An Intimate Evening with Chef Michael Smith at the Historic Lord Elgin Hotel

    OTTAWA, April 24 /CNW/ - Michael Smith, Canada's best-known chef will be
visiting the Historic Lord Elgin Hotel on May 1st, 2009 for a special evening
of culinary delights coupled with a cookbook signing in support of the Ottawa
Food Bank. Event details and tickets for this intimate evening featuring a
four-course gourmet dinner and wine pairing are available by calling (613)
    Sodexo, a world leader in comprehensive support solutions and the proud
food and beverage partner at the Lord Elgin Hotel has teamed up with Michael
Smith for this special evening, combining great food and conversation while
supporting local food recovery partner the Ottawa Food bank.
    Chef Michael is the winner of the James Beard Award for Cooking Show
Excellence and host of Chef Abroad, Chef at Home, Chef at Large and The Inn
Chef on Food Network Canada and in 26 other countries. Michael is an award
winning cookbook author, newspaper columnist, roving Canadian cuisine
ambassador, restaurant chef and home cook. His third cookbook, Chef at Home is
a smash hit across Canada.
    An extraordinary downtown location, exemplary service and more are what
make Lord Elgin Hotel an Ottawa landmark. On your next visit, walk into a
landmark hotel and walk out to Confederation Park, the National Arts Centre,
Rideau Canal, Ottawa Congress Centre, Parliament Buildings and the Ottawa
Rideau Centre for shopping, dining, entertainment and festivals. Originally
built in 1941 and recently expanded, Lord Elgin hotel offers chic boutique
style guestrooms reflective of Ottawa's elegance. Pick up a Starbucks
Coffee(R) on-site, take a dip in the indoor pool/whirlpool, or dine in the
Elgin Café. 15 Meeting rooms accommodate groups of up to 195 people.
    The Lord Elgin Hotel has been given top honours as Ottawa's 'Star Hotel
Property of the Year' for 2008. The award recognizes Lord Elgin's outstanding
efforts to serve guests and create a unique experience for Ottawa visitors
while maintaining its landmark heritage in Canada.

    Sodexo, Inc. (, part of the international Sodexo Group, is
the leading comprehensive support solutions company in the Canada, the US and
Mexico, with $9.2 billion (CND) in annual revenue and 120,000 employees.
Sodexo serves more than ten million customers daily in corporations, health
care, hotels, long term care and retirement centers, schools, college
campuses, government and remote sites. Sodexo Canada, Ltd funds the Sodexo
Foundation an independent charitable organization that, since its founding in
2001, has donated more than 400,000 free meals to at risk youth in Canada.

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