Petit Bill’s Tutored Whiskey Tasting & Food Pairing

In January, Petit Bill’s hosted a Tutored Whiskey Tasting and Food Paring evening, featuring a great selection of whiskies and bourbons from Beam Global along with an excellent five course dinner prepared by Petit Bill’s chef Glen Sansome and this team. Petit Bill’s has hosted similar events in the past, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Parkdale Food Centre. In fact, last year’s Bourbon evening raised money for us and this year was an even more successful repeat performance.


It was a sold out event and I counted myself lucky to have gotten a ticket. The warmth of the packed restaurant contrasted with the rather cold January evening. 48 guests were welcomed by co-owner Randy Fitzpatrick and we kicked off the evening with an awe-inspiring barrel-aged maple/bacon Manhattan. We even walked away with the rather simple recipe for creating your own bacon-infused whiskey.  Any recipe that starts with a pound of bacon is guaranteed to end well!


We settled at our tables and I joined a group of guys who were veterans of the whiskey/bourbon tasting crowd, having already logged one trip to Kentucky to tour the various bourbon distilleries. Laid out before us were the five whiskeys we would be tasting throughout the evening.


Matt Jones, a cocktail mixologist from Maker’s Mark, was our guide for the evening, introducing us to the history and pedigree of the whiskeys as well as many great stories about the industry and its personalities.

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Then it was time to eat. Chef Sansome delivered a delicious and varied set of courses that perfectly complimented the whiskey – or was it the other way round? Imagine seared sea scallop with sour cherry, bacon and barley fricassee. Or how about house-smoked salmon rillette, grilled pork tenderloin medallions with orange-cranberry marmalade and Owensboro Kentucky BBQ lamb? And of course, there was dessert – a honey-crisp tarte tatin with homemade praline ice cream. Each course coupled with its own whiskey – a decadent evening.


The evening ended on an especially high note. Beam Global donated two gift baskets, a bottle of Maker’s Mark 46 with glasses, and a bottle of Devil’s Cut along with a mini aging barrel to make your own maple/bacon whiskey. Both baskets were raffled off and here are the two lucky winners.

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Speaking of winners, the proceeds of the raffle went to the Parkdale Food Centre and Karen readily accepted a cheque of $845 from Randy and Terry of Petit Bill’s. A big thanks to them and their efforts!

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Thanks to Petit Bill’s for the great photographs!

Flavours of Ottawa — Great Food, Great Fundraiser for PFC!

Ottawa foodies will not want to miss the Flavours of Ottawa: Westboro Easter Food Market on Saturday, April 12th. Taking place from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at St George’s Parish Hall, eighteen local artisan food vendors will be selling their delicious goods at this Easter Market and raising funds for the Parkdale Food Centre at the same time. This event is generously sponsored by Diane & Jen, Kitchenalia and Givopoly.

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To learn more, visit the Ottawa Specialty Food Association’s website.

The HPH: Committed to our Community

Summer Baird, the owner of the Hintonburg Public House, comes by almost weekly to donate…and how do we count the ways….

  • toiletries
  • laundry soap
  • warm clothing
  • non-perishable food
  • meat
  • cash – lots and lots of sash!

The HPH is a glowing example of Community Social Responsibility.  They give because they care, because they feel morally committed to helping their neighbours.  They care with flair!  Nearly every week in November and December they collected specific items, engaging their customers in the process and encouraging the discussion about need in their neighbourhood.  A highly successful raffle and party, of course, capped off weeks of giving.  Next up?  A TWEET UP with a green theme… You don’t want to miss this!

Visit the HPH website to keep tabs on their upcoming events.

There’s one place to head if you need to buy amazing local beer served from a gang who cares- Beyond the Pale!

To celebrate the end of their first year in business, Beyond the Pale decided to host a party at Orange Gallery, asking for donations to the PFC as a feel-good (and giving back) way of celebrating.

They put the word out on social media and SO many people showed up.

When Karen stopped by to pick up a cheque from BTP co-founder Rob McIsaac and discovered the amount — $1000! – she couldn’t contain herself and just had to plant a kiss on his cheek!  We absolutely adore the partnership we have with BTP and their commitment to our community. In addition to helping us raise funds, they also share the spoils of some of their brewing processes with our clients, delivering naked grapefruit — they use the rind for their delicious Pink Fuzz beer, and save the grapefruits themselves for the PFC.  We wish Beyond the Pale many, many more successful years of brewing — their fun-loving company bordering the Parkdale market is a model for others and a great part of our community!

This workplace doesn’t need any special motivation – they take action at The Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP) & Elections office!

One of our wonderful volunteers, Catherine Cox, who is a part of our Tuesday shift, surprised us recently with a huge haul of food donated by her colleagues at the City of Ottawa’s ATIP & Elections office.  When asked how she motivated her colleagues to collect so much for us she told us: “Actually, I didn’t have to motive one bit! All I have to do is tell my colleagues about some of the people that come in to get food; the looks on their faces; the need.  People in this city are actually hungry.  I tell them about how a box of Kleenex is a luxury item.  I have never actually asked them for anything — they just care.”  The Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP) & Elections office is located off site from City Hall, and is a legislated unit dealing with confidential privacy issues.  Staff decided that their goal this Christmas was to fill Catherine’s SUV with food for the PFC.

Catherine is very proud of her colleagues explaining “Over the past year, my SUV has been filled to the brim with food, clothes, and children’s books.  If I happen to mention we ran out of sugar last night at the food bank, the next day my office floor is covered with bags of sugar.   This is an office that just keeps on giving no matter what the season.”  Thanks to Catherine for being one of our great volunteers and inspiring others!

MediaMiser CEO Brett Serjeantson leads his company into some great fundraising initiatives for the Parkdale Food Centre

CEO Brett Serjeantson presenting Karen with $415 cheque

Brett Serjeantson, CEO of MediaMiser and a dedicated Board member of the Parkdale Food Centre, has motivated his company to think of several ways to contribute to the Parkdale Food Centre. From 10 years worth of Christmas food drive to this year has seen some other amazing initiatives. In September, they held a donation campaign for hygiene products. This included toothpaste, toiletries, toilet paper, soap, and 150 toothbrushes! At Thanksgiving they raised $360 for the Good Food Box initiative – enough for 3 families to receive a box of fresh produce once a month for a year.

Gift basket winners Tiffany Bleackley, left, and Hannah Cameron along with Karen.

Finally they held a Christmas Raffle for two gift baskets – nicknamed the ‘Games and Glamour’ Pack and the ‘Mill Street Game Night’ Pack – raising $415 for the Parkdale Food Centre’s nutrition / dairy program! When asked what partnering with the PFC means to their company, they explained “The ongoing relationship with the Parkdale Food Centre has made the staff at MediaMiser feel like part of the Hintonburg / Mechanicsville community, whether they live here or not. We are really pleased to be able to partner with such a passionate and important organization.”

Thanks MediaMiser for being a wonderful Community Partner!

Thyme & Again’s secret ingredient is Heart.

Kaitlyn Meilleur and Samantha Parrot serve up kindness as part of Thyme & Again's Caring Tuesday in support of the Parkdale Food Centre.

It’s hard to know how to explain the many ways Thyme & Again helps us out throughout the year.  Our clients love being greeted by a slice of one of their amazing desserts.  We appreciate tremendously them placing one of our special donation bottles on their front cash.  They recently held a Caring Tuesday event for us where a portion of sales was given to us as a donation.  When we tweet we are short on a particular item, they find a way to get us some.  Today for our second Christmas baking workshop with our clients, they are donating all the ingredients.  They are truly always coming up with new ways to help us help others.

Who in our neighbourhood can resist Scouts armed with hot chocolate?

On a wintry day last Saturday, December 7th , the 24th and 32nd Scout Groups took to Wellington Street. They were manning hot chocolate stations in front of the Harvest Loaf and Hintonburger and asking for donations for each cup of hot chocolate they handed out. In only three hours, they were able to raise $711 in donations for the Parkdale Food Centre! That is a simply outstanding accomplishment! We thank all the hardcore volunteers including the parents and the leaders who helped make this event a success.

The Gruff Sisters Kitchen Party at the Carleton Tavern attempts to wipe out hunger!

Thanks to all the folks who attended the amazing party and raffle at the Carleton Tavern on December 7th.  A MOUNTAIN of toilet paper was donated and cash donations of $362 were raised.  This annual event has grown and is organized by Lorrie Marlow, from the Hintonburg Economic Development Committee and a volunteer on the Parkdale Food Centre’s Fundraising Committee.

Holiday Pups & Pics!

Global Pet Foods – Hintonburg hosted a barking good fundraiser for us on the weekend. Santa was there and many adorable pooches, including this one, came by to tell Santa if they’d been naughty or nice. When Santa checked his list at the end of afternoon he saw two people in the “nice” category – Co-Owners Karla Briones and Shawn Hoey who topped up the proceeds to PFC to $250! We love our Community Partners who keep finding creative ways to raise money for us.