Yesterday, the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service hosted a sensational reception at the National Capital Commission (NCC)’s International Pavilion celebrating 150 years of agricultural friendship between the United States and Canada.
In her opening remarks, U.S. Embassy Ottawa Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Aubin Moore reinforced that farmers on both sides of the U.S. Canada border are committed to nutritious, safe, and quality food for both American and Canadian consumers.
Guests representing diverse elements of the U.S.-Canadian agricultural partnership were then invited to join in the culinary festivity by partaking in a variety of American delights by “The Mixing Bowl” catering and a special feature entrée prepared by Executive Chef for the U.S. Ambassador’s residence, Dino Ovcaric.
The menu for the evening included such delights as grilled Georgia peach relish, Maryland crab maki rolls, cobb salad, cold smoked Alaskan salmon, and Wisconsin Mac & Cheese.
Chef Dino also provided an on-site cooking showcase featuring his Jack Daniel’s Shrimp and Grits specialty.
As the current home to three exhibitions showcasing 150 years of friendship with Canada, the NCC’s International Pavilion was the perfect venue for this celebration. Curious guests were encouraged to explore the bilingual, multimedia displays showcasing the historic relationship between the United States and Canada, our shared Arctic heritage, and U.S.-Canada cooperation in the Arctic.
Of course, the evening would not be complete without dessert!