National Capital Sommelier Guild Spring Wine and Dine Evening

Saturday, April 16, 2016 Reception at 6:30 p.m. for Dinner at 7:15 p.m.
Le Salon, National Arts Centre 53 Elgin Street

Following the recent departure of Chef John Morris from the National Arts Centre (NAC), executive sous chef Martin Levesque has ably taken over the reins at Restaurant Le Café. Chef Levesque has played a significant role in preparing the Guild’s Gala dinners in past years.

Success started early for Chef Levesque capturing the Award of Excellence “Buffet Charbonneau” at La Cité Collégiale. Chef Levesque continued this success and was part of the opening team at Brookstreet Hotel, where he played a critical role in establishing Perspectives as a four diamond restaurant. His love for international flavours led him to Bangkok, Thailand, where he discovered the essential skills and techniques of Thai cuisine. In 2005, Chef Levesque held progressive positions at Aerie Resort & Spa (Relais & Chateau) and at the Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa in British Columbia. Chef Levesque’s creative edge on sourcing local ingredients coupled with his international perspective on cuisine, has led him to create an inspired five course menu especially for the Guild’s Wine and Dine Evening. Chef Levesque has also offered to prepare part of each course in the dining room in front of members and guests.

Course 1: Italian White Lava
Burrata cheese: basil gnocchi: le coprin king oyster mushrooms: stewed tomatoes

Course 2: East Coast Gold
Wild hand lined seared Fogo Island cod: lemongrass infused mussel broth: lobster wonton

Course 3: Right From the Farm
Pork belly: gold and red beet puree: swiss chard: spiced yams: apple chips

Course 4: Say Hello to Spring
Ontario herb marinated lamb: morel mushroom polenta: braised cipollini onions: fiddlehead fricassee

Course 5: Sweet Surrender
Dark chocolate cake: pudding: caramelized banana: passion fruit coulis; charred mallow: honey almonds

As an additional bonus this year, a trio of classical musicians will play throughout the evening.

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 a vegetarian option or a special dietary need option is required, or if you want special seating arrangements.

Dress: Formal

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

Register at

2016 Hotel Bonus

The Guild has made arrangements with ARC The.Hotel, Ottawa’s first boutique hotel, for a limited number of rooms to be available to Guild members and their guests on April 16, 2016 at a special guest rate of $119.00 per room (taxes additional). ARC The.Hotel is Ottawa’s first boutique hotel providing exceptional personalized service, located downtown only steps from the NAC. At ARC The.Hotel, elegance and prestige are combined with hospitality and a passion for service. A block of rooms will be held under Capital Sommelier Guild. If you would like to take advantage of this special offer, contact the hotel directly at 613-238-2888 or email and ask for the National Capital Sommelier Guild special rate.

ARC The.Hotel, 140 Slater Street
Ottawa, ON K1P 5H6