Chef Cook-off at HerbFest - July 26, 2009


Chef Cook-Off at Midsummer HerbFest

Join Sommeliers and Chefs a for a fun day in the countryside!



Savvy Company's  Sommelier Debbie Trenholm, is returning for her 6th year hosting the popular Chef Cook-off at Midsummer Herbfest located at The Herb Garden in Almonte, Ontario.


Under a big top tent, three local Ottawa chefs will demonstrate how they use fresh herbs in their recipe. A group of audience participants will be on hand to judge the demonstration, but more importantly the delicious dishes. Debbie will provide wine and food pairing tips and will match each dish with a Ontario wine.


This year's featured chefs are:

Chef Glen "Skip" Sansome of Petit Bill's Bistro
Located at 1293 Wellington Street, Petit Bill's Bistro is named in honour of the co-owners' father, "Little Bill" Fitzpatrick. The restaurant offers a unique menu marrying fine French food with "down home" comfort, speaking French with a Newfy Accent!

Skip's recipe: Cashew Encrusted Halibut with Citrus Aioli 

Chef Kate Klenavic of The Whalesbone Catering
Ottawa's premier caterers have expanded their exclusive oyster catering into a full service operation. For Chef Kate, working at Whalesbone Catering Company has been a dream come true.  Her focus is on sustainable and ethically sourced food.  The catering company uses seasonal, local and environmentally conscious products.  The company offers full service catering for large and small groups. 

Kate's recipe:
Seared Duck Breast with Heirloom Tomatoes, fresh Basil, Lemon Thyme & char grilled corn 



Chef Roger Weldon of Ballygiblin's Restaurant and Pub
Located in the heart of downtown Carleton Place, Ballygibllin's and Slow Food chef and co-owner Roger Weldon.  Roger's commitment to local farmers has earned him the invitation to attend Terra Madre, an international food conference in Turin, Italy. 

Roger's recipe: Petra's Lanark Lamb Rack with Chimichurri Sauce 


The Midsummer HerbFest is held annually at The Herb Garden located just outside of the town of Almonte, Ontario on 3840 Old Almonte Road.

More information and a map is located at




Contact Savvy Company for more information about other Savvy Events


Name Sales End Price
Tickets $4 per person - not available online - only onsite Ended Free

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