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new years eve on the town: two six ate (giveaway)

Earlier this week I launched a New Year's Eve giveaway for the homebodies so be sure to enter if you fancy a night in. But as promised, now I've got a giveaway for the partiers and night owls! I've teamed up with Two Six Ate to give you a night on the town. Pretty sweet eh?

Two Six {Ate} is one of my favourite restos in Ottawa, and it's run by the 100% awesome team of Emily Ienzi (front of house) and Steve Harris (heads up the kitchen). They're smack in the middle of Little Italy at 268 Preston (near Gladstone) and you'll see plenty of nods to Italy on the menu. Their food is inspired by local, fresh, sustainable products, and they create contemporary variations on classic munchies -- with just about everything prepared in house. And they're open Wednesday-Monday from 4:00pm-2:00am.

They change up the menu all the time, which keeps regulars like me coming back for more. That said, Steve if you ever take your confit poutine off the menu I'll be inconsolable. Two Six Ate's food, cocktails are creative, delicious, and affordable, and the service is always top notch (shout-out to Roopa!). Added bonus: it's stumbling distance from chez moi. This is my local. I love it.

I was SUPER stoked when Emily and Steve told me they were working on something for New Year's, and I've got all the deets for ya. $65/person gets you a 4-course table d'hôte menu, a glass of bubbly, and access to the best party on Preston Street. They'll have two seatings: an early service from 5:00pm-7:30pm, and a late service from 8:00pm-10:00, and you can add wine pairings for $30/person. Emily and Steve always pick out great wines so I'll definitely be taking them up on that.

After dinner DJ Grusm (a Sunday night staple at Two Six Ate) will be spinning tunes well into the new year. If you’re planning on skipping dinner and just want to come by for the party, feel free to stop in anytime after 10:30pm: no lines, no cover, just good times and a wicked dance party!

To reserve your seats for dinner, call Two Six Ate at 613.695.8200 and be sure to mention any allergies when you book. Now get a load of this octopus:

Here's Two Six Ate's menu for NYE!

1st course

shrimp on toast nordic shrimp scapece / scallop / ciabatta / n’duja / crème fraiche


citrus salad popcorn foie gras / radish / greens / duck bottarga / farmer’s cheese

2nd course

pasta a l’orange

duck agnolotti / pine nut / truffle / herbs / grand marnier / smoked duck brodo



white fish / chili / urchin bottarga / puffed farro / quince vinegar / herbs / hollandaise mayo

3rd course

venison loin

bone marrow bordelaise / prairie rice / wild mushrooms / spanish onion / fermented green peppercorns / confit parsnip


rolled hen

cornish hen / cognac foie jus / pickled cherries / turnip mash / beet emulsion / sauer sweet potato dumplings

dessert and bubbly

dessert board for 2 or more

variety of desserts served with prosecco

$65 plus taxes and 18% gratuity

$30 wine pairings

Want to win New Year's dinner for two at Two Six Ate? Here's what to do!


1. Like Two Six Ate and Amy in 613 on Facebook.

2. Post a blog comment below telling me which menu item (past or present) you love the most.


3. For an extra entry, post an Instagram pic of something you want to try at Two Six Ate and tag @amyin613. Double points if you tag @twosixate too. Triple points if you tag your post with #613NYE.

4. For another extra entry, tweet something you want to try at Two Six Ate and tag @amyin613. Again, double points if you tag @twosixate and triple points if you tag your post with #613NYE.

5. Share this link on Facebook and tag the Amy in 613 Facebook page in your post.


1. Locals only. You'll have your choice of early or late seating on New Year's Eve.

2. Contest closes at 12:00pm (noon) on Tuesday December 29, 2015. Winner will be announced shortly after.


Ding ding ding!! We have a winner!! Congrats to Janessa Erin, who will be celebrating new years at Two six {ate}. Janessa, I hope you enjoy your first visit to this fabulous little resto, I'm sure it won't be your last!

To all those who entered, thanks for your enthusiasm for awesome local food! I hear Two Six Ate's 8pm seating is now full but there's still a bit of space at their 5pm seating. And come on out anytime after 10:30 to join the NYE dance party. NO COVER! See you there folks, time to cut a rug.

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