Six mouth-watering spots with meeting spaces
Summertime arrives to the Outaouais region with plenty of opportunity for bringing a meeting routine outside to a foodie destination. Swap an indoor conference room for an open-air brewery or invite delegates to the patio of a rustic restaurant. Casual and creative settings get people feeling more comfortable with one another, and being outdoors can recharge their batteries during a long day of power-point presentations.
With the area’s high-quality local ingredients—beef, dairy, market gardening and berry production—and a growing mass of culinary entrepreneurs, Ottawa-Gatineau is considered one of Canada’s best food regions. Summer festivals like Festibière, an annual gathering of more than 40 breweries, attracts thousands of people with its local brews and food vendors.
All year round, public markets, cheese shops and craft bakeries sell their goods along gourmet routes and at farm stands, while nearby restaurants use these products to diversify their dishes.
Outdoor patios will add some sun, cold drinks and lots of atmosphere to this mix, catering to a diverse clientele and setting the stage for a crowd-pleasing experience.
Laid-Back Surf and Turf – Arôme Seafood and Grill
The 100-seat terrace, heated into late October, offers expansive lake views and a relaxing ambiance from spring to fall. This is a great spot to host any type meeting; besides the setting, the menu features succulent specialties and an impressive wine list that will dazzle connoisseurs who know the difference between Pinot Noir and Shiraz. Arôme earned the prestigious ‘Award of Excellence’ from Wine Spectator Magazine, distinguishing the cellar for having one of the most outstanding restaurant wine lists in the world. But wine isn’t the only item that will impress. The restaurant is also known for its dry-ageing beef that darkens and dries within a glass-fronted cabinet at the front of the restaurant for all to see.
Historic Brewery – Les Brasseurs du Temps
Established in 1821 as the region’s first microbrewery, this historic destination now houses Les Brasseurs du Temps, a resto-brewery that pairs gourmet dishes with 17 beers in what was once the heart of Hull’s industrial sector. Plan a sunny daytime reception on the open-air patio overlooking the sparkling waters of Brewery Creek or settle into the private meeting space next to where the beer brews. The fully-staffed room mixes modern technology with unique regional culture.
New and Rustic – Le Rustiek Taverne Gastronomique
Le Rustiek Taverne Gastronomique is a new gastro-tavern in the old Hull sector of Gatineau. Head chef Christopher Mulder experiments with locally-sourced produce and meats from West Quebec and Eastern Ontario farms to create a delectable Canadian cuisine that reflects his Dutch and German roots. Rustiek has a private room for business lunches that can accommodate up to 18 people. Visitors will find sophisticated yet comforting mains like organic Canadian salmon and expresso-crusted elk, which pair well with the long list of craft beer brewed mostly in Quebec.
Five-Star Steakhouse – Sterling Steakhouse and Seafood
The steakhouse is located in a charming heritage building by the Gatineau River, and its balcony, voted one of the top 30 most beautiful terraces of Quebec, offers stunning views of the water, with roomy tables under a sailing red canopy. The restaurant’s name reflects the quality of the meat it serves—Sterling Silver, which is carefully sourced and hand-selected to “surpass expectations.” Sterling has a 144-seat capacity, with unique private meeting rooms like the medieval-style cellar or the window-covered River Room with French doors that lead to the patio.
19th Century House – Le Cellier
Nestled in a redbrick Victorian house in the heart of old Hull, Le Cellier offers two terraces and welcomes groups from eight to 35 people. Delegates can gather on the rooftop and share dishes like oysters and tartar, or pile onto the first floor patio and take in the local scene. French cuisine enhanced with Portuguese accents can also be enjoyed in one of the multiple dining rooms, all named after grape varieties like Bordeaux and Chablis – hence the 100-plus-bottle wine list.
Day Trip Worthy – Chelsea Pub and Biscotti
Old Chelsea, a former Irish settlement established in the late 1800s, is now a beautiful village of shops, galleries, spas and cafes set in the log homes of early settlers. Also, as the southern gateway to Gatineau Park, hiking, biking, golf and boating are all steps away. Chelsea Pub, built by pioneers in 1875, offers gastropub-type cuisine and homemade craft beers on its thriving patio. Whether it’s a social dinner under the stars or a sunny business brunch, a unique experience awaits. For a sweet bite, Biscotti is a cozy sandwich shop around the corner, with exquisite desserts and artful coffee drinks that can be enjoyed on the go or while seated in the beautiful garden, ten minutes from Parliament Hill.
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