record Club, taking place in The Wellington Gastropub’s ground-level private White Room on Tuesday, July 3.

That’s when some 18 people will sit around a harvest table and listen intently to the four sides of the vinyl collector’s edition of OK Computer by Radiohead, which features the singles “Karma Police” and “Paranoid Android.”

Drinks and nibbles will be served and once the record is finished playing, organizers offer guests a chance to geek out and discuss the finer points of the British band’s 1997 release.

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MY CITY: Shane Waldron, co-owner of the Wellington Gastropub

Where the affable front-of-house man heads to satisfy his sweet tooth By Shawna Wagman

This story appears in the Summer edition of Ottawa Magazine. Buy the magazine on newsstands or order your online edition.

Carb loading: Waldron’s list of favourite indulgences includes pizza, cake, and croissants. Photography by Miv Fournier.

My new discovery
The Musa pizza at Back Lane Café is fantastic. Best crust. George [Monsour, the owner] is always so welcoming and humble.

My watering hole
The Elmdale [House Tavern] has great live music, and it’s one of the few remaining taverns in the city. I also like The Wood [on Wellington]. Jimmy Lung, the owner, likes to have a bit of a laugh with regulars.

My burger fix
I go for the signature burger at The Hintonburger — cheese, bacon, barbecue sauce, onions, juicy patty, with hand-cut fries. Simple and delicious.

My market 
I like to visit the Carp Farmers’ Market. We go three or four times a year. It has the real old-school feel of a country market. I usually pick up something from The Girl With the Most Cake and cheeses from Back Forty.

Sweet tooth indulgence
We stop for pastries and coffee at Art Is In Bakery on the way to the cottage and always end up buying more treats than we could possibly need. My pick is the chocolate-almond croissant. My wife swears they make the best hot chocolate (with sublime marshmallow) in the city.

Date night spot 
Most nights off are spent at home with the family. The last splurge was a dinner at Beckta, with friends from out of town. Always a treat.

Latest beer obsession?
Cask beer is so good! It undergoes a final fermentation in the cask and is drawn from the keg into the glass with a hand pump, not gas. Serving it at a less cool temperature and with less carbonation means more flavour and less feeling bloated. In addition to the Wellie, you can find it at the Arrow & Loon Pub [in the Glebe] and The Cheshire Cat [in Carp].


CHEW ON THIS: What is Food Day anyway?

It’s Food Day tomorrow, eh Canada?

What’s that? You’ve never heard of Food Day? Apparently neither have some of the restaurants listed as participants on the Food Day website.

What began as one woman’s vision of a nation-wide barbecue to support local farmers during the BSE crisis of 2003 has “evolved into a network of local celebrations, aimed at encouraging people to think about the importance of food and community,” explains culinary activist, educator, and writer Anita Stewart on her website. This year, Stewart says 300 restaurants are set to celebrate Food Day across Canada on June 30.

As far as I can tell it’s a bit like Mother’s Day. Sure, it would be nice if we celebrated our moms every day, but thanks to greeting card companies, flower shops, and women’s magazines, we’re gently reminded to dedicate one particular Sunday each year to celebrating the woman who gave us life. Likewise, Food Day is a day dedicated to eating and celebrating Canadian Food. We may eat food every day — we might even eat Canadian food every day, but Ms. Stewart believes Canadian food deserves a day in the spotlight.

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FOOD BUZZ: Fraser brothers to expand into corner store next to Fraser Café

Photo credit: TrasCanada on Ottawa Foodies

Beckta has one upstairs. The Welly has one downstairs. Soon Fraser Café will open its own private dining room in the convenience store next door. The idea is to be able to accommodate small groups from 20-45 people without having to shut down the restaurant. While the brothers, along with their current kitchen team, will be cooking for diners on both sides of the wall, the idea is to keep the café separate. “We wouldn’t want to affect our current business,” Ross Fraser says. “We don’t want to dilute what we have.”

Fraser Café currently shares a wall with the Maximum Convenience, which will be completely renovated and reborn as Table 40 @ Fraser Café. If all goes according to plan, the opening will take place in April. Ross Fraser says they will only need to knock down a part of the wall to connect the kitchens together, which will have the added benefit of creating more kitchen space for the bustling little restaurant that already experiences “a lot of stress on space,” according to Ross. He hopes the unique scale and cozy look of the place will suit many kinds of private functions — from small weddings and business meetings to birthday parties.

Top Ten Restaurants 2010

Is fine dining dead? The city’s most buzzed-about restaurants are serving up a convivial atmosphere and refined dishes that take local and seasonal cooking to new heights.


In 2007, Frenchman Yannick Anton took over the reins as executive chef of Le Cordon Bleu’s restaurant, Signatures. That same year the CAA/AAA recognized it as a five-diamond restaurant — the highest and most coveted symbol of excellence for fine dining in North America. Just one year later the Sandy Hill crown jewel shut down for what was billed as a mini-facelift. And, like the secretive French woman who returns from her weekend getaway looking decades younger, the acclaimed culinary classroom emerged with little fanfare in November 2009 with new radiance, a new attitude and, judging by the new clientele, fewer wrinkles. It had a newfangled name as well: Le Cordon Bleu Bistro @ Signatures. With its sunny yellow walls, contemporary tableware sans tablecloth, and servers empowered to make wine suggestions as well as small talk, Signatures bid adieu to its seven-course marathon meal; its dark, sombre dining room; its sommelier and 40-page wine list; and the decadent white-glove and silver-bell service. Gone is the $45 main course, and in its place, there’s a three-course prix fixe lunch menu for $25.

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