August 26, 27 & 28, 2021
The 2021 Chef’s Table Series partners with the National Arts Centre to present an outdoor dining experience on a terrace in the heart of the city, with live music performed on a unique floating stage on the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO world heritage site.
Chef Renée Lavallée (‘The Canteen’, Dartmouth N.S.)
Chef Renée Lavallée was born and raised in Shawville, Que. She left home at an early age to attend George Brown College in Toronto. After more than 20 crazy years in the business, including many stints in restaurants around the world, Renée has now called Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, home for 15 years.
After a brief hiatus to raise her family, Renée jumped back into the ring to open The Canteen. After fewer than three busy years, The Canteen opened up a brand new full-service restaurant and takeout shop called Little C only two blocks from its original location.
Renée has a long list of professional accolades, which include a first place in The Gold Medal Plates in 2014, and has been the spokesperson for a number of culinary brands and organizations, including Taste of Nova Scotia, Select Nova Scotia, Community Food Centres Canada and Dairy Farmers of Canada. Some may also recognize her from her appearance on Top Chef Canada in 2019.
Renée is an ardent supporter of local farmers, fishers, and various other types of food producers. She can often be spotted at any number of local farmers’ markets with Doug, daughter Zoe and son Philippe in tow.
We’re very excited she’s returned to share her award-winning vision of East Coast cuisine!
Chef Kenton Leier (National Arts Centre)
Executive Chef Kenton Leier brings enthusiasm, passion, and creativity to the kitchens at Canada’s National Arts Center.
He is a second-generation chef, born and raised in Saskatoon, in the heart of the prairies. His culinary philosophy relies on the use of sustainable and locally sourced ingredients of the highest quality and letting their inherent qualities stand out in his dishes.
Chef Leier led teams in Ottawa’s finest hotel kitchens before moving to the NAC in 2017. He has cooked for celebrities, politicians and dignitaries, won numerous medals nationally and internationally and taught young cooks at Ottawa’s Algonquin College.
He is committed to promoting growth and excellence in his team at the NAC and leads them in their mission to represent the best in Canadian cuisine.
Peach, Corn & Tomato Salad
with whipped feta, mint, shaved tomatillo & lime vinaigrette
Pan Seared Halibut
Summer vegetable hodge podge,
Watercress purée, nasturtium butter & crispy kale
Pudding Chômeur à la Lavallée
Music: Renée Landry
Recently named one of Ottawa’s best musicians on Ottawa Life Magazines’ “Best of Ottawa 2020” list, Renée Landry is a powerhouse of Northern Ontario soul. Hailing from Sault Ste. Marie, with her commanding stage presence and fierce vocal delivery, the Ottawa songstress weaves confessional stories of love gone wrong with 90’s pop-soul sensibilities.
A classically trained musician, Renée has performed at numerous venues & events over her career including Loplops Lounge, The Elmdale Tavern, The Rainbow, Options Jazz Lounge, Live! On Elgin, NAC Fourth Stage, Irene’s Pub, Ottawa Jazz Festival, and RBC’s Ottawa Bluesfest, just to name a few. Renée’s music often graces the Canadian airwaves on CBC Music and has been streamed all over the world from the UK to Japan.
Backed by her 7 piece soul band, her latest album “Like A Boss” (released January 2019) is a modern take on the beloved Motown sound. With empowering lyrics, heavy horn lines, and catchy melodies, Renée’s newest musical creation has been met with enthusiastic praise by critics and music lovers alike! Landry released her newest single “Best Wishes” early this past Spring, and is currently in production for her next project, to be released throughout 2021 and 2022.