Urban Element’s culinary and catering experience coming to Ingenium’s museums

Collage image of a salad, cinnamon bun, and a focaccia sandwich.

OTTAWA, ON, March 3, 2022 — Ingenium and Ottawa’s the Urban Element - a dynamic player in Ottawa’s food scene - are thrilled to announce a new partnership that will bring a delicious sit-down dining experience to the Canada Science and Technology Museum beginning March 4. The Collective | Le Collectif is the new onsite Café that will offer sustainable and innovative food experiences with delicious and convenient grab-and-go food and beverages at our three museums.

Since 2005, Urban Element has produced exceptional culinary and catering experiences and is recognized for its commitment to the community. Urban Element will make the kitchen at the Canada Science and Technology Museum its new hub and will expand its food services to our two other museums, in addition to providing further food and beverage services, such as catered events and culinary programs in the Ingenium event spaces.

The menu will include speciality foods like pressed focaccia, seasonal soups, grain bowls, sandwiches and grill cheeses for the kids and will debut at the Canada Science and Technology Museum ahead of the March break. Grab-and-go options like pastries will also be available. Hot beverages like coffee will also be available. Birch Bark Coffee Company, a fair trade and organic coffee company with a social impact mission – a % of sales helps to directly support Indigenous communities with water purification units, will supply the beans. The Collective | Le Collectif will expand to the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and Canada Agriculture and Food Museum in the spring.

After Museum hours, the café will transform into a workshop where special programming is offered to guests and members, including culinary sensory experiences, various food and drink tasting events and programs for children on weekends. Corporate groups can also experience unique up-close-and-personal Chef driven events.

See the seasonal menu here and learn all about The Collective | Le Collectif from Executive Chef Kassandra Pietropaolo in the launch video!


“The Collective | Le Collectif truly embodies our mission in an innovative way that brings the food services experience at our museums to a whole new level. We are thrilled to welcome Urban Element on our sites offering visitors a destination of choice for healthy, local and responsible food services with a blend of unique and innovative educational experiences.”

- Darcy Ferron, Vice President of Business Development, Ingenium

“The urban element’s core mission embodies creating unique culinary experiences. Our collaboration and partnership with Ingenium allows us to continue to do the work we love by providing from-scratch food offerings through the Collective | Le Collectif (café) and by way of delivering food education programming and culinary experiences. Museums are sensory experiences. Part of a visitor experience should be all encompassing and stimulating to the senses, including taste. A visitor experience that includes taste is one that leaves them with a discovery of a new flavour, a story behind the product. The café concept has been envisioned to promote hand-made, from scratch offerings showcasing and incorporating Ottawa-Gatineau food and craft producers - we can’t wait to share these stories with you.”

- Carley Schelck, CEO + Partner, the Urban Element


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Philippe Tremblay
Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation

About Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation

Ingenium oversees three national museums of science and innovation in Ottawa— the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and the Canada Science and Technology Museum. It’s lngenium Centre houses an exceptional collection, research institute, and digital innovation lab. Our museums, digital content, outreach programs, travelling exhibitions, and collaborative spaces help to educate, entertain, and engage audiences across Canada and around the world. Our mission is to bring science literacy and inspiration to Canadians of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.

About Urban Element

Infused into everything the Urban Element does is a deep love of food and the belief in its ability to motivate, inspire, educate and entertain. Since the urban element’s inception in 2005, our event management and catering company continues to create, develop and execute unique culinary experiences that transcend traditional and institutional ideas around food. We boast an array of culinary service offerings: foodservice programs, corporate teambuilding, catered events, cooking classes and culinary programs for adults, children and teens. Collaboration and partnerships with leading hospitality professionals is a defining strength and integral part of our mission. The urban element has played a key role in Ottawa’s culinary scene, educating people about food and the importance of supporting responsible food growers and suppliers. The urban element adheres to one basic and guiding principle: nothing brings people together like good food.