Media release: Ottawa Tourism Partners with La Tablée des Chefs to Improve Food Recovery in the Tourism Industry

OTTAWA, May 30, 2024 — Ottawa Tourism announces a groundbreaking partnership with La Tablée des Chefs, an organization that recovers surplus food for redistribution to community organizations that help people in need.

Led by Ottawa Tourism in collaboration with multiple community partners for the benefit of the whole community, Ottawa’s Destination Stewardship Plan outlines the necessity for the tourism industry to elevate sustainability and social responsibility. With this in mind, Ottawa Tourism is helping to address the social issue of food insecurity by acting as a liaison and facilitator between hospitality partners and La Tablée des Chefs.

Along with eight hospitality partners across the National Capital Region, Ottawa Tourism hopes to raise awareness through this partnership about food waste recovery and the importance of addressing food insecurity in our communities.

“This partnership represents a significant step forward in our efforts to build a more resilient and sustainable tourism industry,” says Michael Crockatt, President and CEO of Ottawa Tourism. “We are proud to be joining forces with an organization as talented and thoughtful as La Tablée des Chefs, with whom we know we can make a meaningful impact on both environmental and social fronts, towards the broader wellbeing of our community.”

“We are really encouraged by Ottawa Tourism’s leadership in being the first Destination Organization to directly join our efforts to move the industry in the right direction,” says Jean-François Archambault, Founder and CEO of La Tablée des Chefs. “Food waste is a real concern and I am happy to see we can turn this into something so positive for everyone involved.”

More information can be accessed through Ottawa Tourism’s website. Interested organizations are invited to contact Ottawa Tourism to learn how they can get involved and become a part of this transformative movement.

About Ottawa Tourism

Through its values of inclusivity, trust, collaboration, and innovation, Ottawa Tourism pursues its vision to be one of Canada’s most visited, sustainable, vibrant, and appealing urban destinations, as well as the tourism authority for key economic development and city-building decisions in Ottawa.

About La Tablée des Chefs

La Tablée des Chefs is a non-profit organization whose mission can be summed up in two words: feed and educate. Feed today, to fight food insecurity, and educate young people to develop their food autonomy. Since its beginnings in 2002, La Tablée des Chefs has made it possible to feed those dealing with food insecurity by distributing more than 17.6 million cooked portions and has educated more than 63,000 young people by developing their food autonomy through its various programs.

For more information, please contact:

Jérôme Miousse
Director, Public Affairs
Ottawa Tourism

Anne Tessier-Bouchard 
Communications Advisor 
La Tablée des Chefs 

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