Theatrical celebration for 2017 Published on December 20, 2017

  • Improv actors
    Photo by: James Park

  • Tulips & Maple catering

  • Sam Mizrahi & Veronique Rivest

  • Ottawa At Home's Jennifer Tackaberry with husband Todd Tackaberry (left) chat with Jim & Darleen Page
    Photo by: James Park

This past year the Nation’s Capital served as the hub for embracing Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations with a variety of events and attractions that put Ottawa on the map. Mizrahi Developments paid tribute to the dynamic growth of the capital with an exciting dinner theatre event that celebrated the changes happening in Ottawa.

“Ottawa is on the cusp of a major transformation,” says Sam Mizrahi, President of Mizrahi Developments, who is bringing 1451 Wellington, a new landmark building, to the intersection of Wellington West and Island Park Drive. “With several major urban redevelopment projects in the works, the pending arrival of a new LRT, and influx of young people and new creative industries, we wanted to take this opportunity to celebrate 2017 with community members who are contributing to and embracing all these changes.”

Mizrahi’s end-of-year themed event was dubbed a “2017 News Nightcap” and was hosted inside the fully-appointed Presentation Gallery for 1451 Wellington. While actors re-enacted top news stories from 2017, guests were treated to thoughtfully crafted food and wine pairings curated by one of the world’s best Sommeliers, Veronique Rivest, owner of Soif Wine Bar. “Canadians are wine lovers,” said Rivest. “Wine makers from around the world love coming to this country, because we are open minded and curious.”

Rivest took Mizrahi’s guests on a journey around the world with an all-white theme and shared her expertise. The tasting kicked-off with a Henry of Pelham sparkling from Niagara Peninsula that was paired with mini fish tacos and crisp vegetarian rice paper rolls. If you are looking to serve sparkling wine for the holidays, Rivest stressed it does not need to be served only as an aperitif. “Sparkling wine is one of the greatest food wines in the world, because of its low alcohol content, high acidity and the fact that it does not have a lot of oak. Whenever in doubt, usually sparkling wine is the answer.” It’s also a great way to bring home-grown flavour to the dinner table. “We have the perfect climatic conditions in Canada for world-class sparkling wines,” she added.

The wines that followed included a Grüner Veltliner from Austria, a classic Southern White Burgundy from France, and a dessert wine from the Tokaji region of Hungary. Accompanying canapés by Tulips and Maple ranged from light and fresh root vegetable flavours to rich and creamy bites.

The evening’s entertainment also included a toast to 2017’s most memorable headlines with theatre performances by Ottawa’s Improv Embassy. Guests were asked to share their favourite news stories from 2017 which resulted in improv sketches that poked fun at Ottawa’s swelling tech sector, Ottawa’s La Machine and Justin Trudeau’s selfies and socks.

Mary Taggart

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