Edgar re-opened yesterday after a much deserved holiday break and so I headed over specifically to pick up my 2014 Edgar calendar.
Flavour wizard and owner Marysol Foucault recently took Gold at the regional Gold Medal Plates competition here in Ottawa last November, winning her a spot to compete nationally. Ron Eade, food journalist and retired Food editor at the Ottawa Citizen, detailed that event.
The proceeds from the calendars are intended to defray travel costs for the Edgar team flying to Kelowna in February. Led by Marysol, they are going head to head with ten other top Canadian chefs at the Gold Medal Plates' Canadian Culinary Championships.
The calendar is a compilation of pictures that includes Marysol herself and also her colleagues from the wee eatery in Gatineau. What impressive team spirit and a great show of support.
Marysol is Miss July. She looks quite confident in her high-style swimwear and go-go boots. I seriously doubt any of her other competitors will have employed that kind of spunk and ingenuity just to get their entourage out to the west coast.
But it won't be her swimsuit that will win this competition. It will be her incredibly innate sense for understanding the complexity of flavours. Marysol knows how to make them and she knows how to lay them down together. Although the accomplished artist in her will help to create plates of beauty, in the end, flavour will be her secret weapon. Something the judges will not ignore.
Of course I couldn't have a mid-afternoon visit to Edgar without my requisite mug of Cha Yi Rooibos Safari tea. I like the peace and quiet in the place at that time of the day. To sit, arms stretched out at the front window as the team behind me takes a breath following the lunch rush. They are regrouping to get ready for the take-out crowd coming at the end of the day for their prepared meals.
I can't resist her chocolate dipped coconut macaroons. A substantial mound it is. I conquered it handily.
|Cha Yi Rooibos Safari Tea $2.50. Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroon $2.|
Marysol Foucault's food has been turning heads - those of her dining clientele and food critics alike - since Edgar opened October 2010 and Odile which opened in May 2012 (she has since closed Odile to manage her workload).
By all indications, her future continues to be bright. When her name is bandied about freely along with other well-known Canadian chefs, I'll be able to say, "I knew her when....".
The calendar is only $10. A keepsake for sure.
So, do you want to get a glimpse at Miss July? Then get thee to Edgar. Help Marysol travel to Kelowna to represent the Ottawa-Gatineau region and bring home Gold.
Ten bucks. Just ten bucks. It's a steal.
60 rue Bégin
Gatineau (Hull sector), Quebec
Tues to Fri: 10 am - 6:30 pm
Sat: 10 am - 5 pm (Brunch 10 am - 2 pm)
Sun: 9:30 am - 5 pm (Brunch 9:30 am - 2 pm)