Over two decades ago, several leading, innovative & generous restaurateurs sat brainstorming on how they could give directly back to their community. This group already volunteered on various charity boards and knew Ottawa's most vulnerable and needy were its children and elderly. It seemed most natural for them to deliver a food-related event. The founders recruited fellow owners/operators along with members of other community organizations and delivered the first Bon Appetit Ottawa. With help from many industry-related businesses, the first event was a tremendous success and so it continued. Bon Appetit went on to apply for Charitable Status and became an official charity in 2008.