the food of love

6 03 2008

Last night I went to a cooking class at the Urban Element with some family members. UE holds a special spot in my heart because it’s where my beloved and I got married almost four months ago. It’s a cooking studio for both staged classes and private events. We discovered the place a year ago, when we were trying to decide whether to get married or not.

Whatshisname and I are both somewhat non-traditional when it comes to traditions. That’s not to say we don’t appreciate tradition, but we tend to analyze every aspect of them to the nth degree before deciding how we’ll proceed with our version. (I imagine we’re somewhat tiring to watch when we get in these discussions…) Anyways, when we were discussing whether to get married, we realized that a huge part of that decision revolved around what the ceremony would be like. In our minds, we already felt married in a sense. But the idea of celebrating that union with our families appealed to us.

So, we started talking about a ceremony. Food had to be central, and as local as possible. We heard about the Urban Element and liked what its website had to say:

“We at the Urban Element believe in supporting the farmers who grow our food, the artisans that produce our cheeses and other handmade foods and the small, local companies that bring these items to our door.”

And we wanted the night to be fun for everyone, with an air of mingling, laughter, and common ground with others. From our first visit to UE, we knew we’d found the right place. Carley and Oliver have created a business that celebrates food, eating and socializing. With their open kitchen, hands-on approach, and deliciously good food, you can’t help but feel at home as soon as you walk in.

Our wedding celebration was fantastic. And so was the class last night, and every other class I’ve attended there. If you’re in the Ottawa area, treat yourself to a class at the Urban Element. And if you’re not, schedule a night to celebrate food sometime soon, no matter how you want to do it. Food is so much more than fuel.

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