When the new Seed to Sausage General Store opened this week on Gladstone Street in Ottawaâ€™s Centretown area, there was much rejoicing among foodies and chefs alike. I first tasted Mike McKenzieâ€™s famed Seed to Sausage charcuterie when researching for an Ottawa at Home story in 2012 on packing the perfect picnic basket. Iâ€™ve been a big fan ever since.
Salami, sausages, carefully cured bacon and other handcrafted delights have been a mainstay of Seed to Sausageâ€™s business since the beginning, with a select few Ottawa stores offering their products. True aficionados have been making the trek from spring through fall to Seed to Sausage HQ in Sharbot Lake, less than two hoursâ€™ drive from the Nationâ€™s Capital, to get their hands on a wider array of tasty products.
Now, with the opening of the Seed to Sausage General Store, Mike and co-owner Ross May are delighted to bring a greater selection of artisan food products to an eager market. The butcher counter offers a dazzling array of goods sure to delight any carnivore, including duck prosciutto, smoked duck breast and 80 day dry aged rib steaks â€" something all but impossible to find elsewhere in Ottawa, and yet offered at a fair price.
In addition, the small shopâ€™s shelves are beautifully filled with an array of products that would spice up any party or picnic. Locally-made Natâ€™s Bread snuggles up beside artisan potato chips from Neal Brothers and Darling Spuds. Specialty salts, mustards, teas, honey, Top Shelf Preserves, Joe Beef Spice Blends, fancy sodas from Ottawaâ€™s Harvey & Vernâ€™s and Vancouverâ€™s SIP, hot sauces, crackers and more are featured in the carefully-curated selection of non-perishable goods. One of the highlights of the shop is surely its cheese selection, which includes many outstanding (and sometimes hard-to-find) cheeses from Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and British Columbia.
With friendly, knowledgeable service to boot, the Seed to Sausage General Store is sure to quickly become a favourite stop for those who love to gather the finest edible products to share with family and friends.
Seed to Sausage General Store is at 729 Gladstone Avenue.