Chef’s Table – July 11-13, 2024

July 11 – 13, 2024

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


Chef Leah Marshall Hannon (Stella’s Eatery in Prince Edward County)

Leah Marshall Hannon credits her culinary career to the influence of her great-grandmother, Stella Pamajewon Marshall, who raised her family on the shores of Pickerel River. With only a small isolated general store for supplies, her community foraged, hunted and depended on the abundance mother nature offered. Building on the wisdom passed down by her ancestors from Christian Island, Stella created comfort in the form of food.

The stories and meals shared within her family were on Leah’s mind as she studied in the culinary arts program at George Brown and worked at esteemed Toronto kitchens such as Delux and Midfield Wine Bar. As she honed her technical skills, her roots drew her to the familiar flavours of her childhood, and she endeavoured to learn about foraging, farming, and sustainable foodways.

Located in the area of Waupoos, after the Anishnaabe word Waabooz meaning rabbit, in Prince Edward County, Stella’s Eatery is the realization of Leah’s dream of restaurant ownership: casual fine dining that provides the comfort of a good home-cooked meal, like those made by our grandmothers.

Leah is known for creating dishes that present a playful combination both familiar and surprising. Dedicated to supporting her local foodways, ingredients are sourced locally and sustainably. She is constantly developing new sharing-style menus that are hyper-seasonal. She expertly layers sauces and garnishes that make vegetables the stars of a menu as well as high-quality meats, lake fish, or rabbit. The thoughtfulness behind the ingredients, and the fresh flavours make visiting Stella’s Eatery a new and exciting experience every time.

Chef Kenton Leier (National Arts Center)

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.

 

Menu

Beet cured rainbow trout

sea truffle aioli – puffed wild rice – pickled shallot

compressed cucumber – dill oil – radish sprouts

Juniper crusted duck breast

carrot emulsion – black garlic pinot noir reduction

watercress – crispy sunchokes

Sumac panna cotta

spruce tip meringue crisps

blueberry reduction – hazelnut praline

Downloadable Menu

 

Music: Shawn Tavenier and Kelly Prescott

In music as in sports, there are so-called naturals. And then there is Kelly Prescott, whose fate as a country singer destined for marquee stages around the globe was pretty much sealed in the womb. A third-generation singer-songwriter, Prescott spent her formative years cutting her teeth in the music industry and is no stranger to life in a recording studio or on the road. Over the last few years, Prescott has worked tirelessly to hone her craft, resulting in a sonic evolution and a level of dynamic musicianship that must be experienced to be believed.

Shawn Tavenier is an entertainer who is truly at home on the stage. Based in Ottawa this charismatic singer/songwriter and frontman for roots rock powerhouse Silver Creek is known for his strong presence, powerful voice, and his ability to grab an audience. As a songwriter Tavenier is not afraid to embrace his love of the written word and poetry and blend it with unique but still classic melodies. On a festival stage or in a café, you’ll soon come to know why Shawn is a mainstay in the Ottawa music scene.

Together these two friends and vanguards within the Ottawa Valley music world will bring their combined years of experience to provide you with an unforgettable night of music, stories and songcraft.