Our mission is simple. We want you to discover the best restaurants in Ottawa and Gatineau.
Experience Food seeks to showcase Ottawa's best food through culinary experiences and events. We present food as the result of a thoughtful process of creation equal to any other art form. This means that our selection of restaurants is carefully curated to feature passionate and driven chefs and artisans. We strive to distinguish ourselves from other food tours this way. While other food tour companies bring people to any restaurant, we guarantee that you will discover the best a neighbourhood has to offer.
Currently, we offer tours in 7 different areas of Ottawa (ByWard Market, Old Hull, Elgin street, Centertown, The Glebe, Little Italy, and Hintonburg). All of the regions feature a Gourmet Experience and a Premium Experience. Both these experiences consist of 4 course progressive dinners. During these tours, each restaurant is tasked with presenting a dish with a drink pairing that will impress the guests. A guide takes groups of 2 to 12 people for the Gourmet Experience or 2 to 8 people for the Premium Experience to these restaurants and informs the guests about the neighbourhood and the restaurants along the way. The difference between the Gourmet and Premium Experiences are the price points. The Premium Experience offers more top-shelf ingredients to the guests. The price is therefore higher.
We also offer a Tasting Experience and a Youth Experience in the ByWard Market. Both of these are more traditional food tours. Guests follow a guide around the Market and stop at 8 to 12 places to sample some of the best food this neighbourhood has to offer. These tours are a great way to spend an afternoon out tasting amazing food. The difference between the Youth and Tasting Experiences is the service of alcohol. The Youth Experience does not contain any.
We mostly feature chef owned and operated establishments.
Mathieu (the owner)
Mathieu is the definition of a foodie! He loves to try new and original food, and he's always seeking new places to eat and drink.
An Ottawa resident for almost 12 years now, he comes from the small town of Casselman a half hour East of Ottawa. The son of a Chef de cuisine and caterer (www.TBBCatering.ca), he was raised in food and appreciates classic French cuisine as much as eclectic fusion and non-traditionnal fare. Good food is a staple in his life.
Throughout his 12 years as a server and a bartender he's had the opportunity to learn what makes good restaurants good. Now, he organizes tours that help people discover the best places to go for truly good food. According to him, good food is a mixture of technique, fresh ingredients and passion. Some restaurants have some of these components while others don't. What Mathieu looks for when developping tours are the restaurants that fulfill these criteria. Above all, however, Mathieu looks for originality and elements that distinguish establishements, as well as attention to detail in the food as well as in the service.
A PHD student in the Faculty of Sociology at the University of Ottawa, Mathieu also has a passion for understanding society. He appreciates the importance of history and culture, and believes that food is the reflection of this. He's had the opportunity to work at very good restaurants in Ottawa and has gathered a lot of knowledge of food and wine during this time.
You can trust that Mathieu chooses restaurants that will satisfy you!