Even though Oktoberfest doesn't actually happen DURING October (no, not even in Germany!), it's a great way to ring in the new season and the harvest. Many of Ottawa's (and the region's) best restaurants get together and show their stuff.
As a chef, I always aspire to find new ways of cooking. Having met the infamous Mexican ex-pat and food anthropologist Diana Kennedy, I knew I had to make Mexico a destination so that I could explore their food culture. Local chocolate, coffee and fruit were such a treat during this Canadian winter repreve.