Pop-Up Food Gypsy – A Fundraising Conspiracy!

Published On October 23, 2013 | By Gypsy | Featured, Gastronomy, On The Street

Benoit Gelinotte & Corinna Horton - Food Gypsy

Join us Friday November 1st, 2013 for fun, food and fundraising at Ottawa’s Culinary Conspiracy for Pop-Up Food Gypsy and try my signature burger for next month’s World Food Championships in Las Vegas.  It’s a conspiracy of TASTE!

Patrick McQuaid, owner of Culinary Conspiracy, is lending me his beautiful new kitchen for a one night stand… of the food variety. Recently moved from their downtown Rideau location to the Trainyards; Patrick built a large, open concept kitchen to support a busy catering schedule, gourmet retail and a bustling little lunch counter.  As kitchens go, it’s well planned and bright, with an open view to front of house.  Very fun to cook in.

It just so happens that the Chef in my life, Benoit Gelinotte, took residence at Culinary Conspiracy not long ago as the Chef de Cuisine.  Now he’ll be beside me in the kitchen for Pop-Up Food Gypsy, a fundraising effort to help bridge costs of competing at the World Food Championships early next month, and we’re gonna’ feed ya’…


Date: Friday November 1st, 2013
Time: 6 to 7:30PM & 8 – 9:30PM
Host Location: Culinary Conspiracy, 855 Industrial Ave (Unit 12)

A Collaboration of Passed Appetizers
The Amazin’ Asian Burger: a Siu Mai inspired pork-shrimp patty, Havarti Jalapeno Cheese, Quick Picked Asian Slaw, Crispy Onions and Kimchee Mayo on a Potato Scallion Bun with Mixed Curly Frittes
A 10oz On Tap Beverage of Your Choice


Who’s invited? YOU ARE!

How does it work?  Culinary Conspiracy has a great space, but we only have room for 25 people per seating, so we’ve divided the evening into two parts.  You can catch the Early Bird Seating from 6 – 7:30PM.
Join the Fashionably Late Crowd from 8 – 9:30PM then head out for a night out on the town, or straight to the couch… whatever works for you.

(Allergy note:  If you have a seafood allergy, let us know and we’ll skip the shrimp for you… it’ll still be amazin’.)

How do I get a seat/ticket?  Right here, right now.  Just leave a comment below and indicate which seating you’re interested in.  Please be sure to fill in the field for your email address, and I will confirm your reservation directly along with payment information.

OR you can click through on our PayPal Donations button in the side bar, again please indicate your preferred time and your PayPal receipt will serve as your e-ticket. (But just in case technology fails us, we’ll have a hard copy list of ticket holders at the door.)

… we still have tickets for both seatings available…


Yes, there will be a cash bar for those of you who wish to indulge, sip and swill a bit.  It is a Friday after all!  But please, let’s all be adults & drink responsibly.

Welcoming burger fans, foodies and all lovers of a good time!   Thank you from the bottom of my heart.  Funds raised support my entry at the World Food Championships Invitational in Las Vegas (November 7 – 10).   Representing the National Capital Region – and Canada – in the World Burger Championships!


About the World Food Championships:
The second annual World Food Championships, features 450 of the best cooks from across the USA, UK, Germany, the Bahamas and Canada; completing for a purse of $300,000. There are eight levels of competition; The World Barbecue Championship. World Open Chili Championship, World Burger Championship, World Dessert Championship, World Sandwich Championship, Bacon World Championship, World Recipe Championship and the World Chef Challenge, plus a seven part television series based on the event shooting live onsite.

To be invited you must first win a qualifying event, these are serious competitors and this year we have five teams representing Canada.  Go Team Canada!

The World Burger Championships.  My original burger that won Taste of Home Canada’s Burger Off competition is my  Lamburghini, but this time I’ve upped my game with the Amazin’ Asian Burger, packed with BIG Asian flavour.  I have two hours and thirty minutes to deliver two plates of burgers.  First my signature burger, delivered in a window of one hour and fifteen minutes and second, what they call a “structured build” (the competitor’s take on a traditional Patty Melt), delivered in one hour with a shot at the grand prize of $10,000 and a chance at the overall finals and $50,000.

I’ll be competing against 49 of the best burger competitors from all over and I’ll be — all by myself.

Competing in food events can get expensive, especially when you’re traveling internationally.  I’ve had tremendous response to our crowdfunding effort raising $1,500 so far (thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!).  Now I’m hoping covering the balance of my expences with this event, and inviting you join us for a great meal and a bit of fun…

Ottawa, we’d love to see you!

All media inquiries and event related question, please feel free to contact me direct:  gypsy@foodgypsy.ca  Anytime…

Culinary Conspiracy - Food Gypsy

See you there!!!

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Recipe testing and blogging about food, wine and the art of great living from her home kitchen just outside Ottawa; Cori (Corinna) Horton is a food marketing consultant, cook and real food advocate sharing all things delicious - right here.

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