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Savour the taste of Ottawa this week at nine local restaurants

The annual Summer Tables event is back, and nine local restaurants are ready with special dishes created from Ottawa's backyard.

This vegetarian quinoa-beet burger is on the menu for Savour Ottawa's Summer Tables event this week, made with as many local ingredients as possible.

Courtesy Perfection-Satisfaction-Promise

This vegetarian quinoa-beet burger is on the menu for Savour Ottawa's Summer Tables event this week, made with as many local ingredients as possible.

Love local food but have no idea how to cook it? Savour Ottawa has you covered this week with its 10-day Summer Tables event celebrating local farmers and the chefs who love them.

Nine restaurants across the city will team up with local producers to serve up fresh, gourmet meals right from Ottawa’s backyard between now and Aug. 21.

It’s a chance to taste the valley, but don’t worry about your wallet: from takeout to fine dining, the range of restaurants can satisfy both your tastebuds and your bank account.

The fine dining experience:

Signatures – that fancy Cordon Bleu restaurant on Laurier Avenue – is new to the event this year. It will offer a set three-course menu designed by chef Yannick Anton, featuring local ingredients from Rochon Farm, H&H Lacroix, Mariposa Farm, Halls Apple Market, and Heavenly Honey.

The menu includes a summer salad, mariposa duck breast as the main and a frozen honey parfait for dessert. Other fine dining restaurants participating this year include The Albion Rooms and the Fairmont Chateau Laurier.

The ultra-casual:

The Red Apron on Gladstone Avenue is known for its comfy, cozy take-home meals, and now you can pick up a package that truly tastes like home. Using local ingredients from nine Ottawa producers, the Red Apron will offer things like maple barbecue sloppy joes, mushroom lasagna and lemon garlic chicken. The meals will be available by pre-order only on Aug. 16, 17, and 18.

The neighbourhood gem:

You’d be forgiven if you’ve never heard of Perfection-Satisfaction-Promise, which until now has thrived off University of Ottawa business for the past 20 years. But this vegetarian café on Laurier Avenue, which offers everything from gourmet veggie burgers to traditional Indian dhal, is moving into new territory this summer as it switches to local, organic ingredients.

“The quality is so superior and the price difference is really non-existent,” said owner Prapti Jensen.

To promote the new menu, the restaurant will offer a different locally-sourced daily special all week as part of the Summer Tables event. Try a pasta primavera, vegetarian ceviche, or a quinoa-beet burger.

Other vegetarian restaurants in the event include the Green Door and The Table.

For full Summer Tables details and menus, visit savourottawa.ca.

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