The Chef’s Table 2024

World-class Chefs, innovative cuisine, a spectacular setting, reconnecting with friends, and the beauty of a summer evening by the Rideau Canal…


The Chef’s Table is a farm-to-table feast with menus curated by Canadian chefs and musical entertainment. Presented by the Ontario Festival of Small Halls, this year’s series will run for three weekends this summer in collaboration with the National Arts Centre’s Resident Chefs Program.

This multi-weekend event will once again showcase world-class chefs, and great live music, from the patio of the NAC’s 1 Elgin Restaurant, by Ottawa’s gorgeous Rideau Canal. The 2024 Chef’s Table lineup will include some of the region’s most celebrated musical acts and menus curated by Chef Kenton Leier (of the National Arts Centre), along with several of Canada’s finest chefs.

Celebrate a special occasion with a three-course meal from world-class chefs – or just enjoy reconnecting with your closest friends over food, music, and the beauty of a summer night by the Rideau Canal.

Small group bookings accepted; tables of 2, 4, 6, and 8 available (must book entire table).

 


Schedule of Events

July 11 – 13, 2024

Chef Leah Marshall Hannon (Stella’s Eatery in Prince Edward County)
Chef Leah Marshall Hannon is the chef/owner of Stella’s Eatery, in Prince Edward County, where she offers casual fine dining inspired by her grandmother’s home-cooked meals. She is dedicated to using ingredients sourced locally and sustainably to create dishes that present a playful combination both familiar and surprising. 

Chef Kenton Leier (NAC)
Executive chef Kenton Leier brings enthusiasm, passion, and creativity to the kitchens at Canada’s National Arts Centre. 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. 

Music: Shawn Tavenier and Kelly Prescott
Meet Kelly Prescott the heiress to the Canadian country music throne and Shawn Tavenier an Ottawa Valley rock and roll vanguard for a cozy evening of songs, stories and harmony

 

July 18 – 20, 2024

Chef Pascal Ménard (Global Affairs) 
Chef Pascal Ménard is the executive chef for Global Affairs Canada and Rideau Gate. Originally from France, he is a richly experienced and award-winning chef who now creates meals that are exemplary of Canadian quality for the Governor General, Prime Minister, and the foreign dignitaries and diplomats they host here in Ottawa.

Chef Kenton Leier (NAC)
Executive chef Kenton Leier brings enthusiasm, passion, and creativity to the kitchens at Canada’s National Arts Centre. 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. 

Music: Mackenzie & Friends
Mackenzie Di Millo (The Commotions, MACK & BEN, The Rock Steadies), a captivating vocalist and songwriter from Ottawa, enthralls audiences with her blend of jazz, soul, R&B, and folk, enhanced by her vibrant and infectious personality. In this special event series “Mackenzie & Friends,” she teams up with musicians Clayton Connell, Deniz Lim-Sersan, and her multi-talented brother Ben Di Millo, for three melodic and groove-filled evenings in her beloved hometown.

 

July 25 – 27, 2024

Chef Connor McQuay (Executive Sous-Chef, NAC)
Chef Connor McQuay is the executive sous-chef of the National Arts Centre. Having worked in the NAC kitchen early in his career and then expanded his experience in several well-known establishments locally, he is now responsible for the planning and execution of menus for some of Ottawa’s most prestigious events.

Chef Kenton Leier (NAC)
Executive chef Kenton Leier brings enthusiasm, passion, and creativity to the kitchens at Canada’s National Arts Centre. 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. 

Music: Mikhail Laxton and Rebecca Noelle
Emerging from the vibrant musical landscape of Ottawa, the dynamic duo of singer-songwriters, Mikhail Laxton and Rebecca Noelle, ignite stages with their electrifying performances. Their collaborations have garnered high praise from performances at iconic venues like Irene’s Pub and Ottawa Bluesfest, where audiences were captivated by their soulful harmonies and infectious energy.