It’s time to do things differently . . . it’s time to cook with nafas

 

 

“Breath” 

nafas (Noun) \ ‘na-fas\ arabic, urdu, farsi, malay & indonesian.

// My mother could throw together last-minute ingredients and her dinners always tasted spectacular, her nafas in the kitchen was the best in the village.

In the context of cooking, nafas is used to describe a home cook who has a certain ‘Je ne sais quoi’ about them which always translates into a soulful and memorable dining experience. It characterizes someone who is patient, generous, and intimately connected to the food they prepare.

Our goal is to offer you a calming space for you to discover your nafas in the kitchen while experiencing the pleasures of Lebanese cuisine and culture.

At the picturesque O’Bordeleau bed and breakfast, Lebanese chef Rawan Al Wadaa will host and help you discover your nafas in the kitchen by showing you how to cook like a Lebanese mama by trusting your senses and applying traditional techniques as you prepare a variety of Lebanese dishes that will satisfy your appetite and delight your taste buds. You will get to relax by the fireplace, savour time and learn about the beautiful culture of the Levant while nestled in nature on the shores of the Ottawa river.

 

 

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One-Day Cooking Class Retreats

Ideal for a quick getaway from the hustle-bustle of the city to relax and enjoy the beautiful countryside. Whether it be with family and friends or for corporate and team-building events, guests will be entertained by chef Rawan’s childhood stories of cooking with her mom in Mount Lebanon while learning new skills and discovering the secrets behind some of the most famous Mediterranean dishes.

Your stay includes: a grazing table for lunch on arrival | coffee, tea, sweets by the fireplace| signature cooking class with Chef Rawan including drink pairings | Each guest takes home a nafas apron.

Cooking Class Menu with some carefully selected wines:

Dips: Hummus & Baba Ghannouj

Bites: Stuffed Vine Leaves & Spicy Potatoes

Salads: Fattoush or Tabbouleh (Choose one option)

Mains: Kibbeh, Beef & Chicken Shawarma, or Falafel (Choose one option)

Itinerary
*for groups of 6 to 12

Day 1
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Arrival
12:00-1:00 PM: Lebanese-style grazing table offered for light lunch
1:00 – 3:00 PM: Take a breath (personal time)
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Our signature intimate cooking class (mocktails offered during class)
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM: Sit down/family-style dinner + Lebanese sweets and tea by the fire-pit/fireplace
9:00 PM – 10:00 PM: Check-out

Two-Night Cooking Class Retreats

Experience Canada’s unique culinary experience with overnight accommodations and get away from the hustle-bustle of the city to relax and enjoy a wonderful blend of food and nature. Guests will be charmed by the peaceful environment and enchanted by chef Rawan’s personal stories of cooking with her mama in Mount Lebanon while learning new skills and discovering the secrets behind some of the most famous Mediterranean dishes.

Cooking Class Menu with some carefully selected wines:

Dips: Hummus & Baba Ghannouj

Bites: Stuffed Vine Leaves & Spicy Potatoes

Salads: Fattoush or Tabbouleh (Choose one option)

Mains: Kibbeh, Beef & Chicken Shawarma, or Falafel (Choose one option)

Your stay includes: two Lebanese inspired breakfasts | a grazing table for lunch on day 2 | coffee, tea, sweets by the fireplace| signature intimate cooking class with Chef Rawan with drink pairings | each guest takes home a nafas apron, experience bundle, and a 50$ gift card (per room) redeemable at any small local Aylmer business (E.g. pubs, restaurants, bakery, cafe)

Itinerary
*for groups of 6 to 8

Day 1
Guest Check-in: 3:00PM – 9:00 PM
Guest receive experience bundle + 50$ gift card (per room) to spend at any Aylmer small business
Sweets and Tea by the fire-pit/fireplace

Day 2
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Lebanese inspired breakfast
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Take a breath (personal time)
12:00 PM-1:00 PM: Lebanese-style grazing table offered for light lunch
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Guests relax and explore O’Bordeleau grounds and surrounding activities (e.g. hiking at Luskville Falls)
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Signature intimate cooking class (mocktails offered during class)
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM: Sit down/family-style dinner with drink pairings
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM: Sweets and Tea by the fire-pit/fireplace

Day 3 
8:00 – 10:00 AM: Lebanese breakfast
Guest Check-out: 12:00 PM

Pricing

*Prices do not include applicable taxes

One-Day Cooking Class Retreats

2000$ flat rate for groups of up to 8

*250$ for every additional guest to a maximum group size of 12

**25% deposit is required for reservation

Includes grazing table for lunch on arrival | coffee, tea, sweets| signature intimate cooking class with Chef Rawan + drink pairings | Each guest takes home a nafas apron

Two-Night Cooking Class Retreats

3225$ for groups of 6 or less / 3650$ for groups of 7  / 4000$ for groups of 8

*The bed and breakfast has 4 rooms available for overnight stay. For this reason, we cannot accommodate groups larger than 8 for the two-night culinary retreat package.

**25% deposit is required for reservation

Includes two Lebanese inspired breakfasts | a grazing table for lunch on day 2 | coffee, tea, sweets| signature intimate cooking class with Chef Rawan + drink pairings | Each guest takes home a nafas apron + experience bundle + 50$ gift card (per room) to be used at any small local Aymer business (E.g. pubs, shopping malls, restaurants)

*Make sure to check out our availability by taking a look at our bookings calendar below.

Chef Rawan’s nafas Cooking Class Menu

 

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Your Cooking Class Retreat Destination

Chef Rawan is now co-manager and resident chef at the Gite O’Bordeleau! You can now book a Bed & Breakfast getaway and get to experience Chef Rawan’s Lebanese-inspired breakfast as you enjoy the gorgeous view of the Ottawa River and surrounding landscapes.

Lebanese couple Oussama Al-Mohtar and Leila Ghobril are the proud owners of O’bordeleau bed and breakfast, a stunning 63-acre estate located on the Ottawa River with close to one km shoreline, wetlands, forests and the Bradley Creek which flows into the majestic Ottawa river. There are many things to do on the land or in the surrounding area. In the summer, you can enjoy hiking, canoeing, kayaking, biking and walking. There are several horseback riding farms within minutes of the area. In the winter, skiing, sleigh rides and snowshoeing are the norm. Ottawa and Gatineau with their vibrant culture and culinary scenes are 40-50 minutes away.

 

Facilities

  • BBQ/Picnic area
  • Free WiFi internet
  • Weddings & private parties
  • Terrace
  • Breakfast lounge
  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Kitchen/kitchenette
  • Pet(s) live on property
  • Wide entrance to property

Parking

  • Free parking
  • Recreational vehicle parking

Accommodations

  • 4 private rooms
  • 2 full bathrooms

Business Facilities

  • Desk working station
  • Photocopying
  • Printing
  • Conference & events

Activities and Experiences

  • Bird watching
  • Canoeing
  • Art galleries & museums
  • Farm life
  • Backpacking
  • Card, board, video games
  • Games, chess, cards
  • Hiking (Luskville Falls)

Directions

From Ottawa; cross any bridge to Gatineau and take either one of the following: Chemin D’Aylmer, Boulevard des Allumettières, Chemin Lucerne, or Mountain Road to HWY 148 West. Once in Luskville, find Chemin Parker, turn left and head south towards the river. If you are coming From Shawville, head east on HWY 148 until Chemin Parker and make a left to head south.

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