Sip, tour, shop & dinePublished on October 2, 2016

  • Healthy fresh and fun
    Photo by: Mark Holleron

  • Fashion on the go
    Photo by: Mark Holleron


This fall, six of Ottawa’s favourite chefs will be offering pop-up dining experiences at the Great Canadian Theatre Company. Sheila Whyte of Thyme & Again and Michael Moffatt of the Beckta group of restaurants came up with the idea to offer a unique combined dining and theatre package during the run of each of this season’s productions in the foyer of the GCTC.

The six chefs involved are Katie Brown Ardington of Beckta, Marc Lepine of Atelier, Pat Garland of Absinthe, Arup Jana of allium, Marc Doiron of town, and Jon Svazas of Fauna and Bar Laurel. GCTC’s Marketing Manager Andrew Soobrian likes the idea because it’s an opportunity to enhance the theatregoers’, experience and to potentially reach new theatre audiences. All involved feel that this collaborative community-based initiative will add a creative and interesting element to the dining and theatre experience. The Great Canadian Theatre Company is located at 1227 Wellington St W. View this season’s schedule at:


RAW Pulp + Grind, Ottawa’s newest addition to Preston Street is the perfect place for a healthful treat, offering an innovative “living food” menu ranging from cold pressed juices and smoothies to superfood lattés, salads, power bowls and desserts. Partners Richard and Nicola Valente of Fratelli Restaurants, Jordan O’Leary of Morning Owl Coffee House and Melissa Shabinsky (our own Style & Beauty contributor), have collaborated to create an experiential space to enjoy wholesome and nutritious offerings.

The bright colourful juice and coffee bar offers an education wall and I’m grateful for … wall, as well as ample seating indoors and out. Visit RAW Pulp + Grind at 440 Preston Street. Expect to see new and exciting additions to their offerings such as RAW Events, RAW Beauty and RAW Home in the future!

Creative, chic, and convenient, Voguemobile is Ottawa’s first mobile fashion boutique selling unique designer clothes out of a converted delivery truck. Ottawa native Lainie Towell always had an eye for fashion and design, but was reluctant to commit to a specific boutique location. Instead, she opted for a mobile retail option and Ottawa’s first fashion truck hit the pavement in June.

Voguemobile is open for business in various parking lots, at festivals and special events across the city, and also offers private shopping events which include a pre-consultation to determine clothing sizes and design preferences. They will also curate an exclusive collection specifically for you and your guests, and bring the Voguemobile to your driveway for a super chic shopping experience. Lainie has a passion for unique designers and small-batch lines, so the Voguemobile is a great option to revamp your fall wardrobe with exclusive items!

Follow them on Twitter to find out where the Voguemobile will be parked next, or shop online at:

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