We held a fantastic event last night with local kitchen and cheese shop, Grace in the Kitchen and Serious Cheese. We have been long time customers of the store and when the idea came up to partner with them for one of our Discovering Ottawa events we couldn’t have been more thrilled.

After the store closed, we and 40 of our clients and supporters were welcomed into the store to enjoy our own private shopping event! Guests were greeted with a glass of wine while they entered the door prize draw for a Wellness Mat (amazing prize!!!! read more on them here.) and then they were shown around the store and told about the evening’s discounts and samplings. The staff of the store had made “Staff Picks” that ranged from convenient household items like cellphone holders to delicious condiments and spices. All of these were 15% off! There were also numerous sales going on in the store (which continue now) such as 30% off Le Creuset cookware which is a great deal. As a bonus at this time of year….there were so many items that would make perfect stocking stuffers from fun items like “bacon mints” to kitchen gadgets that someone will love but never knew they needed.

Along with great shopping there were samples to be had throughout the store. No need to stop at home for dinner, our guests were treated to two delicious types of housemade Mac & Cheese, one with truffle and bacon and one just cheese (I say “just cheese” very reluctantly). They were to die for and perfect for a cold, winter’s night. Also on the Serious Cheese side of the store, there were samplings of different cheese which they love to give out on any day. Not sure what cheese to buy? Ask the very informed staff and they will guide you to the perfect cheese for your occasion. Product representatives from Stonewall Kitchen and Robert Rothschild were present as well with a large sampling of their various condiments, one as delectable as the next! For dessert, a homemade Christmas Cake from the owner’s mother’s recipe!

Shopping, food, wine, laughter…the evening was a complete success and fun was had by all! We love partnering with local businesses for our events so we can encourage people to continue shopping locally and making connections throughout our community.

Stay tuned for our upcoming events and be sure to follow us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Discovering-Ottawa/387532821323161