City Bites

NEWS FLASH: Chefs for Japan Fundraising Dinner on March 31

In response to the devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan, the Ottawa Branch of the Canadian Culinary Federation along with many volunteers in the city’s food community have organized a fundraising dinner for Japan disaster relief. Here are the details:

WHEN: Thursday, March 31. Reception and silent auction, 6 p.m.; Dinner & live auction, 7 p.m.

WHERE: The Brookstreet Hotel

TICKETS: $200 with $150 tax receipt (Tables of 10 are $1,800 @

Tickets can be purchased at
For more information, call the Canadian Culinary Federation at 613-913-5907. Proceeds to Care Canada’s Japanese Relief Efforts.


  • Sushi and Carpaccio Smoked salmon, tuna, shrimp, and pickled vegetable, thinly shaved slices of peppered Elk filet
  • Warmth of Suimono Ichiban Dashi with Saikyo yaki Pacific black cod
  • Gyoza Friends Japanese mountain yam and truffled duck confit dumplings, sous vide liquorice ‘kurobuta’ pork belly
  • Re“pair” – Sunomono Land and sea salad with yuzu ginger vinaigrette
  • Kobe Collaboration Shii tree mushroom-dusted Wagyu striploin, rock crab and savoy spherepanko crusted shiso rice miso hollandaise
  • Sweet Rejuvenation Matcha crème brûlée, azuki ice cream Strawberry Daifuku
  • Note: there will be a vegetarian option


  • Cliff Lyness – Executive chef, Brookstreet
  • Kei Sakugawa – Executive sous chef, Brookstreet
  • Russell Weir – Executive chef, Sheraton Ottawa
  • Steven Gugelmeier – Executive chef, Ottawa Marriott
  • Neil Mather – Executive chef, Holiday Inn and Suites Kanata
  • Scott Warrick – Culinary professor, Algonquin College
  • Michael Durrer CCFCC Ottawa president
  • Allen Holtz – CCFCC Ottawa chairman of the board
  • Kenny Hayden CCFCC board member
  • Ahmed Lufti – Executive chef, Royal Danish Embassy
  • Caroline Ishii – Chef/owner, Zen Kitchen
  • Ikou Kanbayashi– Executive chef, Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club
  • Mark Steele -Executive chef, Algonquin College
  • Chef Kashiwazaki – Personal chef, Japanese Ambassador