STYLISH VENUES for mem­o­rable events


Ottawa Business Journal - Ottawa at Home - - PARTYING OUT - writ­ten by paula roy pho­tog­ra­phy by mark holleron

Ev­ery­one loves a party. Whether you are mark­ing a mile­stone birth­day or spe­cial an­niver­sary, cel­e­brat­ing a bar mitz­vah or a mar­riage, find­ing the ideal venue for an un­for­get­table oc­ca­sion can be tricky. Host­ing a big bash in your home might be warm and wel­com­ing, but then you’ve got the prepa­ra­tion and cleanup to con­sider. Restau­rants may of­fer great food, but some­times do not pro­vide the am­biance or pri­vacy you might be look­ing for. Ot­tawa at Home scouted out four lo­ca­tions that of­fer tremen­dous pos­si­bil­i­ties for your next spe­cial party. With three chic ur­ban spots and one tran­quil ru­ral set­ting on the list, plan­ning that ex­cep­tional event just got a whole lot eas­ier.



Whether you’re hunt­ing for a spot for a de­li­cious wine-tast­ing event, a cozy sit-down din­ner or a lively bit of in­ter­ac­tive din­ner the­atre, look no fur­ther than the Ur­ban El­e­ment. Own­ers Car­ley and Oliver Schelk opened this sump­tu­ous party space, housed in Ot­tawa’s old Fire­hall 11, five years ago and now host dozens of events each month. By stay­ing on top of all the lat­est trends, the Ur­ban El­e­ment treats the food and drink as part of the main event, rather than just an ac­ces­sory to your gath­er­ing.

The 1700-square-foot space is a seam­less blend of her­itage ar­chi­tec­ture and con­tem­po­rary flour­ishes. It’s an ur­ban-rus­tic en­vi­ron­ment that in­cludes a huge com­mu­nal din­ing ta­ble in one area, along­side an open top-notch kitchen where you and your guests can ei­ther dive in and help cre­ate your meal, or stand back and watch some of the city’s finest culi­nary ma­gi­cians at work. A cock­tail re­cep­tion for up to 65 guests might in­clude tast­ing sta­tions and an in­ter­ac­tive wine bar

Host­ing an event out­side the home al­lows you to be a guest at your own party!

— Amanda O’Reilly, CEO/ Founder InStyle & Co.

with an en­gag­ing som­me­lier. A sit down din­ner for 16 to 50 guests could be ei­ther a for­mal af­fair or a re­laxed fam­ily-style meal.

From baby show­ers where the guests pre­pare freezer-ready dishes for the new mom to cor­po­rate din­ners to in­ti­mate wed­ding cer­e­monies, the Ur­ban El­e­ment of­fers the op­por­tu­nity to host a truly ex­cep­tional event thanks to a team that knows how to make sure no de­tail, culi­nary or oth­er­wise, is over­looked.

The Ur­ban El­e­ment is at 424 Park­dale Av­enue. Visit http:// www. theur­banele­ment. ca or call 613.722.0885.

Stone­fields Her­itage Farm’s rich his­tory dates back to 1816. Lo­cated near Car­leton Place, just 20 min­utes from Kanata, it is now a charm­ing county re­treat. Stone­fields’ cur­rent own­ers, Stephanie Brown and Steve Malen­fant, lov­ingly re­ha­bil­i­tated the prop­erty and then threw the doors open to their home in 2010.

From the 150-year-old stone farm­house to small log build­ings and barns on the 120 acre prop­erty, the set­ting could not be more peace­ful and pic­turesque as tree-lined laneways give way to lush mead­ows with rus­tic fences. It’s ideal for cock­tails by the flag­stone-decked pool for a sum­mer event, with din­ner ei­ther in­doors or al fresco un­der the stars or in a white tent be­decked with strings of tiny lights. Given the abun­dance of nat­u­ral beauty at Stone­fields, lit­tle ad­di­tional dec­o­rat­ing is needed to make your event a daz­zling one.

The farm­house great room with its huge stone fire­place com­fort­ably ac­com­mo­dates up to 60 for din­ner. Flex­i­bil­ity is key – bring your own caterer, or look to Stephanie and Steve, who have years of event plan­ning ex­pe­ri­ence, for a per­sonal rec­om­men­da­tion. The vi­va­cious cou­ple of­fers up not only their en­tire prop­erty but also their ser­vices as cre­ative co­or­di­na­tors; they share a gen­uine ea­ger­ness to help cus­tom­ize all as­pects of an event to make it truly unique. With shut­tle ser­vices to Ot­tawa avail­able, as well as a wide range of nearby ac­com­mo­da­tion, Stone­fields is as ap­peal­ing for cor­po­rate events as it is for wed­dings, an­niver­saries and other par­ties.

Stone­fields Her­itage Farm is at 1985 9th Line, Beck­with; visit www. stone­field­sher­itage­farm. ca or call 613.253.3313.

Ot­tawa meets Man­hat­tan when West Welling­ton’s Cube Gallery is the set­ting for your spe­cial event. Imag­ine spend­ing an evening in a con­tem­po­rary, ur­ban set­ting re­plete with gor­geous art­work which adds an in­ter­est­ing new di­men­sion to your gath­er­ing.

The Cube’s 2600-square-foot open space fea­tures two large ad­join­ing rooms, in­clud­ing the Grand Room with its warm, raw can­vas­coloured walls, 12-foot ceil­ing, built-in multimedia pro­jec­tion sys­tem and high-end au­dio sys­tem. On a sec­ond level is the large sa­lon, with its bold multi-coloured walls and seven-foot bar. Thanks to its sit­u­a­tion in Ot­tawa’s most vi­brant arts and culi­nary district, food and drink pur­vey­ors abound in the area so it’s as easy to of­fer treats for the taste-buds as it is for the eyes.

Owner Don Monet has ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in stag­ing vernissages and other events and is quick to pro­vide rec­om­men­da­tions if you need help pulling to­gether your ideal party. In ad­di­tion, he gra­ciously waives cork­age and cleanup fees, mak­ing an event at the Cube that much more af­ford­able. With a light­ing sys­tem that can be ad­justed to cre­ate the per­fect mood, along with an open floor plan that cre­ates a nice flow dur­ing a party, the Cube is a dy­namic and wel­com­ing space.

Cube Gallery is at 1285 Welling­ton Street West. Visit www. cube­gallery. ca or call 613.728.2111.

For a fresh, hip lo­cale in the heart of the city, con­sider one of Ot­tawa’s new­est party palaces – Events InStyle in the By­Ward Mar­ket. Owner Amanda O’Reilly has a rep­u­ta­tion for at­tend­ing to even the small­est of de­tails, a skill honed through her years as a sought-af­ter per­sonal concierge.

Step­ping into the metic­u­lously trans­formed her­itage build­ing is al­most a mag­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence. Events InStyle’s 2000-square-foot space boasts high ceil­ings, ex­posed brick walls and hard­wood floors. The gleam­ing, open-con­cept kitchen is so luxe that any chef would be thrilled to work in it. The stylish dé­cor can be trans­formed to suit any event, with all the ameni­ties in­clud­ing at­trac­tive light­ing and a great sound sys­tem.

Whether it’s a ro­man­tic wed­ding cer­e­mony, cock­tails for 100 or a din­ner for up to 60 peo­ple, the space can be dressed up or down to cre­ate a per­son­al­ized mood. The team at Events InStyle helps each client stage the event of their dreams within bud­get, to en­sure a stress-free, mem­o­rable and fun ex­pe­ri­ence for all in­volved. Events InStyle can ei­ther con­nect you with some of the city’s top chefs and other ser­vice providers, or look af­ter all the de­tails so you are free to en­joy ev­ery sin­gle moment of your big oc­ca­sion.

Events InStyle is at 107 Mur­ray Street. Visit http:// eventsin­style. ca or call 613.440.4446.

op­po­site page: The in­ter­ac­tive kitchen at Ur­ban El­e­ment. left: Stone­fields Farm’s en­chant­ing great room seats 60 for din­ner. be­low: Cube gallery’s two level space is per­fect for mul­ti­di­men­sional gath­er­ings.

Events InStyle is sleek and con­tem­po­rary with charm.

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