Led by General Manager Matt Graham and Executive Chef Stephen La Salle, the new Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market brought a taste of Ottawa to Toronto last night (Nov. 17) during an industry event at The Spoke Club.
Guests were treated to special fare, including elk, and cocktails, as well as a live art installation, as hotel officials promoted the newly opened Ottawa boutique hotel.
Marking the brand’s official entry into Canada, the 200-room Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market opened in August. Amenities include a restaurant and bar, rooftop lounge and meeting space.
GM Graham told PressToday the hotel celebrates all things Ottawa, using as much local products as possible, from fresh produce to soaps to artwork.
“With the support of local designers, artisans and creative minds, this incredible hotel celebrates the very best of local culture here in Ottawa and aims to inspire guests and locals,” he said. “We’re a part of the community.”
Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market worked with award-winning interior design firm Mason Studio to bring the hotel’s local vision to life. Each floor of the 16-storey hotel reflects the history and character of a Canadian province or territory. Artwork throughout the hotel gives a nod to its surrounding culture and has been curated by the Canadian Council Art Bank, home to the largest collection of contemporary Canadian art.
Helmed by Executive Chef La Salle the hotel’s dining venues are described as “richly Canadian in atmosphere and pan-Canadian in flavour.” The hotel’s signature restaurant, feast + revel, is built around the view surrounding its exterior, extending throughout the ByWard Market, and features “New Canadian” cuisine with an ingredient-driven menu emphasizing local, organic, hormone-free and sustainable products.
“Our approach when it comes to food and beverage is all about creating a social space that brings people together and offers incredible options inspired by Ottawa’s culture,” said LaSalle. “Ottawa has deep culinary influences from France and England so our food pays homage to this history with British and French touches. We also want our options to be representative of all Ottawa has to offer, so we’re excited to be working with local farmers, artisans, brewers, winemakers and others who are helping us to craft a truly special experience.”
Pictured is the Andaz Ottawa team of Graham, Rachel Kerr and La Salle.