Food for (Community) Life

Food for (Community) Life West End Well and Soup Ottawa offer tasty, thoughtful options

Imagine a neighbourhood grocery that offers organic produce and other goods sourced, as much as possible, from local food producers. Envision a café that serves tasty, local, organic, seasonal offerings. Then picture a community centre that’s home to classes in cooking, meditation and yoga, as well as workshops on issues ranging from food security to social justice. Add in a lending library, local music, storytelling, poetry and art programs, plus live performances— and there you have it: West End Well. Set to open this spring at 969 Wellington Street West in Hintonburg, this local hub is “a social enterprise co-operative” and an exciting initiative in healthy, connected Ottawa living.

Check it out! West End Well runs three events, in particular, on a regular basis:

Monthly public information sessions: Each month, there is a two-hour public gathering during which all the basics about the West End Well Co-op are covered. Attendees have a chance to ask questions and engage with the project’s volunteers.

Meet and sweet events: There are monthly gatherings for members of the West End Well Co-op that take place at the Foolish Chicken restaurant on Holland Avenue. There is always a theme, a guest speaker and plenty of discussion.

Learning events: This is a new project for the West End Well Co-op. Each month, interested members gather to have an in-depth discussion with an expert about a topic such as permaculture, food security or governance of co-ops.

To find out more about the co-op and membership opportunities, email and see

At a Soup Ottawa event, you can tuck into a bowl of something yummy and vote with your spoon, all while doing something good for the community! A grassroots micro-grant community dinner, Soup Ottawa has a different theme each time. Attendees pay $10 to get a bowl of soup, some bread and a say in funding a community project. Various organizations give five-minute pitches about why they would like a grant and then everyone votes to give the proceeds to the most inspiring project. Since the venue, soup and bread are donated, all money goes to the community group. For details about the next dinner, see
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