The first of the new batch of street food in Ottawa debuted tonight at Kichesippi Beer Co. Ottawa Streat Gourmet was on hand for their inaugural service at the Mixed Spring Greens event for Young Environmental Professionals.
Chef Ben Baird’s truck is colourfully wrapped with iconic scenes from around Ottawa. The truck itself may be almost 20 years old, but the equipment inside is brand new and spotless. Baird proudly displayed the trucks first earned $20 bill on the pristine kitchen walls above the large industrial sinks.
The menu is diverse and inspired from many regions around the world. We dug into the slow roasted lamb taco first, and were not disappointed..
Chili marinated pork, lemon sour cream, salsa, queso fresco.
Baird is also working closely with new local soda maker Harvey & Verns and included their ginger beer in the dipping sauce for his shrimp lollipops.
Whalesbone shrimp lollipop, H&V’s ginger beer dip and sesame slaw
No good Canadian can turn down a poutine, and Baird’s (almost healthy) Indo-Canadian version was a perfect way to top off the dinner experience.
Yam fries, coconut/chickpea curry, yogurt paneer.
The overall quality of the food was excellent and the truck was definitely a hit with the crowd. As they discussed business and roamed around the brewery, the participants were often heard raving about the food. Food trucks and craft breweries are regularly seen pairing up for events across North America and it seems that Kichespippi and Ottawa Streat Gourmet are well on their way to a successful partnership for future endeavours.
Baird and his staff are enthusiastic about the upcoming summer and look forward to May when they can finally get set up on their street location at the corner of Queen and O’Connor. Until then, stay tuned to their Twitter and Facebook pages for possible pop-ups and be sure to catch them outside Scotiabank Place for the final 4 games of the Ottawa Senators season, as well as during the playoffs!!
Congrats Chef Baird, welcome to our street food community!!