If you were on social media at all during the evening of Monday, February 23rd you probably noticed the hashtag #TheSecretSupper was trending. That’s because bloggers and media personalities from across the Ottawa region were invited to the Elmdale Oyster House & Tavern for a secret evening of cocktails, appetizers and a 5-course meal. The Secret Supper was a fun mystery dining experience in which the food being served was from a Canadian brand, but the name behind that brand was left a mystery until after the final (delicious) course was served.
Using only ingredients provided by the mysterious food label, Chef Michael Radford of the Elmdale Oyster House & Tavern, created delectable gourmet-quality dishes including croquettes au fromage, baby scallop ceviche, herb roasted lamb poutine (which was my absolutely favourite of the evening), grilled pork tenderloin with buttered peas, braised cabbage and pecan apple bacon bourbon chutney, as well as key lime toasted coconut “pie” for dessert.
It was only after the meal had “wowed” the entire crowd, including well-known Canadian cookbook author, columnist and television host, Margaret Dickenson, that the brand was revealed. After many guesses as to who the brand could be, including Whole Foods, Sobeys and Roots, host Derick Fage of Rogers Daytime Ottawa revealed that the evening’s menu was masterfully prepared using ingredients from Giant Value Brand and product available exclusively at Giant Tiger.
I think some guests from The Secret Supper are still picking their jaws up off the floor. Lauren Moir, the VP of Marketing at Giant Tiger, is making it her mission to show Canadians the value and quality that Giant Tiger has to offer consumers and that, contrary to popular belief, you can make great tasting and nutritious meals without having to pay big money for “those other fancy schmancy brands.”
The Secret Supper was the perfect way to get people talking about great food and an even better way to show people that such great food can be found at Giant Tiger! I already shop at Giant Tiger – their prices on fresh foods cannot be beat! So, the next time you are meal planning and writing out your shopping list, make sure to include Giant Tiger on your list – it’s the only store where you can eat like royalty without it costing you a fortune!
Thank you to Blackbook Lifestyle, Lauren Moir and the entire team at Giant Tiger responsible for putting together such a fun and educational evening. I will definitely be expanding my grocery list the next time I am shopping at Giant Tiger to include some of the delicious tastes experienced at The Secret Supper!