August 25-28, 2022
The 2022 Chef’s Table Series partners with the National Arts Centre to present an outdoor dining experience on a terrace in the heart of the city, with live music performed on a unique floating stage on the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO world heritage site.
Chefs Minette Lotz & Stacy Johnston
Chef Minette Lotz’s passion is for terroir driven and locally sourced ingredients. An avid forager, Minette finds her inspiration from exploring her surroundings and discovering new flavour combinations. A firm believer in what grows together, goes together, Minette creates dishes that are true to the exact time, place, and season they are created in.
Chef Stacy Johnston believes that the ingredients make the dish. Growing up on her grandparents’ homestead ingrained in Stacy a deep appreciation for excellent farming practices. Focusing on her food system ‘from the ground up’, Stacy strives to create food that tells the story of the ingredients, their farmers, and the season.
In 2013, Minette and Stacy met in the kitchen. Their combined passion saw them cooking across western Canada, including working with Oceanwise and opening farm-to-table restaurants.
In 2020, Minette and Stacy helped open the Naramata Inn, a terroir driven dining experience in the heart of BC’s Okanagan Valley.
Chef Kenton Leier (National Arts Centre)
Executive Chef Kenton Leier brings enthusiasm, passion, and creativity to the kitchens at Canada’s National Arts Center.
He is a second-generation chef, born and raised in Saskatoon, in the heart of the prairies. His culinary philosophy relies on the use of sustainable and locally sourced ingredients of the highest quality and letting their inherent qualities stand out in his dishes.
Chef Leier led teams in Ottawa’s finest hotel kitchens before moving to the NAC in 2017. He has cooked for celebrities, politicians and dignitaries, won numerous medals nationally and internationally and taught young cooks at Ottawa’s Algonquin College.
He is committed to promoting growth and excellence in his team at the NAC and leads them in their mission to represent the best in Canadian cuisine.
Acorn Creek Garden Farm tomatoes – Niagara orchard peach –
basil oil – honey vinaigrette – torn herbs – blue cheese crema
Manitoulin Island rainbow trout
Confit new potatoes – smoked bacon – garlic scapes – herbed emulsion – Juniper Farm frisée
Vegetarian – Ontario corn escaoutoun
Creamed corn – shallot jam – summer beans – hazelnut
Berries & cream
Incredible Ontario berries – cultured panna cotta – meringue – sumac
Music: Amanda Rheaume
Amanda Rheaume’s rootsy, guitar-driven ballads introduce crucial dimensions to the world of Heartland Rock. In a genre characterized by anthems of underdogs, assumptions and unfair advantages, Rheaume’s sound and story crucially and radically expand the boundaries, geographic and cultural, to make space for new perspectives on resistance and resilience. A Citizen of the Métis Nation, and an active and proud member of the 2SLGBTQ+ community, Rheaume’s music is indeed from the heart, and the land.
First a songwriter, Rheaume comes from a long line of tireless, transformational organizers and activists, and carries this lineage forward in her ever-growing role as a crucial builder of Indigenous music infrastructure and community. From the International Indigenous Music Summit, to newly-founded Ishkode Records, and the National Indigenous Music Office, the goal of raising Indigenous sovereignty in the music industry drives all of Rheaume’s work.
Rheaume (she/her) has released 5 full-length albums over a period of 15 years, a self-managed career that has traveled countless tours and milestones. 2013’s Keep a Fire was nominated for a JUNO Award and won a Canadian Folk Music Award for Indigenous Songwriter of the Year.
With a new single “100 Years,” a driving, surging Copperhead Road-esque journey through a wilfully, harmfully misrepresented chapter in a violent colonial timeline, Rheaume makes a powerful statement about history and identity.