Chef’s Table – July 18-20, 2024

July 18 – 20, 2024

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

Chef Pascal Ménard (Gloabl Affairs)

Chef Pascal Ménard is the Executive Chef for Global Affairs Canada and Rideau Gate. 

He leads the team responsible for creating exceptional meals that are exemplary of Canadian quality and innovation for the Governor General and Prime Minister, their Canadian colleagues and the foreign dignitaries and diplomats they host here in Ottawa, which have included U.S. Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, the Emperor of Japan and Princess Anne, among many others. 

Originally from France, Chef Ménard made the move to Canada in the mid-90s, and has experience working in several prestigious hotels and restaurants in both countries, including le Baccara (Casino Lac-Leamy, Québec) and Hôtel Roc de Caldes (in Andorra, between France and Spain). 

The years spent honing his craft are evident in Chef Ménard’s ability to create an award-winning culinary experience that is both world-class and the epitome of fine Canadian cuisine. 

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.



Beet and horseradish-cured Nova Scotia salmon


green apple and chive yogurt sauce

Quebec veal tenderloin stuffed with shrimp and herb and mushroom duxelles

sichuan peppercorn jus

roasted Île d’Orléans potatoes and market vegetables

Pistachio praline Saint-Honoré with orange-zested white chocolate mousse

raspberry coulis

Downloadable Menu


Music: Mackenzie & Friends

Hailing from Ottawa, Canada, Mackenzie Di Millo is a musical storyteller whose journey began in the harmonious confines of her childhood home, where she and her brother Ben embarked on a musical journey that laid the foundation for their captivating original project, MACK & BEN. With a powerfully versatile voice that effortlessly traverses jazz, soul, R&B, and folk, Mackenzie’s melodies mix power with precision, vintage vibes with beautiful belts, captivating audiences over and over again. Her soulful timbre graces recordings such as MACK & BEN’s “Underthinkers” EP, The Commotions’ “Volume III”, among others.

Onstage, Mackenzie’s infectious spirit shines through – infusing every performance with joy and authenticity, leaving an indelible mark on all who listen.

Joined by a different extra special “guest” for each evening of this event series, including the renowned Clayton Connell, the amazing Deniz Lim-Sersan, and of course, the phenomenal Ben Di Millo, Mackenzie and Friends will invite listeners on a journey of self-discovery, through a series of songs that have shaped her life and being.