Recently we attended the 2nd Annual Rampfest up in Lanark County. It was a private gathering of Ottawa’s finest food lovers – mainly members of a local cooking club and also some of their good chef friends here in town. What an afternoon. I tell you this only so you can salivate over the many uses of ramps and if this word is new to you, hopefully you will take a read on the Internet about this fine wild leek. Here is the menu we enjoyed.

*** APPETIZERS ***



Lobster and Ramp Salad Canapé (My personal favourite!!)



Baked Brie with Caramelized Ramps & Sun Dried Tomatoes



Bacon Wrapped Tart of Ramps, Potatoes and Cheddar



Smoked Salmon Rillette with Pickled Ramp Mayo on Baguette



Tart of Wild Leeks & Mushrooms in Garlic Cream



Ramps with Spicy Shrimp & Gnocchi



Hot Italian Sausage with Pickled Ramps & Dijon

*** MAIN ***

Smoked, Ramp Marinated BBQ Beef Tenderloin on a Bun [no picture]



BBQ Poached Salmon in White Wine & Ramps



Ramp Coleslaw



German Potato Salad with Pickled Ramps

Cheeses with Ramp Jelly & Fruit [no picture].

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