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24 Oct, 2013

Ottawa Giveaway alert: DATE NIGHT! Tickets to Casual Fridays at the NAC

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Fishbowl patrons|Giveaways and product reviews

We have a winner! Thanks everyone for your entries…. and a big thanks as well to the NAC for hosting this great giveaway.

Dear Fishies.

I can’t tell you how excited I was when I heard the National Arts Centre (a Fishbowl patron!) was launching this amazing new series called Casual Fridays. How can I describe Casual Fridays, other than to say that it promises to be a fabulous evening out? (In fact there’s a photo of me on the NAC Facebook page busily enjoying myself at the media preview for Casual Fridays. Ha.)

As someone who loves (a) going out somewhere lovely (b) food and wine (c) good conversations and (d) great entertainment… this kind of event has huge appeal.

This is how it works (provided you’ve bought your ticket or won it here of course):

Upon arrival you are presented with a glass of wine (it’s included in your ticket) and if you bought into the Culinary Overture (it’s $20 and SO WORTH IT) you’ll be able to nosh on some amazing tapas prepared by the NAC culinary team. The food I sampled at the media preview was amazing. You will die – DIE – with a mouthful of heaven. These are some of the items that knocked my socks off:

  • caramelized cauliflower and cashew soup cocktail, bleu Bénédictin foam, bread stir stick
  • pork shoulder tacos with charred pineapple, mole verde, Clarmell feta
  • bbq duck lettuce wraps with pickled radish and roasted enoki mushrooms (also available in a vegetarian version with smoked tofu)
  • tempura prawn po’ boy, butter leaf, smoked chili aioli (I think Mark ate SEVERAL of these)
  • lump crab cake with roasted corn, ginger-tamarind chutney, cilantro sprouts
  • grilled cheese “lambwich” – brioche, aged white cheddar

Are you drooling yet? (Because I am. Seriously.)

Then you are ushered to the musical portion of the evening; an early start/early finish sans intermission. The first one on November 1 is called Symphonie Fantastique and you can read more about it here.  After the musical part of the evening there is time to mingle and chat with NAC Orchestra musiciansat a post-concert reception.

Doesn’t this sound like a fantastic way to end a work week AND kickstart your weekend? It’s delicious, it’s sexy, it’s stylish, it’s a night out that includes the BEST parts of a night out.

So here’s the good news. I have one pair of tickets to give away to one lucky couple for the first Casual Fridays event on November 1 AND it includes the Culinary Overture!

Please promise to have a Po’ boy or four for Mark. ;)

Interested? Please read on:

  • This giveaway is for two tickets to the November 1, 2013 edition of Casual Fridays at the National Arts Centre (NAC). Please make sure you are able to go (i.e. have a sitter on speed dial) before you enter!
  • In order for your entry to qualify, please leave a comment below. Tell me: which one of the musical presentations appeal to you the post? (You can see them all right here.) I’d also love to hear which of the menu items in the list above would you make a beeline for first! ;)
  • This giveaway is void where prohibited by law.
  • If you can’t post your comment for whatever reason you can email it to me for posting at andrea at quietfish dot com. Please note, I cannot be responsible if your entry is misdirected or gets stuck in my Spam folder!

I will draw one name using Random.org at noon EST on October 30, 2013. The winners will be able to pick up their tickets at the box office on November 1.

Good luck!


27 Responses to "Ottawa Giveaway alert: DATE NIGHT! Tickets to Casual Fridays at the NAC"

1 | Brenda A.

October 24th, 2013 at 1:20 pm


We love the sound of the cello and my eldest is in her fifth year of playing. We would love to see Amanda Forsyth!

2 | michelle oser

October 24th, 2013 at 1:29 pm


first of all, i love the CNA! quality shows, dance, music and theater that i cant live without, really
i would go for march 7 concert, i love the cello and i have to fess, tis my bday…
as far as menu are concerned:probably most of the seafood and vegetarian options

3 | Jennifer Cavanagh

October 24th, 2013 at 2:00 pm


Well it’s got to be Alexander Shelly – the combination of edgy to symphonic says it all.
As to the eats… look out! I’ll be the one throwing elbows for that BBQ duck lettuce wras YUM!

4 | Vicky

October 24th, 2013 at 4:52 pm


Oh, how to choose…just the idea of going out to be fed and then to relax to some beautiful music would be treat, and a contrast to my crazy life. I’m most intrigued by the third, A postcard from the New World.

And I’d make a beeline for the crab because someone in my household is allergic to shellfish so I take every opportunity.

5 | KL

October 24th, 2013 at 5:10 pm


The Postcard from the New World love violins. The soup with a bread stick stir sounds divine.

6 | Amanda Cottreau

October 24th, 2013 at 6:54 pm


As an artist, it is rare that I can afford a real date night out to a high caliber show with my event coordinator boyfriend. Just so happens we have that date free!

It would be absolutely wonderful to experience Kathleen Edwards on her first night hosting and, of course, the enchanting Amanda Forsyth.

I have recently discovered a love of duck… so hands down, BBQ duck lettuce wraps with pickled radish and roasted enoki mushrooms would be my first pick.


7 | Mike Strong

October 24th, 2013 at 7:29 pm


My wife would love this. She would like to see Leila Josefowicz. For food we would like to try Grilled cheese “lambwich” and Tempura prawn po’ boy. Cheers!

8 | Bonny

October 24th, 2013 at 8:37 pm


You can’t get any better than an organ concert, such beautiful music. Oh, and the lovely pre-concert munchies sound divine. Duck lettuce wraps, oh yeah!

9 | ALan Viau

October 24th, 2013 at 11:08 pm


OHHHH the tacos!!! and symphonie fantastique because i love the organ.

10 | Holly

October 24th, 2013 at 11:17 pm


OMG! That menu is drool-worthy. The po’boy & the crab cakes would be fighting for my attention. The Fantastique show looks the most fantastic to me.

11 | cleo

October 25th, 2013 at 12:39 pm


I would LOVE to go to this event Andrea!
The musical event I would most likely buy tickets to would be Forsythe”s Double Concerto because I am a big fan of both Cello and violin (That was what I had played at my wedding) and the food I would beeline to is the shrimp po’boys. Yup, this is my kinda scene!

12 | Tiana

October 25th, 2013 at 12:40 pm


As for food (I start with this, because FOOD) I’d go for the taco or the duck. I’d do one and make my date do the other!

The Fantastique show is my #1 choice and that’s only aided by the pre-jazz show with Renée Yoxon!

13 | Emily Smith // The Best of this Life

October 25th, 2013 at 3:30 pm


Forsyth’s Double Concerto – love Italian symphony! …oh and food, um everything!! I’m 8 months pregnant, my plate would be loaded…hehehe. (but that po’boy sounds amazing!) What a fantastic giveaway :D

14 | Pam Jones

October 25th, 2013 at 3:46 pm


I would most like to see Symphony Fantastique. And as for the idea of a grilled lambwich? Um… Yumm!

15 | EmmyB

October 26th, 2013 at 10:59 am


I think we’d go for the New World Symphony and the lambwich!

16 | Susan

October 27th, 2013 at 9:02 pm


This would be so nice as we rarely do “cultural” things. :)
I would pick A Postcard From the New World and will always pick tacos when given an option.

17 | DougC.

October 28th, 2013 at 9:21 am


Symphonie Fantastique appeals to me the most as I would really like to see the amazing organist, Cameron Carpenter.

I would definitely go for the Lump crab cake and I promise to have the Tempura prawn po’boy !

18 | andrea tomkins

October 28th, 2013 at 1:08 pm


This entry is from Sarah-Jane who writes: “A Postcard “From the New World” preceeded by pork shoulder tacos with charred pineapple sounds devine!”

19 | Jean

October 28th, 2013 at 2:11 pm


I enjoy listening to the pipe organ, so I’d go for the Fantastique show. And as for food, there is no other choice once I hear the word “duck”!

20 | Stephanie

October 28th, 2013 at 8:02 pm


These casual Friday’s sound amazing! Food, wine and music – all of my favourite things wrapped into one night!!!

I would be most interested in Symphonie Fantastique and would be running to try the “lambwich”!

21 | Natalie Fraser

October 28th, 2013 at 8:40 pm


This would be a great date night!

I’d like to the the symphonie fantastique! and for the food, the duck lettuce wraps sound amazing.

22 | Justin Minnes

October 29th, 2013 at 4:03 pm


It looks like an excellent way to spend a Friday evening – snacks, wine, music… a true Renaissance experience. I’ve heard Renee Yoxon several times and always find her fun, so it would be neat to see her open for Symphonie Fantastique since she is ending her usual Jazz Mondays at the Collection as of next Monday. Food? Definitely the grilled cheese ‘lambwich.’

23 | Karinny

October 30th, 2013 at 8:59 am


I want to go see the symphonie fantastique! And ummmm crab cakes…

24 | Shamima Khan

October 30th, 2013 at 10:45 am


I would love to see Symphonie Fantastique and try the grilled lambwich. mmmm lamb

25 | andrea tomkins

October 30th, 2013 at 1:12 pm


This giveaway is now closed to new entries. Stay tuned for the winner!

26 | andrea tomkins

October 30th, 2013 at 1:19 pm


We have a winner! It’s commenter #11 – Cleo – who wrote:

“I would LOVE to go to this event Andrea!
The musical event I would most likely buy tickets to would be Forsythe”s Double Concerto because I am a big fan of both Cello and violin (That was what I had played at my wedding) and the food I would beeline to is the shrimp po’boys. Yup, this is my kinda scene!”

Congratulations! I’ll be in touch via email ASAP.

Didn’t win but still hankering to go? You can still buy tickets to Casual Fridays right here: http://nac-cna.ca/en/orchestra/casualfridays.
Hope to see you there!

27 | andrea tomkins

October 30th, 2013 at 3:35 pm


We had to draw a new winner because Cleo couldn’t make it. (Sorry Cleo). It’s commenter 16 – Susan – who said:

“This would be so nice as we rarely do “cultural” things. :)
I would pick A Postcard From the New World and will always pick tacos when given an option.”


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