Ottawa Magazine

Summer in a Box


I would venture to say that nobody loves summer more than a food truck chef who feeds folk yearround. Ben Baird and his truck team admit defeat to winter only when the temperatur­e dips into the negative 20s. When tomatoes are at their best, Baird collects a mix of heirloom beauties and combines them with baby arugula, cooked barley, red onion, thin discs of radish, a chiffonade of basil, and a handful of oregano leaves. He tosses it all with an aged balsamic vinaigrett­e, adds cubes of fried halloumi cheese, a good crack of pepper, a glug of green olive oil, and summer is in the box. Streat Gourmet, corner of Albert and O’Connor streets, Monday to Friday.

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