crEATive restaurant crawl

Sunday, March 23, 4 – 7 pm

OZ Café, 327 Wine Bar, Union 613



Food photos by Talhia McNeil


On Sunday, March 23, the GuerillaCRAWL stopped in at some fine eating and art-viewing establishments for crEATive, an innovative restaurant crawl that paired master chefs with visual art maestros for a trio of plate tastings along Somerset and Elgin. The crEATive event was created by Tahlia McNeil and Angelina McCormick—and the pubic was invited to get a taste of the action.


Resident chefs offered rare works of culinary art served as small plates and paired with a selected wine—all inspired by the visual art on display.

OZ Cafe

361 Elgin Street

CHEF: Simon Bell 

After completing his first year of a fine arts degree at Concordia University in 1997, Simon Bell took time off to do some traveling. He worked as a line cook to help pay bills and hasn’t looked back since.


Bell’s dish (photo at top): Beef heart and scallop ceviche with capers, olives, yuzu and shrimp chips.


Bell says: “When Char showed me her art work I was really drawn to one piece in particular that had a heart pattern and a transposed image of someone drinking from a clear glass bottle.”


OZ CAFE ARTIST: Charlotte Healey

Born and raised in Ottawa, Charlotte Healey is a Canterbury High visual arts graduate and York University film school drop out who bartends to support her artistic obsession.


Healey’s art: HomeBody is a series of mixed media pieces (including Hearts, pictured here) that serves as “a record of the passage of time … It’s an ode to the stay-in-bed-all-day days,” says Healey.

Hearts, Charlotte Healey

11 x 12 inches, watercolour and acrylic on acetate



327 Somerset Street West


CHEF: Brad Henderson

An honours graduate from Algonquin College Culinary Management in 1999, Brad Henderson held leadership roles in various Ottawa hotels and restaurants and later founded Food Event Catering, which eventually became part of 327 Wine Bar.


Brad’s dish: Chipotle BBQ duck confit slider, pickled Bermuda onion, dressed baby rocket.


Brad says: “The colours of Alexander’s quadriptych suggest to me that they have been torn apart and are attempting to find their place on the canvas, all pulled together by a smattering of red (BBQ sauce) and embraced with a fresh olive green (dressed baby rocket).”

327 WINE BAR ARTIST: Alexander Slim  

Born in 1980 in Ottawa, Alexander Slim studied at the Ottawa School of Art and Algonquin College but considers himself self taught. He paints freely in the moment with no clear idea of the final product. Slim has exhibited in Ottawa, Montreal and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.


Strong Arm, Alexander Slim

30 x 80 inches quadriptych, acrylic and enamel on canvas




315 Somerset Street West


CHEF: Darren Flowers

Originally from Fredericton, New Brunswick, Darren Flowers is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of Canada and has cooked in establishments everywhere from St. Peter’s Bay, PEI to Vancouver, British Columbia. Darren moved to Ottawa in 2005 and has worked at some the city’s finest restaurants.


Darren’s dish: Foie mousse and a spicy pickled duck heart, served in a small mason jar with a side of Arrowroot-style cookies.


Darren says: “The pickled heart will be partially concealed beneath the foie mousse. This gives the seemingly innocuous and whimsical dish an aggressive turn in texture and flavor—a contrast present in Marc’s art work.  


UNION 613 ARTIST: Marc Adornato
Marc Adornato received a degree in fine arts from NSCAD University in Halifax in 2001. He is a multidisciplinary artist who typically smashes, burns, and shreds shit to pieces and then reassembles the remnants into new wholes. This “assemblage/remix” style is applied to his video, sculpture, and 2-D work, hybrid furniture building, and antique MP3 radio creations. 

Adornato’s art: Martyrs and Messiahs is an extension of a recent series that explores the ubiquity of violence in our media culture and the impact of terrorism on society.


Martyrs and Messiahs,
Marc Adornato
20 x 20 x 12 inches, vintage doll, radio and telephone parts, sheepskin