Chef Caroline Ishii and Sommelier David Loan made a bold move by opening Ottawa's first gourmet Vegan restaurant. They began by purchasing an existing restaurant on Somerset St in Ottawa's Chinatown, and proceeded to completely revamp it with the help of Urbanomic Interiors, who acted as Designer and Project Manager for the implementation of the design. The project was featured on the reality TV show "The Restaurant Adventures of Caroline and Dave" which documents the couple's experience of quitting their jobs and following their dreams. The show was aired on HGTV in Canada in 2010.
“Heidi Helm is a very talented designer who worked with us in
imagining and implementing the design and renovation of ZenKitchen restaurant
from start to finish. She is inventive in coming up with unique ideas to meet
the needs of the client. A very hardworking, dedicated and enthusiastic
individual, it was a pleasure to work with her this on this project.” Caroline
Ishii, Owner –ZenKitchen January 23, 2011