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25 Feb, 2014

Ottawa Giveaway alert: bringing back DATE NIGHT!

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

This is my second giveaway for the NAC Orchestra’s Casual Fridays event. I’m thrilled. Not only is the NAC a wonderful patron of the blog, but I truly love the amazing things they add to the cultural scene of this great city we live in.

If you haven’t heard of Casual Fridays, here it is in a nutshell: it’s an opportunity to nosh on artfully/deliciously/wonderfully prepared food AND socialize AND enjoy a lovely glass of something AND see a show.

The media launch of the new season happened last night in the NAC kitchen. Paul Wells, who will be hosting the next event, described Casual Fridays quite succinctly in a tweet at the media event last night:

I went to the launch with the intention of taking lots of photos but I had such a great time chatting with fellow party goers that my phone stayed in my purse almost the entire time. Sorry NAC, but you can interpret that as a SURE SIGN OF A GOOD TIME. ;)

I kid. I do have a few views to share:

A view of the kitchen at the NAC. #NACOfridays

I should have had more balls. My only regret. #nacofridays #latergram

Pork cheek sammy's = better than bacon.  #nacofridays

A morsel from #nacofridays #latergram

From #nacofridays #latergram

Here’s the good news for you… I have a pair of tickets to give away to the next event on March 7 but before I do that, there are a few things about this next Casual Fridays I wanted to bring to your attention:

  • Two words: Amanda. Forsyth.
  • The culinary overtures menu is brand new and it’s Italian-inspired. I promise you will love it. Everything we sampled at the media event provided an explosion of mouthhappy delight.
  • They’ve totally changed the food service portion of the evening. I strongly encourage you to buy your tickets online ahead of time as there are limited tickets and I predict a sell-out. Line-ups were an issue at the last event but there is a plan in place to prevent this from happening.
  • Good news: you can now watch the show with your beverage of choice. No more chugging before curtain call! Besides, music and wine, in comfy theatre-seats? HELLO. That’s a match made in heaven.

Interested in going? Please read the following details carefully:

  • This giveaway is for two tickets to the March 7, 2014 edition of Casual Fridays at the National Arts Centre (NAC). Please please make sure you are able to go (i.e. have a sitter on speed dial) before you enter! These tickets include admission to the culinary part of the evening, so you’ll be sampling some of the dishes pictured above.
  • In order for your entry to qualify, please leave a comment below telling me where you went for your last date night. If it’s too long ago to remember (and I hope that’s not the case!) you can tell me where you’d like to go for your next one. :)
  • For a second entry, leave a comment on this Facebook post. (But don’t forget to let me know that you did in a second, separate comment below.)
  • 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 March 4, 2014.  The winner will have to pick up their tickets at my place. :)

Good luck everyone!

58 Responses to "Ottawa Giveaway alert: bringing back DATE NIGHT!"

1 | Colleen

February 25th, 2014 at 1:11 pm


We were supposed to go out for a date day on Feb 15th. My mother in law had the two older kids, and it was just going to be hubby and I with the baby, but I got mastitis and spent the weekend in bed. I can’t remember the last time we had a date night, but sleep deprivation might have something to do with that :)

2 | Jane

February 25th, 2014 at 1:53 pm


we had a date last night! we to see Emma Kirkby at the Music and Beyond concert.

3 | Meaghan

February 25th, 2014 at 2:00 pm


We went to see Blue Rodeo at CTC on Valentine’s Day!

4 | Carolyn

February 25th, 2014 at 2:07 pm


We were supposed to go for a romantic skate on the Canal on Feb.14 but we hadn’t had a chance to take our 4 kids to Jacques Cartier Park yet and it’s a tradition that we do while trying to avoid the Winterlude weekend crowds so we gave up our skate to take our kids to Winterlude on Valentine’s night instead since it was a Friday. Had a blast as usual. Before that, it’s been a while…

5 | Cindy

February 25th, 2014 at 2:10 pm


Our last date night was Saturday Feb 22. We went to the NAC Pops concert. We have a subscription and are loving it.

6 | Carolyn

February 25th, 2014 at 2:12 pm


Left a Facebook post too!

7 | Valerie

February 25th, 2014 at 2:33 pm


Our last date was seeing the Hunger Games pt 2 and stuffing ourselves with popcorn. Something a little classier would be nice. My husband knows Amanda (or knew her, a little) from Red Deer. It would be neat to see.

8 | Rubby N.

February 25th, 2014 at 2:33 pm


Flying Banzini was our last one… Our original plan was to go to Baker Street Café, but the line up was out the door.

9 | Valerie

February 25th, 2014 at 2:33 pm


I left a FB comment, too (short one). :)

10 | Rubby N.

February 25th, 2014 at 2:35 pm


Also commented on FB!

11 | Brenda A

February 25th, 2014 at 3:56 pm


We LOVE cello here! This date night concert would be amazing! Our last date night was a few weeks ago when we really classed it up. I had my first visit to The Prescott and had the famous meatball sammy!

12 | Brenda A

February 25th, 2014 at 3:57 pm


Left a comment a la FB, too!

13 | EmmyB

February 25th, 2014 at 6:55 pm


Hmm, does a cross-country ski without kids count as a date night?

14 | Justin

February 25th, 2014 at 8:05 pm


Actually, our last date night was at Burgers and Fries Forever on Bank @ Somerset. It was messy and delicious, I recommend the Quebecois. That being said, it’s about time for a classy evening in the mix. Cheers!

15 | Kat

February 25th, 2014 at 8:16 pm


We just recently had to purchase a new vehicle, we chose a previously loved mini-van as we know have 2 children.
Our last date?
We sat in the new van and watched a movie on the DVD player – which we have not, to this date, had. We cuddled up in blankets, watched a movie as the children slept peacefully inside the house. It was heavenly – a stark departure from what used to qualify as date night but wonderful none the less.

16 | Cecily

February 25th, 2014 at 8:29 pm


Our last date night was last week and a bit like being a kid again. We went to see The Lego Movie and even for adults, it didn’t disappoint! It definitely left us in a happy mood.

17 | Cecily

February 25th, 2014 at 8:30 pm


Also left a comment on FB!

18 | Nikki

February 25th, 2014 at 9:32 pm


We went to The Works for burgers. Not romantic, but it sure was relaxing!

19 | Amy

February 25th, 2014 at 11:23 pm


I’ve heard so much about this event I’d love to attend. Our last date night was February 14, the first in a long while, to see the Lego Movie.

20 | Tuesday De Jong

February 26th, 2014 at 8:24 am


On our last date night we used a groupon for sushi at Kinki!

21 | Marc Savoie

February 26th, 2014 at 9:59 am


Last date night, we went to see a movie in Imax 3D!

22 | Marc Savoie

February 26th, 2014 at 10:00 am


Also, I’ve left a comment on the Facebook post! :)

23 | Joanne Charlebois

February 26th, 2014 at 10:02 am


My daughter and I loves those Casual Fridays

24 | Sarah Cybulski

February 26th, 2014 at 12:09 pm


Our last date was…well, we went to Cracking up the Capital at the NAC. It was hilarious!

25 | Ann

February 26th, 2014 at 12:17 pm


Just had a week of date nights in Jamaica :)

26 | Isha

February 26th, 2014 at 2:29 pm


Our last date night was on the Sunday of Valentine’s Day weekend – we went to Sidedoor restaurant and stuffed ourselves with tacos and donuts.

27 | DougC.

February 26th, 2014 at 3:05 pm


Last date night was to a SENS game.(more for me I guess).

28 | MaryC.

February 26th, 2014 at 3:20 pm


Let’s see, my last date night was going to a “Team Canada”themed party last week!

29 | MaryC.

February 26th, 2014 at 3:22 pm


Also commented on your FB post.

30 | Christine

February 26th, 2014 at 4:11 pm


Umm . . .last date night . . . just before the birth of Baby Rose in September at Gezellig . . . think it’s time for another ;)

31 | Christine

February 26th, 2014 at 4:12 pm


Also commented on FB

32 | Alan Viau

February 26th, 2014 at 6:57 pm


I am off to the NAC tonight for the Brahams concert. Pretty awesome ticks too.

33 | HollyStar

February 27th, 2014 at 9:01 am


We went to the Black Violin show at Centrepointe a few weeks ago. Amazing mix of classical instruments, amazing players & hip hop beats. Great seats too with Nana babysitting gratis. We’re lucky!

34 | Katie

February 27th, 2014 at 10:57 am


Date nights are not common with us. We do lunches and breakfasts. It would be fun to do a night out, and with March Break, babysitting is available here!

35 | Cleo Thompson

February 27th, 2014 at 2:11 pm


Our last date night was at Must Wine Bar in the market.

36 | ML - @20YS

February 27th, 2014 at 2:48 pm


What a fabulous give-away! I love the NAC, it’s my time to dress up and be all artsy for the night!


Last date night was at the Ice Hotel after like a whole year of nothing! Need a new one soon!



37 | Cath in Ottawa

February 27th, 2014 at 3:49 pm


What an awesome giveaway! Our last date night involved Loblaws (because nothing says date night like grocery shopping), Thai food and Netflix. Whatever works, right?!

38 | Shannon

February 27th, 2014 at 5:01 pm


Our last date night was at Zen Kitchen for my birthday last year on MARCH 7th ….. no kidding. What a great giveaway this is – huge fan of the NAC my whole life. It would be a heck of a birthday present for me this year :-)

39 | Shannon

February 27th, 2014 at 5:03 pm


I left a comment on FB too. Thanks!!

40 | Lara

February 27th, 2014 at 5:12 pm


We went for dinner at Mekong and then coffee :)

41 | Mike

February 27th, 2014 at 5:34 pm


The Mrs. and i went to the Jr Ranks Mess fora Valentines Day dinner and dance.

42 | JanetD.

February 27th, 2014 at 9:35 pm


Last date night was in 2013 at the NAC (Barenaked Ladies). Definitely overdue for another date night. Hope to be celebrating my upcoming birthday at the NAC’s Casual Fridays ( this would be so wonderful!)

43 | JanetD.

February 27th, 2014 at 9:36 pm


Also commented on FB.

44 | Andrea

February 28th, 2014 at 2:25 pm


Our last date night was at the NAC just before the holidays seeing Stuart McLean for our anniversary! Our NEXT date night is coming up too – Arcade Fire! This would be a great date night to get us back in the swing of things!

45 | Andrea

February 28th, 2014 at 2:26 pm


also commented on facebook!

46 | DougC.

March 1st, 2014 at 8:05 am


Forgot to mention ….also commented on Facebook post.

47 | Nasreen

March 1st, 2014 at 9:12 am


Our last date night was spending valentines day in NYC!

48 | Carolyne Beausoleil

March 1st, 2014 at 9:34 am


Our last date night was on our 1st wedding Anniversary on September 1 last year, we went to a fabulous restaurant in Wakefield called the Village House. I would love to have another date before our second anniversary! Lol

49 | ilana novick

March 1st, 2014 at 10:31 am


Last date was to a Timmy’s about 3 wks ago. We’ve been trying for weekly date nights ( dinner, coffee, walks) for about a year now. Small hiccup last 2 wks as I fell and fractured my wrist so not going anywhere.

50 | ilana novick

March 1st, 2014 at 10:36 am


Meant to add (did in my FB entry): get surgery stitches out next Thursday so this would be great way to celebrate!

51 | Ann Bacciaglia

March 2nd, 2014 at 9:19 am


I would love to go but I don’t have a date :(

52 | Ann Bacciaglia

March 2nd, 2014 at 9:52 am


I haven’t been on a date night in a long time. This sounds like a great night out with a friend. Great contest Andrea.

53 | Karine

March 2nd, 2014 at 1:01 pm


Last date night was a while ago but in a restaurant :) this would be really fun

54 | Tiana

March 3rd, 2014 at 3:01 pm


My last date night was last Friday. We went to the Moon Room on Preston and had some really great, stiff drinks.

55 | Brit

March 3rd, 2014 at 5:41 pm


Our last date night by ourselves was likely at home with take out and red wine on Valentines Day

56 | Steve

March 3rd, 2014 at 6:40 pm


Last date night was on the 21st, we went to the Black Tomato for a dinner out.

57 | Margo

March 4th, 2014 at 11:44 am


Last date night…kids eating dinner in front of the tv while we cozied up in the kitchen with candles. Not ideal but manageable on a weekly basis!

58 | andrea tomkins

March 6th, 2014 at 8:50 am


The winner is commenter #38 – Shannon – who wrote:

“Our last date night was at Zen Kitchen for my birthday last year on MARCH 7th ….. no kidding. What a great giveaway this is – huge fan of the NAC my whole life. It would be a heck of a birthday present for me this year :-)”

Congratulations Shannon, and happy birthday! :)

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