National Capital Sommelier Guild Annual Holiday Gala

Saturday, January 18, 2014, Reception: 6:30 p.m., Dinner: 7:00 p.m.
Le Salon, National Arts Centre 53 Elgin Street

For those of you who attended last year’s Gala, you already know about Le Cafe’s Chef John Morris, who was recently promoted to the Executive Chef’s position at the National Arts Centre (NAC). Chef Morris was an integral part of the team who achieved the CAA Four Diamond Award for Perspectives restaurant and the Brookstreet Hotel in Ottawa within three months of opening in 2003. After a culinary stage in Bermuda with renowned Chef Steven Gugelmeier, Chef Morris joined the team at Caesars Hotel and Casino in Windsor with Chef Raymond Taylor. He was Executive Sous Chef for Marriott Hotels International in Ottawa prior to returning to work at the NAC of Canada in 2009, fulfilling the roles of Executive Sous Chef and Acting Executive Chef. Chef Morris’ many achievements include an individual Gold Medal in March of 2009 at Toronto’s Escoffier Society Culinary Salon, a national level competition judged by Culinary Team Canada and a key team member in the NAC’s silver medal win at the Ottawa regional Gold Medal Plates competition in 2009. Chef Morris has also assisted in preparing the Guild’s Gala dinners in past years.

Again this year, Chef Morris has created a mouth watering five course menu. As an additional treat, Chef Morris will be preparing part of each course in the dining room in front of members and guests.

First Course
Pin the Tail on the Oxoxtail consommeé with Madeira, sautéed le coprin mushrooms, fried salsify ribbon

Second Course
Deep Purple Salmonbeetroot cured pink salmon, horseradish crème, yuzu pearl, fennel dill slaw

Third Course
Melts on the Tongueveal tongue pastrami, foie gras crostinis, pickled radish, red wine “kraut”

Fourth Course
Rooting for the Elkcocoa roasted striploin of elk, confit carrot puree, baby turnips, wild lingonberry jus

Fifth Course
PB & Jpeanut butter cheesecake, toasted fluff, concord grape gel, crumbled salted peanuts, milk chocolate sauce

As an additional bonus this year, there will be draws for door prizes that have been donated by Zen Kitchen, Back Lane Café, Stoneriver Dining, Algonquin College’s Restaurant International and Ottawa Wine Cellar Solutions. As well, the Niagara Teaching College has also graciously donated two bottles of wine and a VIP tour of their winery and brewery.

Tables of eight with pre-arranged seating arrangements are available. Tickets have started to sell, so reserve your spot early to avoid disappointment.

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

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

To register, please go to

2014 Gala Bonus

The Guild has made arrangements with ARC The Hotel (140 Slater Street, Ottawa), Ottawa?s first luxury boutique hotel, for a limited number of Majestic King rooms to be available to Guild members and their guests on January 18, 2014 at a special guest rate of $129.00 per room (taxes additional). A block of rooms will be held under Capital Sommelier Guild. If you would like to take advantage of this special offer, call 613-238-1259 and mention that you are attending the Sommelier Guild?s Annual Gala or email: