Join us as we root through the complicated attitudes, perceptions, and actions making up our food waste ecosystem

$15 & up/person
Experiential 2 Hours Suitable for ages 12 and up

How do you tr(eat) your food?

What is food waste? Food is a universal part of human existence; we all consume food for nourishment. It is the centre-piece of parties, and momentous life-events. Food issues, however, are rife. How we eat our food, and how we dispose of leftovers, have ramifications across the food life-cycle. Who is responsible for food waste? Is it individuals, or bigger entities? Is waste even seen as an issue, given that, partly defined, waste is not something useful? The tour starts at a generic grocery store, where most Ottawans go to to get their food. Here, we look at the big-picture food waste trends. We then make our way to various bakeries and restaurants to look at Ottawa-specific issues related to food waste. Finally, we delve into waste-free concepts and specific companies that offer some possible solutions and show that alternatives are possible.

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Scheduled tour
Happens monthly.
  • Printed souvenir postcard
  • Maximum of 25 people on tour
Private tour
Minimum booking: party of 3 people. Happens if you request.
  • Tour content is tweaked on the spot to cover your interests
  • Printed souvenir postcard
  • Maximum of 8 people on tour
  • Follow-up additional resources by email
Customized tour
Minimum booking: 1 person (or more). Happens if you request.
  • Pre-tour chat with your guide to discuss your interests in topic (optional)
  • Content customized to your interests
  • Printed souvenir postcard
  • Your group only on tour
  • Follow-up additional resources by email

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Stops along the way (preview):

Start - 345 Carleton Ave. (Metro Grocery)

We look at where buying food starts for the average urban Ottawan.

Mid-point - 1230 Wellington St. West (The Table Restaurant)

Following some potential dumpster diving, our gaze is shifted to restaurant practices, as well as the issue of composting.

End - 1130 Wellington St. West (NU Grocery)

We look at a possible imagined future, and get the fuel to keep the conversation going.

Sarah Chelchowski and Michael Melvill

Your tour guides
Sarah Chelchowski graduated from the Master’s program in Public History at Carleton University, where she pursued work on dark tourism, social justice, and heritage preservation. She spent the last two summers working in the archives, where she explored Ottawa’s history through photographs and community records. Sarah is excited to combine her love of walking, talking and eating!   Michael Melvill has tried to get away from giving tours, and at one point was semi-successful; he is making a comeback to tour giving through these walking tours which add a new dimension of information dissemination through conversation. Michael has an MA and BA in Philosophy and is a former NCAA tennis player: food seemed like the next best topic to think about!
"Ottawa has many attractions to offer but nothing is similar to the walking tours offered by Ottawa (de)tours. These tours are not only for visitors to the capital but to locals as well...The tour led to interesting discussions and exchanges between the guide and the participants. I highly recommend it."
Martin D
Tripadvisor review, May 2017
“I have gone on several Ottawa (de)tours and think they are a fantastic way to engage with the city in new and interesting ways...The content is thought-provoking and the guides are very passionate and engaging. This is a fun way to see parts of Ottawa for both locals and tourists; and is good to try on your own, or with a group of friends.”
Tripadvisor review, July 2015

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