Gray Jay hosts carbon-conscious dinner: 'As the national capital, we need to set a standard'

By Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen, January 15, 2020

For almost 15 years, Dominique Dufour has been concerned about climate change.

Now, as chef and co-owner of Gray Jay Hospitality, she has committed to reducing her six-month-old Preston Street restaurant’s carbon footprint.

Dufour will serve her most eco-conscious dinner yet on Sunday, relying solely on produce from Quebec and Ontario, and also restricting her à la carte menu to vegetarian dishes. At her “carbon-conscious pop-up,” Dufour will offer five dishes working in her open kitchen with Montreal chef Maurín Arellano.

Below, Dufour, who came to Ottawa from Montreal in 2018 to open Norca in the Le Germain Ottawa Hotel, discusses why locavorism is better for the planet.

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