National Capital Sommelier Guild Annual Holiday Gala

Saturday, January 21, 2012, 6:30 p.m. Reception, 7:00 p.m. Dinner
Le Salon, National Arts Centre, 53 Elgin Street

The Guild’s Annual Holiday Gala is upon us once again. As the signature event of the year, it is an opportunity for our members to get together and share wonderful food, wine and friendship. As was the case last year, it is sure to be another memorable evening. We encourage all members to come out and celebrate the holidays in style.

We are again hosting the Gala at the National Arts Centre where Le Cafe’s Executive Chef Michael Blackie and his team will create another wonderful dining experience for our members.
A proponent of local and sustainable food, Chef Blackie loves to push the limits of cuisine. He is a multiple medalist at the prestigious Gold Medal Plates culinary competition and placed second at the national Canadian Culinary Championships event which was featured in Mark McEwan’s television show The Heat. Maybe you’ve watched him on Chef Off! or maybe you saw him battle Food Network Canada all-stars on ET Canada’s Food Fiesta.

This year, Chef Blackie has gone all out to create a menu that is sure to be a taste and sensory treat. Each dish will be carefully matched with a selection of fine international wines.

1st Course
Beau Soleil scallion and ginger foam / preserved black bean gelatin

2nd Course
Mimolette / white truffle pulse / acadian sturgeon caviar

3rd Course
Iberico ham and vermicelli rice paper roll / hickory smoked espuma / cold smoked magret

4th Course
Miso glazed sterling striploin / home made udon noodle / four times double duck consomme / sea asparagus

5th Course
B.M.W.: bittersweet chocolate pot de creme / milk chocolate and white pepper brulee / white chocolate snowball

Tables of eight with pre-arranged seating arrangements are available.

Space is limited, so book your tables early.

Please contact the guild registrar at after registering if a vegetarian option or special dietary needs option is required, or if you want special seating arrangements.

If you only attend one Guild event this year, this is the one not to miss. Please register early to avoid disappointment.

Members: ($135+HST) $152.55
Sponsored Guests: ($145+HST) $163.85
Designated Drivers: ($120+HST) $135.60

To register, please go to