Instead of going out for a three course meal at an Ottawa restaurant, why not bring luxurious dishes to you?  Sometimes we don’t have the flexibility, time or desire to dine out on a busy night like Valentine’s Day. That doesn’t mean you can’t experience that fine dining experience, at your pace, in the comfort of your own home.


Chef Resa Solomon-St.Lewis, the owner of Capital Fare Café and Baccanalle Caribbean Lifestyle Foods, has a developed a special Valentine’s Day Table d’hôte Menu for you to order and to take home. High five to that


Week #67 Challenge: Order a Valentine’s Day Table d’hôte from Capital Fare Café!


Full-disclosure: I was granted a promotion to test try this special 3 course dinner menu.

How did I discover Chef Resa? She was a vendor at an Ottawa Christmas Market I attended, which actually ties in with next week’s activity but I digress. Her dishes combine both Canadian and Caribbean flavours and her creations have earned her the People’s Choice Award at the Ottawa Embassy Chef Challenge in 2015.


Chef Resa Solomon-St-Lewis is the owner and founder of:


  • Baccanalle: Caribbean Inspired Lifestyle foods including spice blends, condiments, drinks and prepared meals; and,
  • Capital Fare Café: a little restaurant located at 595 Montreal Road that serves up fresh and take home options with vegan and gluten-free options and a touch of the Caribbean..


Valentine’s Day Take Home Table d’Hôte


Her Valentine’s Day Menu is available for purchase from now up until February 10th, 2018. View the detailed menu HERE.


Each Table d’Hôte includes:


First Course

  • Roasted Carrot Soup


Second Course

  • Select one of three Main options: Stuffed Jerk Chicken, Vegan Curry Duo, Tamarind-Rum Shrimp.

Each one is served with vegetable rice pilaf, roasted broccoli & cauliflower as well as pineapple-mango chutney.


Third course

  • No meal is complete without dessert.

It’s a debate between a Pina Colada Carrot Cake with Rum Cream Frosting vs a coffee infused mini mousse & chocolate chip cookie.


Complimentary with each meal: a Coconut Roast Bake (a Trinidadian style bread), reheating instructions and a gift for your table!


Have dietary restrictions? No problem, Chef Resa presents gluten-free and/or vegan options for each course. indicates which options are gluten-free and/or vegan.



The cost is very reasonable and is determined based on the Main course you select. Ranging between $30 to $36 per Table d’Hôte selected.


Want that extra wow factor?

You can add extra accompaniments to your order such as:


The tricky part is determining what you want to order as each plate is so unique. Chef Resa was kind enough to let me order from this menu in advance to showcase what is included. Let’s dig in, shall we?!




Started off with a Roasted Carrot Soup and champagne (our own bottle) in which we added Spiced Hibiscus flowers that came with our meal.




Main Course

You can simply reheat all the little containers, based on the instructions, and set them up on the table to help yourselves to everything.



We chose the 5 Vegetable Curry with Black Lentil Dahl (which is both vegan and essentially gluten-free). The Coconut Loaf, which is included with every meal, is fantastic! It’s a must try, I promise.




Ended on a high note with the Carrot Cake with Rum Cream Frosting! A vegan version of this cake is also available.



Every dish component was full of colour and flavour, we ate as much as we could and still had leftovers.



How do I place an order?

Orders can be placed from now until February 10th, 2018 by e-mail at: or online.


Your Table d’Hôte can be picked up between 1pm-6pm on either February 14th, 15th or 16th at Capital Fare Café! Parking is free under 15 minutes, therefore it’s best to establish a specific pick-up time.



Getting to experience a chef-prepared meal at home was so convenient and fun! Why not treat your Valentine to this intimate experience?!


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  • Claire

    Very interesting concept to try. Sounds great. A nice way to explore foods from
    a different culture. A special occasion is a nice way indeed.

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