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My Evening With Chef Marysol Foucault And Egg Farmers Of Canada #FarmToChef

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Meat Press Egg Farmers #FarmToChef Event

I often accept invites to events around Ottawa partly as a means to experience something new, something different, and often, something wonderfully unexpected.

My evening at Meat Press – Creative Charcuterie and Sandwich Shop, in Ottawa’s trendy Hintonburg area, was one of those unexpected delights – an unforgettable evening of “eggs-quisite” appetizers brought to us by Egg Farmers of Canada and Chef Marysol Foucault of Chez Edgar in Gatineau, Quebec.

Arriving at the nondescript Meat Press building on Armstrong Street, I remarked to my friend Emily from Best of This Life, and the one who graciously invited me to attend this event with her, that on any other day, I could have easily walked by this establishment and not realized the treasures it held inside.

Meat Press Ottawa

A warm and comfortable atmosphere greeted us. I almost felt like I was in a friend’s home.

Offering some tantalizing menu options such as Savory Smoked Ham, Duck Terrine, Ibérico Chorizo, and Charcuterie and Cheese, Meat Press is a neighbourhood eatery well deserving of some attention.

Celebrating Canada’s local food movement, Egg Farmers of Canada brought local chefs and foodies – and of course, farm-fresh Canadian eggs – together for the evening in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, and here at Meat Press in Ottawa.

From west coast smoked salmon fritters, to Cape Breton snow crab and egg salad bites, #FarmToChef guests across Canada tasted a variety of culinary creations from leading Canadian chefs, who added their own spin on egg hor d’oeuvres.

Our #FarmToChef culinary experience here in Ottawa, began with this delicacy:

Meat Press Egg Farmers Chef Edgar

Beet Cured Trout on Rosti with Mimosa Egg and Trout Roe

Meat Press Egg Farmers #FarmToChef Event

Beet Cured Trout on Rosti with Mimosa Egg and Trout Roe

One bite of this trout, Chef Marysol Foucault’s take on a recipe created by Chef Lynn Crawford, shattered all my assumptions of what this evening was going to be.

My mouth was so in love with this first appetizer, I could hardly wait to see what else was in store for us during our #FarmToChef evening at Meat Press.

Next up was a creation by Gatineau’s Chef Marysol Foucault:

Meat Press Egg Farmers #FarmToChef Event

Dill Bread with Egg Salad and Apple Bites

This was simply mouth-watering. You can actually find the recipe for Chef Foucault’s Dill Bread with Egg Salad and Apple Bites on the Egg Farmers of Canada website.

Another highlight of the evening was this Smoked Egg Yolk on Herbed Yogurt and Fried Eggplant, an incredibly tasty creation by Chef Marysol Foucault:

Meat Press Egg Farmers #FarmToChef Event

Smoked Egg Yolk on Herbed Yogurt and Fried Eggplant

Meat Press Egg Farmers #FarmToChef Event

Smoked Egg Yolk on Herbed Yogurt and Friend Eggplant

Credit can be given to the brilliant Canadian chefs like Chef Marysol Foucault, for creating these divine recipes, however, our feast of egg-ceptional appetizers was made by Meat Press Chef Étienne Cuerrier and his team.

Chef Cuerrier and his team were working their magic behind the scenes, presenting us with another sight to behold:

Meat Press Egg Farmers #FarmToChef Event

Egg Bread with Grilled Swiss Chard, Sour Cream, and Radish

This Egg Bread with Grilled Swiss Chard, Sour Cream, and Radish was spectacular. I could have easily eaten a complete supper of this appetizer. It’s a tough choice but, I’d have to say, this was my favourite appetizer of the evening.

Of course, this next appetizer ranked right up there too. Who doesn’t love a combination that features, mushrooms, onions and eggs? Definitely one of my favourite combos.

Meat Press Egg Farmers #FoodToChef Event

Mushroom, Onion, and Soft-Boiled Egg Tarlets

I always knew eggs were so versatile, however, my evening at the #FarmToChef event with Chef Foucault and Egg Farmers of Canada, took eggs to whole new level! Now…if only I could convince Chef Foucault to come to my home to make me some of these tasty egg appetizers every day – I’d be in egg heaven!

The ONLY thing better than a farm-fresh egg appetizer that evening were these doughnuts created by Chef Trevor Bird of Fable Kitchen in Vancouver:

Meat Press Egg Farmers #FarmToChef Event

Churros with Nutella Caramel

Served warm, these churros were unbelievably fresh, and simply melted in my mouth. I would never dare attempt to make these myself. My hips could not take the vast quantities I would eat! And yes…I snuck two of these that night. Shhhhh!

Meat Press Egg Farmers #FarmToChef Event

Brigitte, Hélène, Emily, Julie, Paula and Judy

A fabulous evening at Meat Press was topped off by the fact that I got to spend time with some wonderful friends: Emily from Best of This Life, Hélène from La Cuisine d’Hélène, Julie from Try Small Things, Judy from Ottawa Foodie Girlz, Brigitte from The Food Tease, and Paula Roy, Food Editor of Ottawa At Home and blogger at Constantly Cooking.

A big thank you to Egg Farmers of Canada, Chef Marysol Foucault, and Chef Cuerrier and his team at Meat Press for a fabulous #FarmToChef evening!

Love local, farm-fresh food? Stay tuned to the blog. Coming up in October I will be taking you on another Farm and Food Care Ontario tour!



  1. August 31, 2016

    La Cuisine d'Helene

    It was great spending the night with you and all of the other bloggers. Food was delicious and the doughnuts are still in my dreams!

    • August 31, 2016


      So wonderful to spend the evening together, Helene!! It was great to see you again 🙂 Weren’t those doughnuts amazing?! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. August 31, 2016

    Sarah at Journeys of The Zoo

    Caviar and egg, doesn’t get much better then that. Assuming a nice glass of wine and friends of course. Great to hear that you enjoyed yourself so much and thanks for taking us along for the ride.

    Besos Sarah.

    • August 31, 2016


      It really doesn’t, Sarah, especially when you add in friends 🙂 Speaking of…hope I get to see you again soon! Thanks so much for stopping by! xo

  3. August 30, 2016

    Julie @trysmallthings

    You took so many great pictures, Sandy! My mouth is watering seeing all of the delicious appies again. I hope we’ll see each other again soon!

    • August 30, 2016


      Thanks Julie!! I was writing this while hungry…which didn’t exactly make it easy! It was such a great evening and so wonderful to spend time with you. Here’s to another get together soon. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. August 30, 2016


    Wow! Everything looks so delicious. Beautiful appetizers. I will have to try and replicate a couple of these. Lucky you to try chorizo Iberico. That is the best chorizo you can get.
    Nice write up and pictures Sandy!

    • August 30, 2016


      I bet you could replicate the recipes perfectly, Christina. I have no doubt! I did not get to try the Chorizo Iberico though. That is on the regular menu at Meat Press 🙂 How wonderful to know though, that it’s the best chorizo you can get. Thanks for your kind words and for stopping by!

  5. August 30, 2016


    those doughnuts looks so goooooood!

    • August 30, 2016


      Oh they sooooo were, Joy!! You are a girl after my own heart 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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