Ottawa Wine and Food Fest to showcase talents of Beau’s newest addition, Chef Bruce Wood
“Locavore chef,” culinary teacher and former chef of Ottawa’s Urban Element and Mariposa Farms to bring a fun, educational culinary spin to local craft brewery Beau’s All Natural
OTTAWA – (November 3, 2014) Beau’s All Natural has taken an innovative step in adding a full-time chef to the brewery team, “The Locavore Chef” Bruce Wood. Chef Bruce will work closely with Beau’s brewmaster Matthew O’Hara to develop connections between Beau’s certified organic craft beer and all the best the culinary world has to offer. Beau’s will be showcasing the fruits of this brand-new partnership with paired beer and food at the upcoming Ottawa Wine and Food Festival, November 7-9, 2014.
At age 17, Chef Bruce remembers savouring a spicy bowl of authentic Jamaican curry and, in his words, “seeing the world in colour.” Long-time Ottawa foodies will remember Chef Bruce early on at Mariposa Farms, a hidden gem farm restaurant east of Ottawa, as well as the inaugural chef at The Urban Element. After spending a bit of time working out on Salt Spring Island, BC, Chef Bruce returned to Ontario and is now working with the award-winning local brewery full time.
“Bruce is a great guy, and also a true pioneer of the farm-to-table movement – he’s been advocating for local and sustainable food for years,” says Beau’s co-founder Steve Beauchesne. “We are super-excited to have him join the Beau’s team, and also about all the cool things we can do now with his knowledge and skill to draw on.”
So, what exactly does a chef do when he finds himself working for a craft brewery? “So far, I’ve been focused on developing recipes that incorporate and pair well with Beau’s beers,” says Chef Bruce. “We can use these recipes to serve at events like Ottawa Food and Wine this weekend, but we also want to make these recipes accessible, so people who like and buy Beau’s beer can try them at home.”
Chef Bruce notes that he will also be hosting Beau’s beer dinners and other fun education sessions about beer and food matching, helping local restaurants develop Beau’s beer-paired menu items, and of course, bringing “general all-around culinary genius” to the table – both literally and figuratively.
For those curious to try out Chef Bruce’s & Beau’s beer-inspired creations, the Ottawa Food and Wine Festival Nov. 7-9 will feature Beau’s Mission Accomplished IPA paired with Monte Cristo sandwiches, The Tom Green Beer! milk stout paired with dark-beer-baked gingerbread, and Kissmeyer Nordic Pale Ale with a tartlet of house-smoked trout, herbs and cream.
In addition, four different recipe cards from Chef Bruce (including the Monte Cristo sandwiches and dark-beer-infused gingerbread, included as links below) will be inserted into Beau’s new holiday mix pack, Best of Beau’s, which hits LCBO shelves in early November.