Pasta 101 with Chef Patrick of Absinthe

Pasta, Wine, Good Friends and a Great Cause

Sunday, March 26, 2017 from 10am to 2pm at Absinthe

Can you think of a better Sunday brunch than one in which, under the guidance of one of Ottawa’s great chefs and his “lovable” sous chef for the day, you make your own stuffed pasta , then along with some great wine and a lot of new friends sit down and enjoy the fruits of your labour? I cannot think of a better Sunday brunch. AAbsinthend to make the day perfect, all monies raised go to support the many innovative programmes here at the Parkdale Food Centre.



With Absinthe’s chef Owner Partick Garland as your chef and teacher, you and 29 of your new best friends will start the morning off at 10am with coffee/tea and cookies. Nothing like a little sugar and caffeine to get everyone going.  Chef Patrick will lead everyone through a kitchen and cooking orientationottawafoodie2012pastamaker2 session and his sous chef for the day, rock star city councillor Jeff Leiper will be there to help out. We’ll warm up with a simple and universal pasta dough making exercise and then get into the fun part of the day, moving on to pasta rolling and stuffing activities. Here’s where you get to see and hopefully learn the magic of great pasta. We’ll wrap up the kitchen work with how to store and cook the pasta once it’s been made.



And then comes your reward. You get to sit down and enjoy a three course meal which includes the pasta you have just made. You start absintheinside2with Absinthe’s delicious Rosemary Focaccia followed by a  Tortellini Stuffed with Ricotta and Spinach in a Chunky Vegetable and Herb Ragu Romano appetizer and then the main course, Cannelloni Filled with Mushroom, Goat Cheese and Rosemary, Smoked Tomato Coulis Mozzarella. Dessert is Nona’s Tiramisu. And of course, there’s great wine to match the meal.

We hope you will be able to join us. To purchase tickets and reserve your spot, go to our Pasta 101 Page.




Proposed New By-Laws

At our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, the PFC membership will vote on the acceptance of new by-laws for the organization. We suggest you download the proposed new by-laws (pdf document) and read through them.

If you have any questions, please send them to our Board (

PFC Proposed By-Laws April 16, 2016


PFC Board

PFC Coordinator Job Description

If  you are interested in this role, please submit resume and cover letter to us at before end of day Wednesday December 9, 2015

As the PFC Coordinator, you will support the work of the Manager, providing administrative and coordination assistance. You will be responsible for coordinating required activities to ensure smooth and efficient operation of the Centres’ programs, including the emergency food program. This will include volunteer coordination as well as reviewing office procedures and implementation of new ones.

Operations, Logistics & Coordination 

  • Coordinates required activities to ensure smooth and efficient operation of the Centres’ programs, including the emergency food program.This could include but is not limited to:
    • Ordering and ensuring deliveries of food from the Ottawa Food Bank
    • Coordinating the distribution of food
    • Coordinating the logistics required for cooking workshops, or special events and activities (such as Hidden Harvest or Farm Gleaning)

Program Coordination

  • Conduct analyses and oversee administrative operations related to specific Centre programs which may include budgeting, contracting and project planning and management processes

Volunteer Coordination

  • Provide an open, friendly, welcoming and warm environment for all PFC volunteers
  • Coordinates volunteer program, including identifying volunteer requirements, training volunteers, scheduling volunteers, problem solving volunteer issues, supervising volunteers as required

Financial & Fundraising Support

  • Ensures all financial receipts are entered into financial management systems in a timely and efficient manner
  • Coordinates outgoing payments
  • Liaises with Board Treasurer
  • Assists with fundraising efforts, including events or funding proposals


  • Oversees collection and input of all Centre data – including volunteer, client and other. Ensure data is being collected appropriately, efficiently and in a timely manner.
  • Oversees and co-ordinates office administrative procedures and review, evaluate and implement new procedures
  • Assemble data and prepare periodic and special reports, manuals and correspondence
  • Maintains accessible materials outlining Centre procedures, such as a binder of kitchen procedures
  • When asked, records minutes of meetings and distributes minutes appropriately
  • Answers incoming correspondence (phone calls, mail, emails) on the office main line
  • Ensures that the Centre is kept neat and tidy

Specific Qualifications:

  • Require a Secondary School Diploma and a Post-secondary college or university degree is preferred or equivalent experience
  • Proficient in Microsoft Outlook, Excel and Word
  • Familiarity with Google products – Gmail, Docs and Drive is preferred
  • This is a detail-oriented role, requiring patience and perseverance. Strong prioritization, planning and organization skills
  • Ability to work in a confidential environment
  • Availability to work a flexible schedule
  • Must have a valid drivers licence and be approved for driving the PFC Van. Otherwise, access to a car is required.
  • Must be a good communicator. Ability to communicate verbally and in writing experiences, needs, and suggestions.
  • Must have a good understanding of the challenges faced by vulnerable populations and/or those living in poverty and a desire to work with them.

Working Conditions:

  • Part-time work. Minimum of 17 hours per week. Will require more hours during the month of February when the Manager is away.
  • The exact hours of work will be determined in consultation with the Manager
  • Some evening and weekend work may be required.
  • Rate of $16.21/hr
  • The contract will be from January 2016 to December 1, 2016. There is a possibility of renewal at the end of the contract.

Please submit resume and cover letter to us at before end of day Wednesday December 9, 2015.

Our 2015 Summer BBQ & Street Party

We could not have asked for anything better. Great weather, food, all our neighbours and music came together to make this year’s Parkdale Food Centre BBQ and now, street party a success.

A team of volunteers worked tirelessly for  three days to prepare 900 burgers, 100 hot dogs, 20kg of pulled pork, halal chicken, 6 dozen sausages, many bowls of salads and endless plates of condiments. Early in the morning on the day of the BBQ, the team was back again in the kitchen putting everything in order.

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And then there was the team on the street. Tables, chairs, tents and signs all needed to be found and set up for the party. Luckily, we had lots of help that day from our volunteers, neighbours and a few last minute volunteers who were very good at printing.

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If there’s a microphone and a crowd, you know Karen will be there in a flash! At 11am sharp, Karen declared the party on and soon the smell of burgers on the grill, music and children’s laughter filled the street.

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And our neighbours had a great time. There was  a balloon lady who was very popular. Hoola hoops. Music and of course, just time to sit down, chat and enjoy the day.

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Of course, with a BBQ you need a burgers, BBQ and  grill chefs. Our Chair along with, Ben Jolliffe from the Resurrection Church whose congregation sponsored all the condiments and salads and Tom from Hintonburger who’s been at every BBQ event we’ve had stepped in to grill up the burgers. By all accounts, given how few burgers and sausages were left, they did a fantastic job. All the meat was purchased thanks to a very generous donation from PSAC.  And to go with those burgers were pulled pork, salads and condiments.

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We had lots of visitors that day including our neighbours, people just new to area, some very young visitors, local police, the construction workers, the postal woman and whoever else was attracted by the laughter and smells. We estimate that we had 500 people visit us that day.

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Of course, a Parkdale Food Centre BBQ wouldn’t be complete without ice cream and Marlene Haley from the Merry Dairy stepped up with free ice cream which was an instant hit. I’m pretty sure we emptied their ice cream truck in record time. Marlene is another long time support who’s been at every BBQ event we’ve had.

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And to finish the day in style, the Cake Shop provided a beach-themed cake that went so well with the hot day and fun.

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Then the dancing started. And we all know that Karen cannot resist an open mike or a dance floor. And she soon had lots of company.

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And that was our 2015 BBQ and Street Party, the first one at our new location and a tradition that we plan to continue for a long time.

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(Photos by Nancy Mooney, you can find her on Twitter @NancyfromCanada)


February’s Crock Pot Cooking Workshop

We knew Darlene loved to cook and it was well demonstrated on February 20th, 2014 when Darlene Best unleashed her Mexican Fiesta. What better way to cure the cold winter blues with some great Mexican Enchiladas, fresh made Guacamole and Salad? It was the perfect cure.


One thing we are getting very good at here is chopping. And there was lots of it going on. Cilantro, peppers and of course, the avocados.


Darlene started with a well seasoned tomato sauce that included chili, cumin, oregano, coriander and garlic. As the sauce simmered filling the kitchen with a rich aroma, everyone’s appetites quickly increased.


We next focused on the enchilada fillings which were surprisingly simple. Chopped up chicken thighs with the red and jalapeno peppers and some seasoning were fried and set aside as we got ready for the real work.



The real work is stuffing and rolling all those enchiladas. And for the large hungry group (remember that great tomato sauce aroma) that was a lot of enchiladas. Darlene helped set up the production line and then we got right into it.


A team effort soon had the first pan filled and waiting for some more sauce before going into the oven.


After that, it was time for the guacamole which of course involves more chopping, only this time it was avocados. The avocados were no match for the Parkdale Food team.  They were soon chopped, scooped, mashed and seasoned. The lettuce salad followed next.


Just as we finished preparing the guacamole and salad, the enchiladas which had been covered in cheese and baked were ready and taken out of the oven. That delicious smell said it was time to eat.


And eat we did.  Hot enchiladas, fresh guacamole, a light tossed salad and of course, the great Parkdale Food team that helped with the preparation and cooking also helps with the meal.

A big thanks to Darlene Best for a great cooking workshop!