Before I opened up Cardamom and Clove and my days at C’est Bon Cooking, I worked in the non-profit world. United Way Ottawa, The Catholic Center for Immigrants, The Canadian Council of the Blind and a couple others. One of the organizations I had always found interesting was Farm Radio International – an organization that provides resources and training to broadcasters so that radio programs about farming and agriculture that are being produced and broadcast in Africa are at their most effective. It’s an amazingly effective way to get information to those who are living far from urban centers, have limited reading skills and no access to other communication methods like telephone or internet.


May 1st is Farm Radio’s 35th Anniversary and to celebrate they are throwing a wonderful event! Called African Harvest – a night of cooking demonstrations, African inspired food, local beers and wines and a live and silent auction to support Farm Radio.

The Chefs involved are Ottawa’s own Andrèe Riffou from C’est Bon Cooking and Jeff Crump the Executive Chef at the Ancaster Mill and author of Earth to Table cookbook. The dishes they are creating are a surprise – but I do know that they will be using some African spices from Cardamom and Cloves!

If you are looking for a night of international food and fun – click here for more information and tickets. The night gets started at 7pm at St. Bridget’s on St. Patrick in the ByWard Market. If you need some more information contact or 613-761-3678. As a shameless plug, tickets are also available in person at Cardamom and Cloves at 440 Preston Street.