2014 Grand Prizes

This year we are absolutely thrilled to be awarding our winning team one of our best prizes to date. Our champions will each go home with their very own WÜSTHOF 200th Anniversary Knife Block Set, which includes the following:

  • Peeling knife 7 cm (2 ¾")
  • Paring knife  9 cm (3 ½")
  • Bread knife 20 cm (8")
  • Utility knife 16 cm (6")
  • Cook´s knife 20 cm (8")
  • Sharpening steel 23 cm (9")
  • Kitchen shears
  • 13 slot storage block

Additional information:

  • Triple riveted POM handles are contoured nicely to fit in your hand for a comfortable secure grip
  • High Carbon German No Stain steel
  • Compound tapered blade is laser tested for sharpness and the correct cutting angle

The winning team will also have a chance to attend a cooking class at La Bottega Nicastro. There are at least 3 courses which are demonstrated and then and eaten - an appetizer, a main course, and a dessert. Two glasses of wine are included as well.

Ottawa Foodie Challenge 2014 Schedule

Wondering what to expect on June 1st? Here's the official run down on the day.

9:00 am Launch at Shopify at 126 York Street

We'll be serving your a delicious breakfast including coffee and tea from Lunch and getting you pumped up for the challenge. Wondering how to find Shopify? The best way to access the venue is through the parking lot in between York & George street- to the right of Honest Lawyer.

10:00am The Foodie Challenge Starts

We'll be sending you on your way with your challenge list in hand. Expect a day of running around town and exploring our amazing city. Make plans to stop somewhere along the way for lunch and some refreshments, we're sure you'll be tempted !

4:00pm All Photos Must Be Submitted

Final call for all photo albums to be submitted to ottawafoodiechallenge@gmail.com. Photo albums will be accepted in the form of a Flickr Gallery link. Please include your team name as well as total points achieved in the email title. 

4:30 Closing Party at the Albion Rooms

Meet us at 33 Nicholas for refreshing drinks from Norman Hardie and Nickelbrook and delectable bites by Chef Stephen La Salle. We'll cheers our grand prize winners as well as award prizes for our other photo categories.


Packing List for OFC 2014

1. Do some research. We have a LOT of clues on this year’s challenge, and not all of them are about restaurants. Take the time to think about specialty grocers, kitchen supply stores and other types of food & drink related places in Ottawa- especially any new locations that just opened up this year.

2. DON’T forget your camera! To participate in the Ottawa Foodie Challenge you’ll have to take pictures of yourself completing the clues- so make sure you bring one and possibly a back up battery. Also take into account that you’ll be uploading these pictures to Flickr after you’re done- so if you’re using an SLR- it might take more time to upload. We recommend using smart phones for the challenge

3. Create a Flickr Account or Use the Flickr App This is the service you'll be using to upload your pictures for scoring. Make sure you create an account before you start your day, trust us every minute counts the day of when you're uploading your pictures.

4. Make sure to dress comfortably. Most likely you’ll be hustlin’ all around town. If you’re in comfortable shoes and dress, it will be all that much easier.

5. Expect deliciousness. Some of our clues will be giving you bites, so have an open mind and try something new! You’re sure to build up an appetite during the day, so make sure you take a break from the challenge to hydrate and have lunch.

6. Get into it! Trust us- you’re going to have fun. Bring a that smile and energy to the day!

Ottawa Foodie Challenge List 2013

Originally Posted May 23, 2013



In previous years, our top teams completed every single clue- making it difficult to judge our grand prize winner. This year we thought we’d spread the love to more restaurants and purveyors to test your skills- and making it more competitive. That being said, after a few numbering mishaps- we thought we had 70 clues- guess what?- THERE WERE 88!

Thank you to those who really went above and beyond to attempt this list!

Rules & Instructions

• All photos to be uploaded to Flickr & album link sent at 5pm. Late entries not accepted.
• In the subject line of the email be sure to include 1. Your Team Name 2. Total Points
• Your album must have one “team photo”. The challenge photos much have at least have 1 team member present.
• Only upload the photos needed for clues, not any extras.
• Be respectful of the restaurants you are entering and the neighborhoods you are visiting.
• You must complete ALL mandatory clues to win the grand prize.

Mandatory Clues

Please make sure to hold up the Eating & Drinking Guide in your pictures if it refers to the magazine!

1. Top 5 Challenge: Seek out any of the “Top 5” Breads, Doughnuts, Pickles & Preserves and Sandwiches featured in the Ottawa Magazine Eating & Drinking issue. Snap a picture with one of these delightful treats  ( 5 pts each- maximum of 3 finds )
2. This blue building at 62 Barrette St is one hot tamale! Snap a picture beside the logo laden window See page 17 ( 10 pts )
3. Seek and you will find a new spot on Wellington famous for “Cheezecakes” and the raw tacos. Strike a pose outside! Details on page 70 ( 10pts )
4. Get a little nutty at 490 Rochester and grab a picture of the sour cherries imported straight from Greece. Hint on page 18 ( 10pts )
5. This gluten-free haven makes freshly squeezed juices & cocktails! Don’t miss out on their daily made Texican salsa- It’ll knock any Canadian’s socks off . Page 70, tells you where to get your daily “hustle”. ( 10pts )
6. Get giddy for the Ottawa Food Truck Rally at the corner of Rochester & Pamilla ( 10 pts )

Regular clues

1. Stop, “Guac” and Roll at this City Centre cantina * 11:30 opening *( 20 pts )
2. Reclaimed barn board is all the range in O-town. Use it as your backdrop ( 5 pts ) (Max 10 pts)
3. These days, most drinking establishments have abbreviated their names to “Pub” but this locale pays homage to the classic name. Get ‘yer Beer & Board games on this Hintonburg gem. ( 20 pts )
4. Roll on in to think Lunch on Bank Street and get your paws a little messy. ( 20 pts )
5. Pink Fuzz & Rye Guy are names of what’s on tap. Test your taste buds at their brewing headquarters. *Clue only open from Noon- 5pm* ( 20 pts )
6. Where “Beech” size means two patties on your ‘burg, take a picture with Ms.Pacman. ( 5 pts )
7. Locate a geoduck ( 10 pts )
8. This “beachside” bistro boasts unlimited bike parking, take a picture beside where you’d park your ride. ( 5 pts )
9. Susan Hamer is the lady behind this “sweet” edition to Hintonburg. Snap a picture in front of where you’d pick up some of her goodies on Wellington. ( 5 pts )
10. Outside of Dynamite 40 under 40’s retail location ( 10 pts )
11. Take a picture outside this neighbourhood restaurant. It’s steps away from Ottawa’s biggest garage sale and is headed up by two brothers. The name is exactly that (in Italian). ( 5 pts )
12. Let your wild side show at Pelican Fishery & Grill ( 10 pts, extra 10 pts if you lay on a smooch )
13. This poutinerie can get pretty smokey….snap a picture beside their famous ‘70s inspired logo ( 5 pts )
14. Brûléeing the top of a Crème brûlée ( 10 pts )
15. How many cookies could a good cook cook If a good cook could cook cookies? A good cook could cook as much cookies as a good cook who could cook cookies. Try this tongue twister at the Red Apron  ( 20 pts )
16. Guess the weight of this hefty-hunk-o-cheese at La Bottega Nicastro( 20 pts, add 10 pts if the owner, whose name starts with ‘R’ is in the shot too! )
17. Find the oldest bottle wine on this restaurant and event space’s wine wall- Ottawa’s only exclusively Italian wine list. ( 20 pts, add 10 pts if their sommelier is giving you wine advice in the picture )
18. Capture a cheers with “Naughty Nick” perhaps over the “Babbling Brook” at this brotherhood of beer on Dalhousie ( 20 pts )
19. You and some dried epazote ( 20 pts )
20. A dragon fruit you say? Get a picture of you with one ( 5 pts )
21. On Parkdale you’ll find a florist that moonlight’s as one of our city’s secret coffee destinations. Strike a pose amongst the flowers. ( 5 pts )
22. Bench press the 5 volume Modernist Cuisine cookbook series ( 10 pts )
23. You can twist or shake the dried out of this flouring vine to enhance any dish. Take a picture with the tool that does it best at CA Paradis ( 20 pts )
24. This tasty artisanal sausages are made so close to home. Find some for sale ( 10 pts )
25. Take a picture outside one of Wesboro’s newest additions named after a Dutch adjective. ( 5 pts )
26. Sharpen your skills at Ma Cuisine and let Wüsthof be your guide! ( 20 pts )
27. Take a snap beside a Broadhead tap ( 5 pts )
28. WINNER Community Clue: Confess your foodie sins, marvel at the holy decor and contemplate passages from their version of the bible at this well-known establishment. Sure to be thirst quenching. Take a picture is the aforementioned “bible” ( 5pts )
29. Newly open from old roots, “I’ll be In” to peel and pickle at Nicholas and Daly ( 20 pts )
30. People say, “a night out on the ______” ( 10 pts )
31. Maple syrup from a Byward Market vendor ( 5 pts )
32. Take a picture outside of this award winning restaurant just celebrated it’s 10 year anniversary ( 5 pts )
33. Take a snap as you enjoy the view from your white linen dressed table that overlooks this beautiful Unesco world heritage site. Wait did you hear the orchestra playing? ( 20 pts )
34. Show us the difference between between nigiri and sashimi ( 5 pts )
35. The ultimate Montreal style bagel right here in Ottawa ( 5 pts )
36. Chocolate can make any guy or gal happy. So can a good blow dry- head to 31 Murray to indulge in both. Now that’s a good hair day! ( 10 pts )
37. Find some black sesame ice cream ( 5 pts )
38. Take a picture of any chef displaying their food tattoo ( 5pts )
39. Capture yourself juggling this fruit that is Zest Catering’s signature colour ( 10 pts )
40. Venture down to The Flour Shoppe and take a picture of you chomping on what you receive after you declare “The Glebe is SWEET” ( 10 pts )
41. Wearing one of those naked people aprons that make you look naked (10 pts)
42. This Wellington West restaurant’s menu changes daily basis- get cozy beside it’s Saturday menu ( 10 pts )
43. You and an antique kitchen gadget at the Glebe Garage sale ( 10 pts )
44. Cupcakes from this shop are ALMOST small enough to fit into a thimble. ( 10 pts )
45. Snuggle up to a bottle of Prince Edward County wine at the LCBO ( 5 pts )
46. Hang out with Pasquale in a Westboro wood-burning pizza restaurant ( 10 pts- extra 10 pts if you are with the REAL Pasquale in front of the oven)
47. Do the wave outside of Shore Club ( 5 pts )
48. Eat family style only on Mondays at this spin off locale. Take picture outside ( 5 pts )
49. Take a picture outside any restaurant whose name is the same as their street address ( 5 pts each )
50. Why slice your salami if you can spread it? Get a picture of some Ndjua! ( 5 pts )
51. You wearing any authentic Mexican garb, eating some authentic mexican food. ( 5 pts )
52. How many REAL armadillos does Chez Lucien have? Take a picture showing the number with your hands at Chez Lucien ( 10 pts )
53. This restaurant was #4 in top 50 Restaurants in Canada 2013 ( 10 pts )
54. The peanuts may be boiled, and the beards may be oiled, but try the chicken it’s not broiled. Get a picture their sign. ( 5 pts )
55. This locally made jam has interesting combinations such as: Rhubarb and Black Pepper, Peach Cardamom, Blueberry Lavender. ( 5 pts )
56. Get studious about economics, outside this seahorse laden restaurant. ( 10 pts )
57. The detached head of an animal at the butcher’s (20 points)
58. Take a picture outside this joint that serves up free ‘chowda on Tuesdays ( 5 pts )
59. This cured ham is made by feeding the pigs Parmesan cheese. Take a picture of yourself with some of it. ( 5 pts )
60. “What happiness tastes like” – this is the password to try one of Jen Winter’s creations at this Westboro Sweet Shop. ( 10 pts )
61. A baking pan for Madeleine cookies ( 5 pts )
62. You and the famous egg roll sold at Ottawa Senators Hockey Games ( 5 pts )
63. You with a 2013 Gold Medal Plates Ottawa Chef ( 20 pts each )
64. Authentic 100% corn tortillas from a local Latin grocer. ( 10 pts )
65. This market hotspot has a wall filled with signed wine bottles. Use it as your backdrop. ( 5 pts )
66. Stand under the “ Ladies and Escorts entrance” of this rejuvenated tavern ( 5 pts )
67. This diner has been reenvisioned as a supper club by night. Make sure to get the sign in your photo ( 5pts )
68. Give a hug to any Ottawa food blogger ( 5 pts )
69. Pulling a pizza out of a pizza oven ( 5 pts )
70. This magazine that has the same name as a local food/wine tasting fundraising event ( 5 pts )
71. Liquids extracted from 2 different oval shaped fruit are sold here, when ironically it’s name is derived from a verb meaning non-mixable ( 5 pts )
72. Rum is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from these ingredients. Find some! ( 5 pts )
73. This coffee roastery started out of a garage in Mechanicsville. Take a picture outside their new cafe. ( 5 pts )
74. This bistro has a cute Dachshund as it’s logo. Snap a picture with their sign! ( 5 pts )
75. This Little Italy sandwich shop is legendary, so much so it’s Ottawa’s top rated (not to be confuzzed with top buzzed ) “restaurant” on Urbanspoon. Show us what we’re talking about. ( 5 pts )
76. This Beechwood mural pays homage to Jose Alves’ legacy. Use it as your back drop ( 5  pts )
77. Find a Cassel Brewery tap ( 5 pts )
78. Crossing this type of animal’s path might lead to bad luck. In this case, it just leads to deliciousness. Take a picture in front this restaurant ( 5 pts )
79. You waiting on a table ( 5 pts, add 5 pts if you’re in uniform )
80. The Ottawa Food and Wine Festival is held in this new state of the art building ( 5 pts )
81. A proper glass for serving sparkling wine ( 5 pts )
82. Mirepoix is made up of these three main things, take a picture with all three ( 5 pts )


Ottawa Foodie Challenge Packing List

Originally Posted May 21, 2013


Before you arrive on Saturday at 9:00 am there are a few things we’d recommend to help you prepare for your day of deliciousness. Here are some tips to help you get ready.

1. Do some research. We have a LOT of clues on this year’s challenge, and not all of them are about restaurants. Take the time to think about specialty grocers, kitchen supply stores and other types of food & drink related places in Ottawa.

2. DON’T forget your camera! To participate in the Ottawa Foodie Challenge you’ll have to take pictures of yourself completing the clues- so make sure you bring one and possibly a back up battery. Also take into account that you’ll be uploading these pictures to Flickr after you’re done- so if you’re using an SLR- it might take more time to upload. We recommend using smart phones for the challenge

3. Bring a map. You’ll be navigating the city, sometimes it helps to plan your route before you go crazy completing the clues. We are anticipating road closures due to Ottawa Race Weekend & the Great Glebe garage sale- so it might come in handy!  If you’re traveling by transit, pick up a transit way map- chances are you’ll be taking the bus to somewhere you haven’t been to before

4. Make sure to dress comfortably. Most likely you’ll be hustlin’ all around town. If you’re in comfortable shoes and dress, it will be all that much easier.

5. Expect deliciousness. Some of our clues will be giving you bites, so have an open mind and try something new! You’re sure to build up an appetite during the day, so make sure you take a break from the challenge to hydrate and have lunch.

6. Get into it! Trust us- you’re going to have fun. Bring a that smile and energy to the day!

The Ottawa Foodie Challenge is Back in 2013!

We are so proud to finally announce the date of our 2012/2013 edition of the Ottawa Foodie Challenge. It’s been a while since our last event and we wanted to share what we’ve been up to getting ready for May 25th.

Early in 2012 we decided that we wanted to move the challenge to the Spring. Why? There are just too many yummy food events in the fall and we needed the time to make the challenge better then years past. To do that, we needed to take our time to make it perfect- thanks for your patience!

For those that have been participating in the challenge for the past two years, you know that we started off with this event being hosted completely online. Our last edition in 2011, we decided to make changes to the event that created a greater sense of camaraderie amongst participants- so we brought you together before and after the challenge.

This year in hopes in making this event better and listening to your feedback, we have some new surprises in store. 

We’ll be sharing news about the upcoming edition slowly as we approach the date. Stay tuned for more surprises!

Registration is now open, and is limited to 50 teams. Make sure you secure your spot today if you’re looking to test your foodie knowledge!

See you at the challenge!

The Foodie Challenge Team

OFC 2011 Albums

Originally  Posted on November 14, 2011


Thank you  to everyone who took part in the 2011 Ottawa Foodie Challenge. We had such a great time watching everyone race around Ottawa for a great cause, the Ottawa Food Bank. That being said, there were some HILARIOUS photos- thanks for getting creative- it made our evening so much more enjoyable.

Here are the albums submitted to Flickr (in no particular order):

First Ladies of Food

After the Harvest

The Marlborough Men

Apple Pickers

Karine & Jenny in the Morning

Snack Attack

Taste Buds


Petits Fours

It was the best of limes, it was the worst of limes

Les Bonnes Fourchettes


Cereal Killers

Local Pizza Tourists

Foodie and the Beast


Pickle of Justice



Minority Report

Little Monsters

Fine Young Cannibals

YUKON do it

Devouring Duo

The Amazing Fighting Cupcakes

Bikes & Bites

* Sensory Sisters

* Me and You

We are always trying to create the most interesting, fun and difficult list we can. The Ottawa Foodie Challenge is for a great cause and we hope that everyone had a great time. If you have suggestions on how to make the event better next year- we are all ears. Thank you again so much for being great sports!

- Carolynn, Larissa, Matt, Kyle

* raw photos submitted

Official Foodie Challenge List 2011

Originally Posted November 13, 2011


Ok foodies, it’s time.

Remember these rules:

You must only submit 41 photos. Your first photo in the album will be a picture of you and your partner same day as the challenge. The rest of the photos will be the 40 you completed for the list.
At least one of your partners must be present in each photo.
When you submit the link to your album you must tally your points. Please make the subject of your email when you submit your album “ Team Name, Points = (how many points you collected) and the price of the cheese you found)
Albums must be submitted by 6pm. We do not accept late entries.
Be courteous to the establishments you are entering.
Have a deliciously good time!
Here’s what you’re playing for:

- $25 Gift Certificate to Thyme & Again

- $50 Gift Certificate to Play food & wine

- $50 Gift Certificate to Burnt Butter

- $50 Gift Certificate to Stella Luna

- $20 Gift Certificate to Thimblecakes

- $40 Gift Certificate the Red Apron

- Free Pizza at ZaZaZa Pizza

- Three lovely wines courtesy of Perugini

- 2 tickets to the next Ottawa DishCrawl (value $90)

….and the title of 2011 Ottawa Foodie Challenge Champions!

On your mark, get set…..GO!

1.”Play” with your wine, find where Rick Mercer helps hold up the wall. Picture with you and this item! 10pts

2. Star light, star bright, maybe I should have some GELATO tonight? Snap a shot of you at this location! 10pts

3. Picture of you licking the sugar heart sheet at Thimblecakes 10pts

4. Search and you will find a red apron on Gladstone (hint: please place apron back where you discovered it – we’re watching!) 10pts

5. Get behind the curtain at ZaZaZa 5pts

6. You and a jar of hot fudge sauce at Thyme & Again 5pts

7. Find the art deco on the wall and play bar tender behind the bar at Burnt Butter 10pts

8. Lay a smooch on Kevin’s portrait at Art-is-in 5pts

9. Crawl down Preston with a plate on your head! (Make sure we can see the Little Italy street sign!) 10pts

10. You at any of Ottawa Magazine’s Top 10 restaurants of 2011 with the November issue of Ottawa Magazine 5pts (max 5 restaurants) + 5 points if you’re high-fiving the chef at the same time

11. Venture to the back lane of Back Lane Cafe and take a picture of you and what fuels their fire! 5pts

12. One chance (and we mean ONE CHANCE) to perfect your pour at Kichesippi brewing head quarters 10pts

13. You in front of Allium with the main ingredient to their most popular dessert 10pts

14. You and a cinnamon bun from Baker Street Cafe 5pts

15. You and any “truffle” product at Jacobson’s 5pts for each different item (max 5 items)

16. You and a tagine 10pts

17. You at any bagel shop with a bagel on your finger, +1 pt for each finger holding a bagel. (max 10)

18. You grilling a hot dog anywhere but at home 10pts

19. You and any vendor at Ottawa’s first Sunday only outdoor organic market 5pts (hint: Some Ottawa Magazines are hanging out there- ask and you will find)

20. You and a Kraft single beside the most expensive piece of cheese you can find 10pts, +20 points if your cheese is the most expensive of the entire challenge- the REAL price tag must be in the photo

21. You doing a yoga bridge in front of any Bridgehead 5 pts

22. You in front of the street sign of one of Hintonburger’s burger names 5pts/street sign

23. You holding a live “Sebastien” from the Little Mermaid 20pts

24. You and a bottle of Ontario sparkling wine 5 pts

25. You and the coffee roaster from I deal Coffee 5pts

26. You and any Ottawa food blogger on this list, + 10 pts for each blogger you hunt down! (max 2 bloggers)

27. You and a table from Raw Sugar Café 5pts

28. You and the Beer Bible from Pub Italia 10pts

29. You in front of Ottawa’s most notorious molecular gastronomy restaurant 10pts

30. You at Life of “3.14” with a “3.14” 10pts

31. You bench pressing the $79.99 dollar Nutella jar at La Bottega 5pts

32. You rolling a sushi roll anywhere but at home 20 pts

33. You and holding a butcher knife with a blood-stained butcher 10pts

34. You waiting in line at the Manx with a disapproving face 5pts

35. You with a cake with your team name on it 10pts

36. You shaving chicken off any shawarma skewer 10pts

37. You sporting a chef jacket 10pts + 5pts if you rocking a chef’s hat

38. It’s tea time! You with your pinky in the air at Zoe’s Lounge 5 pts

39. Make a memory in front of Memories 5 pts

40. You juggling lychee fruit 10pts

...and the winner is!

Original Post Date November 24, 2010


We are proud to announce team YUM YUM (Katryna & Mark) as the winners of the 1st Ottawa Foodie Challenge, and now hold the title of 2010 Ottawa Foodie Challenge Champions! This incredible duo was able to complete ALL 360 available points, with a little creativity and a lot of heart.

We were very (VERY) impressed with all the teams and there was some seriously close competition. Behold the rest of the albums that brought us so much joy.

Team Kellog

Team After The Harvest

Team The Cereal Killers

Team Anchor Cares

Team Food Finders

Team Abnormally Large Intake Per Os

Team Marvelously Mustachioed Maley Men

Team Vesbitt

Team DTF

Team The Drums (Part 2)

Team Cobalt

Team La Franco and The Anglo (Part 2)

Team Big Night Last Night

Team La Gourmandise

Team Crack Horderves

Team Digestive Tracks

Team Everyone Likes Sandwiches

Team Awesome

Finally we’d like to say another GREAT BIG THANK YOU to our sponsors this year for supporting a brand spanking new event in this city. Their support was greatly appreciated: NetgenOttawa Kiosk,  Divino Wine StudioThe CakeryBarefoot Wine & Bubbly and The Whalesbone.