Inaugural Taste Ottawa week will see dozens of the city’s restaurants offering special menu items

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New York City has Restaurant Week. Toronto has Summerlicious. And now, the nation’s capital has Taste Ottawa week.

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Starting Sunday May 14 and running to Saturday May 20 in partnership with the Canadian Tulip Festival, Taste Ottawa will involve more than 70 restaurants and food businesses across the city that are offering discounted multi-course meals, special menu items and more. Details can be found at the website tasteottawa.com.

“The point is to attract business and let the community experience something they would not have otherwise,” said SabriNa Lemay, Taste Ottawa’s director and the assistant director of the Bank Street Business Improvement Area.

At Aiana Restaurant Collective in the Sun Life Financial Centre, where a deluxe tasting menu normally costs $225 a person, a three-course Taste Ottawa option with a half-rack of Ontario lamb as its main attraction will cost $150. At Fauna on Bank Street, a special three-course menu will cost $80. Metropolitan Brasserie will offer five new menu items and Apothecary, GBurger and Bridgehead will offer new drinks.

Lemay says selected businesses in Ottawa’s suburbs are also taking part.

Instigated by Devinder Chaudhary, owner of Aiana, and supported by Ottawa’s business improvement areas, Taste Ottawa will live on past May 20 as an online directory of restaurants.

Lemay said she envisions more special weeks for food-lovers taking place this fall and this winter.

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