Canadian Eats winners announced in the Glebe
Sydney Bubis had no idea a trip to the Glebe would lead to a free dinner worth $1,000.
But that’s what happened when he showed up to 107 Fourth Avenue Wine Bar with eight friends in late June. After filling out a ballot for the Glebe’s Canadian Eats contest, Bubis’ name was pulled as the grand-prize winner for a free dinner for eight anywhere in the Glebe. Naturally, the soon-to-be Ottawa resident chose to return to the wine bar to treat those same friends to a free meal.
“I was at the wine bar with a group of eight for our friend’s birthday, it was our one entry for the contest and here we are,” says Bubis. “We get together a couple times a year for dinner. I have never actually won a contest before, so this is a nice change.”
Hannah Stewart has also won a dinner for four at a restaurant of her choice in the Glebe and Bethany Sutton has won dinner for two at a restaurant of her choosing.
“We eat a lot, and we eat a lot in the Glebe,” added Sutton, who submitted her winning ballot at Kettleman’s Bagels. “We live in the Glebe and we love the restaurants here and we are so happy to win.”
Sutton and her family have lived in the Glebe for 20 years and have seen the neighbourhood’s restaurant scene balloon into a diner’s paradise with the opening of several new restaurants, hip cafes and food shops. She’s not quite sure where she will go for her free meal, but she’s been considering her options.
“We are pretty tempted by the new Italian restaurant Orto, we are pretty tempted by one we have heard a lot of good things about for probably over 20 years, La Strada and we are pretty tempted by all the ones we love going to, like Fourth Avenue Wine Bar and the Rowan and Taj Mahal, and Kettleman’s always has delicious bagels.”
Canadian Eats is the Glebe’s signature food celebration that showcases our national cuisine leading up to Canada Day. The promotion began last year to celebrate Canada 150 during Ottawa 2017, and to start a larger conversation about Canada’s under-explored food scene. Our collective Canadian Eats menu featured nearly 40 Canadian-inspired dishes created by our many talented Glebe chefs. The addition of a contest generated even greater interest and engagement in the Glebe’s food scene.
“Canadian Eats is a great canvas for our talented chefs and food purveyors to showcase their culinary skills,” says Glebe Business Improvement Area Executive Director Andrew Peck. “At the same time, the promotion sparked a dialogue around how ingredients and life in our country has helped shape what we eat.”
We would like to congratulate all our winners and thank the nearly 40 eateries who made Canadian Eats possible.