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  1. this evening earth hour in some montreal restos, candlelight, low carbon footprint cocktail, created by UK’s leading mixologist, Richard Woods and specially designed menus for the event. Earth Hour cocktail proceeds for the hour will go to WWF.

    http://blog.wwf.ca/blog/2011/03/22/mo...

    1. Up....table of hope this monday who want to meet some of the special chefs in montreal and make a tour of the best restos of montreal all in one evening!

      1. Thanks wilmagrace, this is great.

        1. Gold Medal Plates Montreal is happening on Thursday October 27th, 2011. More details here:
          http://www.goldmedalplates.com/ And I think that the first festival at Mission Santa Cruz happens on the weekend of the 21st.

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          1. re: EaterBob

            Sounds awesome...but a little too rich for my blood, I'm afraid.

          2. The SAT during the Mutek festival will have a FoodieLab.

            "Le festival de musique électronique aménage un espace consacré à la cuisine de rue haut de gamme sur la place de la Paix, petit parc à côté de la SAT. Quatre chefs montréalais ont été invités à participer à cette première activité grand public du Foodlab: Martin Juneau (Newtown), Simon Mathys (Bar&Boeuf), Stelio Perombelon (Les Cons servent, Pullman) et Éric Dupuis (Taverne Square Dominion). Ils officieront un soir chacun dans un conteneur maritime transformé en restaurant mobile ultra-moderne de Viking Steel Space.

            Chaque soir, en formule 5 à 7 (19h à 21h le samedi), le chef nous proposera trois petites créations culinaires à 5$ chacune, conçues avec des produits du terroir, dans une formule apéritive. Le Foodlab en profitera également pour offrir une sélection de vins nature, donnant ainsi le ton de l'éventuelle carte des vins du restaurant."

            http://bit.ly/mR6ABd (link to the cyberpresse article)

            1. Quebec City now has a White Dinner. Same day, same time as Montreal (August 18).

              http://quebec.dinerenblanc.info/

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              1. re: hala

                dinner in white waiting list can still be accessed with first place coming to those being sponsored then second tier going to nonsponsored, here is info and youtube of last year

                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1w6BQ...

                http://montreal.streetviewtours.com/f...

                This is maybe not so much an event as a move forward for street food, the appearance of Fruixi (bikes with fresh fruits picked up at marche centrale night before and sold to passerbys in certain areas of city), hope this gets expanded!...Six Fruixi carts will be deployed through the city this summer, beginning June 17 until Oct. 16. The stalls will serve parks in Ville-Marie and Plateau Mont-Royal as well as three hospitals - Hôtel-Dieu, Saint-Luc and Notre-Dame.

                http://www.cjad.com/CJADLocalNewsEntr...

                http://tvanouvelles.ca/lcn/infos/regi...

                if only more choice of street food could be available, I would like to see even those icecream bikes offering healthier options like yogurt, milk, smoothies for passerbys....

                and we have the schedule of festivities (and food) at parc drapeau this summer, more details to come, and august schedule

                http://www.parcjeandrapeau.com/79-37-...

                1. re: wilmagrace

                  I put my name on the list about a month ago just out of curiosity, even though it doesn't really seem like my thing... But I still don't really understand what this is, as it looks like it's just a big public picnic with a bunch of people dressed in white. Is the food actually catered or cooked on spot, or is it all BYO? Is this really a foodie event or more of a public spectacle like the zombie walks and metro parties and all that nonsense?

                  1. re: OliverB

                    It's definitely a public spectacle. Whether or not it's a chowish event is up to you. You bring your own food, after all. To me it just looks like a lot of bourgeois, mutually congratulatory horse hockey.

                    1. re: SnackHappy

                      Okay, I see... so you pay $25 to load into a packed bus for a picnic with a bunch of strangers. Sounds ridiculous and glad I asked. I think I can manage my own picnic. I thought it might've been catered or something vaguely interesting. Can't imagine why anyone would bother otherwise.

                      1. re: OliverB

                        It's a party. I can see why it attracts people. It's "exclusive" and "spontaneous". It makes people feel like they're part of something special.

                        To me it feels elitist and a bit pretentious, but that's just the socialist in me talking.

                        1. re: SnackHappy

                          I remember checking out their website a few years ago and being put off by the fact that you HAD to go with an escort of the opposite sex. No singles, groups of 3 or more or same-sex pairs allowed. I don't know if it's still set up that way.

                          1. re: janetmweiss

                            I was also put off by the fact that the first edition was by invitation only, meaning that only friends of friends of people in-the-know could go. That must have made for a very socially homogeneous group of people.

                            It seems a bit more democratic now, but the whole thing gives me weird vibe.

                            1. re: SnackHappy

                              We went last year despite DH's objections because I and his cousin wanted to see what type of elegant picnic dinner we could come up with. We all ended up having tons of fun. DH thinks it's because the "disguise" changes the mood of the party. I am sure the music and the alcohol helped. And, we really enjoyed the idea of appropriating urban public places.

                              If you decide to go, go with people you like. We did say hi to our neighbours, but most of our time was spent with the other couple we went with.

                              The bus was pretty comfortable. The only weird part was that you have to be man/woman couples, so, if you're gay, you're out of luck. I am hoping that willchange soon.

                              1. re: hala

                                What a load of pretentious crap (& that's the Tory in me talking). It'd be silly enough if it were free or moderate amount like $5 to cover the bus, but ppl are dumb enough to pay $25 for it? & carry the tables and chairs!?! Wow. (Interesting that they alienate the presumed target audience of urban yuppies with the homophobic policy though.)

                                Btw, its very easy to dress up, play music, and appropriate vast amounts of public space in Mtl in the name of Dionysian excess, for free. It's called tam tams, goes down every Sunday. You should check it out.

                                1. re: Shattered

                                  The key difference is that a large percentage of those who frequent the Tam Tams don't care if they spill their lunch on their perfect white outfit.

                                  I agree, though, you're basically paying $25 for a bus ride to an unknown destination, the "privilege" of carrying EVERYTHING, and being seated with strangers may or may not appeal to you. If having an elegant picnic in white with a large amount of people appeals to you, why not just appropriate a stretch of grass along the Lachine Canal, set out a bunch of blankets, and do it yourself?

                                2. re: hala

                                  I am happy to say that, if I understood correctly, you can now have a same-sex couple at the white dinner.

                                  Dîner en Blanc de Montréal (Fan Page Officielle)

                                  NOUVELLE IMPORTANTE - Depuis 23 ans, le DEB a été connu pour recréer les traditions du dîner élégant à la française. Les traditions évoluent et en reconnaissance et respect du monde d'aujourd'hui, le Dîner en Blanc de Montréal est heureux et fier de lever l’obligation de mixité de tablée.

                                  1. re: hala

                                    It still doesn't excuse their homophobic policy that existed in previous years... and their line is pathetic..... did society change that much from 2010 to 2011. Maybe that's why they need a secret location... to avoid people protesting.

                2. Nevermind, I just watched the youtube video and it looks pretty good... Who caters though and how is the food? Is there a different menu theme each year?

                  Also, how strict is the dress code? I've got enough pair of white pants and a white linen shirt and some oxfords, but would it be alright if I wore a white/brown madras jacket or light sand colored chukkas or would I be stoned? I don't own a 'pure white jacket' (not sure why anyone would!) and the only white shoes I have are canvas deck shoes. Maybe a pair of two-tone bucks... how strict are they with this?

                  Also, will the annoying techno/house club music from that video be pumping out all night long? I just want to get an idea of whether this is more of a summer dance party event or worthwhile foodie thing. Lastly, if I put my name on the list, is it assumed that I'll have a +1 invitation to bring along a friend?

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                  1. re: OliverB

                    You bring everything; food, booze/juice/water ... even cultlery and plates and everything white.

                    People dress white, not beige, off-white or light pink or light teal, it's white; who cares if it's fashion or not, you can grab a cheap-ass white skirt/dress/shirt/pants at the "village des valeurs" .....

                    just go for it ...

                    have a look at : http://www.montreal.tv/portail/view_v...

                    1. re: Maximilien

                      Sorry, I'm sure people will have fun but I don't see the point if you have to bring everything yourself... I can do that anywhere whenever I want. Looks kinda silly to me (and a bit douchey with the djs and club music)... But enjoy it if it's your thing!

                      1. re: OliverB

                        one chow member said she had a good time last year and sent us pictures of what she decided to make , anyways looks like they get a good turnout so must appeal to some whether the mystery location, claiming an urban stretch of land for an impromptu picnic or the challenge of the preparation.
                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/729117

                        1. re: OliverB

                          You don't have to bring the food. They had 2 different caterers last year that you could order food and drink from. Most people did bring their own alcohol. And you do have to carry the table and chairs.
                          In terms of clothes, we saw everything. Lots of people were in tuxes, but many others were in really cheap looking clothes (especially the men).

                          1. re: hala

                            there is a popup evening on july 13 for firework festival, atleast for this event you dont have to pay for transport nor bring your table, chairs and food! --2 drinks included in price; no English version available. It is hosted by avocado catering and food variety looks appealing. Here are photos from last years event at same place
                            http://avocadotraiteur.com/avocado/le...

                            for menu/price
                            http://popupangesetdemons.eventbrite....

                            www.facebook.com/AVOCADOTraiteur
                            www.twitter.com/_AVOCADO

                            1. re: wilmagrace

                              --montreal oysterfest this year will be on September 11 (old montreal)

                              --montreal cupcake camp will be back in the fall, probably november, details to come: http://www.facebook.com/cupcakecampmo...

                              I do hope they find a bigger place than Queen Elisabeth Hotel as lineups were enough to make you go home, which I did

                    2. The Festival Polonais appears to be happening at the end of August.
                      http://festivalpolonais.com/

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                      1. re: EaterBob

                        4pm wed. august 10 there will be a special rural dining event

                        www.outstandinginthefield.com Our mission is to re-connect diners to the land and the origins of their food, and to honor the local farmers and food artisans who cultivate it.

                        HOST FARMER: Jean-Pierre Bertrand, Jean-Pierre Bertrand's Garden, St-Joseph-du-Lac, QC

                        GUEST CHEF: Samuel Pinard, La Salle a Manger, Montreal

                        Our first Montreal area event. Market gardener Jean Pierre Bertrand has a very small farm. He is known for growing small scale for discerning Montreal area chefs. If you have dined at Montreal's best restaurants, now you can get outside and see where it comes from. Jean Pierre will give a thorough tour of the profuse greenery of his back 40 meters before we walk a short distance to gather at our long table. Chef Samuel Pinard of the restaurant La Salle a Manger sent us to gardener Jean Pierre and we will send Samuel out to the field.

                        Tickets start at $180 per person (plus local sales tax) which includes a reception with wine and passed appetizers, four seated courses with wine pairings, all gratuities, producer discussions, and a tour of the farm.

                        Arriving guests are welcomed to the farm and shown to the greeting area where guests mingle and enjoy a glass of wine. There is an introductory talk and we begin a guided tour of the host farm or site. A tour is generally 30 to 45 minutes in length. Guests arrive at our long table for a meal composed by the guest chef in our nomadic al fresco kitchen. Dinner is served family style (or farm style) Wines are paired with each course. During the meal, the local producers who provided ingredients for the menu talk about their respective crafts and diners are encouraged to ask questions.

                        1. re: wilmagrace

                          ukrainian festival for food (also have a beer garden Friday) on weekend in september
                          Opening Hours
                          Friday September 09th 2011 6pm - 10pm (BEER GARDEN)
                          Saturday September 10th 2011 10am - 10pm
                          Sunday September 11th 2011 10am - 5pm
                          http://www.ukefestmontreal.org/en/pro...

                          1. re: wilmagrace

                            Oooh. Thanks for posting this. I've seen similar events in other cities but never one near Montreal!

                        2. Has anyone heard of this before:

                          http://www.dinnerinthesky.ca/en_index...

                          The most ridiculous concept Ive seen yet... you sit at a table on top of a crane.

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                          1. re: OliverB

                            Ha! I know they ran this last year, I had seen it and it didn't take much thought to decide that it wasn't for me... I can't imagine swinging around above Laval (I think that's where it was set up last year... is it the same this year?) and EATING and actually having a good time. I am too squeamish for such things. Maybe someone can convince me otherwise, but for now I stay at tables with legs firmly planted on the ground! Don't get me wrong, I love new concepts, but this is one I think I'll just have to imagine... Has anyone been? What was it like?

                            1. re: butterTarrt

                              The dumbest part is that they only provide the flying table... not the food!

                              So you pay to have them lift a table up into the sky on a crane, and then hire a caterer or chef to go up in the air with you (they have a floating kitchen attached!) ... surely one of the dumber and more expensive ways to eat dinner. I'd sonner make a sandwich and climb a telephone pole.

                              1. re: OliverB

                                Noooo! the food is not included? Wow... i hadn't even considered that.

                                1. re: butterTarrt

                                  all the new channels interviewed guests last year and showed photos as such a novelty. It made me queasy but then I detest heights!

                                  1. re: wilmagrace

                                    anyone hearing the news would certainly know the royal couple are going to the ithq to learn how to cook; they specifically asked about learning how to make a souffle and a lobster souffle was chosen. The final product will be served to them and other vips and this same menu with its quebec focus will be on the menu at the ithq restaurant July 12-30 if any tourists or montreal foodies want to give it a try, for reservations:contact ithq hotel concierge at 514-282-5161. This english version has omissions so if you want the full menu details check out french
                                    http://www.ithq.qc.ca/fr/nouvelles_de...

                                    Royal Menu

                                    July 12 to 30, 2011, as of 6 p.m.

                                    Meal in honour of the visit by

                                    Their Royal Highnesses

                                    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

                                    July 2, 2011

                                    Amuse-bouche

                                    Eastern Townships goat cheese, baby cucumber and elderberry jam

                                    Wine

                                    L’Orpailleur Brut, L’Orpailleur Vineyard

                                    Cold Entrée

                                    Québec foie gras on a toasted brioche served with apple cider jelly

                                    Wine

                                    Havelock Cuvée spéciale 2008, Vignoble du Marathonien

                                    Warm Entrée

                                    Îles-de-la-Madeleine lobster prepared two ways

                                    Wine

                                    Vidal 2009, Domaine les Brome Vineyard

                                    Main Course

                                    Herb and cranberry-crusted Charlevoix Lamb (PGI*) loin with seasonal vegetables from Québec

                                    Wine

                                    Cabernet Severnyi 2008, Carone Vineyard

                                    Dessert

                                    White dream

                                    Fresh cheese bar and maple caramel with feathery meringue and biscuit

                                    Wine

                                    Neige récolte d’hiver 2008, La face cachée de la pomme Vineyard

                                    Coffee and tea

                                    $55 per person

                                    $90 per person, including wine pairing for the meal

                                    Service and taxes extra

                                    http://www.ithq.qc.ca/en/hotel/salle-...

                                    1. re: wilmagrace

                                      maybe not a propos here, but if you want to keep the food theme after your resto meal you can go watch films on food theme at food film festival this week

                                      http://www.midnightpoutine.ca/food/20...
                                      http://www.cinemaduparc.com/prochaine...

                          2. The Portuguese festival at the church on St-Urbain at Rachel is the weekend of Aug 5-7th.

                            Japanese festival is Aug 13th.
                            http://festivaljapon.com/

                            Italian week is Aug 5-14th.
                            http://www.semaineitaliennedemontreal...

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                            1. re: Shattered

                              I've been hearing about the Portuguese festival for years, I'm definitely trying to get there this year.

                            2. Saturday- Festival gastronomique Saveurs du Pérou et de l’Amérique latine

                              http://www.gastronomieperoumontreal.c...

                              Sunday - Festival de la Cuisine Méditerranéenne

                              http://festivaldelamediterranee.com/p...

                              Never been to these; would appreciate feedback.... thanks

                              1. Just a reminder that this year's Fiesta des Cultures de Saint-Remi will take place on the last weekend of August.

                                http://www.fiestadescultures.com/

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                                1. re: SnackHappy

                                  If anyones interested in joining the tomatina (tomato fight) BRING A CHANGE OF CLOTHES. Its lotsa fun, but the majority of the supplied tomatoes are, ahhh, well past their prime (stinky).

                                  1. re: porker

                                    kathy lee gifford is bringing tv show to old montreal jacques cartier square thurs, am +friday also in city, and is looking for suggestions of what to do here on today show facebook; she will be trying the cuisine, learning how to make poutine, wish i could watch the show to see that!

                                    October 21, 2011 - October 23, 2011 Complexe desjardins

                                    Meet vintners and learn all about the wines and cheeses of Québec, from the production process through appellations and origins, organoleptic qualities and wine-and-cheese pairing. Aficionados can enjoy making new discoveries through workshops, talks and tasting sessions. Products may be purchased on site. There is a list of the wines and cheeses but i dont know if it is 2011 list yet.

                                    http://www.salonvinsfromages.ca/

                                    the excellent wine and spirit show which is held every two years here will be back next March at the Palais des congrès

                                    March 01, 2012 - March 31, 2012 (Dates to be confirmed

                                    )

                                    Grape growers from around the world gather for this international-calibre show which includes wine-tasting and conferences that put quality wines and spirits in the limelight. To prolong the experience of discovery, take some of these unique products home with you. This biennial event is for adults only and is held in years ending in an even number. ...details forthcoming on their website http://salondesvins.com/en/index.php

                                    here is another 2012 which can be transferred when we decide to start a next year list

                                    May 01, 2012 - May 31, 2012 (Dates to be confirmed

                                    )

                                    Unique in Québec, the Bromont Chocolate Fest is where chocolate in all its forms is celebrated. Set in the heritage sector of Bromont, the Fest is a-one-of-a-kind event, offering the general public tastings and cultural activities.

                                    http://www.feteduchocolat.ca/

                                    1. re: wilmagrace

                                      pig festival, past drummondville

                                      http://www.festivalducochon.com/festi...

                                      Held in Sainte-Perpétue every year, the Festival du Cochon has four different pig races, each unique in the world! Whether small, fat or wild, the pig always succeeds in awakening the pride of its adversaries, who put on a zany show. The pig festival is known for its festive, educational side. Its entertaining side will make it possible for you to see Kaïn, Rachid Badouri, Marie-Mai and many others. The site features an elevated permanent outdoor stage that allows the audience to enjoy an unrestricted view! During your stay, find out more about pigs and go rub shoulders with them at the small farm, by passing through the ride area. The festival is also the perfect place to savour Quebec pork products as part of a table-d’hôte meal, grilled, for breakfast or with a Mexican flair. Festival du Cochon

                                      August 3 to 7, 2011

                                      Fetes gourmandes, Laval; various food products, cooking demonstrations, degustations

                                      Cet événement devient donc un rendez-vous familial, qui aura lieu du 27 au 31 juillet, au Centre Laval, à seulement quelques pas du métro Montmorency....Les Fêtes Gourmandes Internationales de Laval accueilleront 100 exposants qui proposeront des mets uniques et originaux provenant de partout dans le monde. Les secteurs agricoles, avicoles, brassicoles et vinicoles, des plus traditionnels aux plus exotiques, seront représentés. Bref, de tout pour plaire à vos papilles gustatives !

                                      Le Québec sera dignement représenté grâce à un secteur réservé exclusivement aux produits du terroir. Un must pour les épicuriens

                                      http://www.fetesgourmandesinternation...

                                      There was a big Peruvian festival (with food specialities) in Jeanne Mance Park today (opposite tamtams), annual event so can bookmark for next year! Parking was impossible....

                                      http://www.festivalperuviendemontreal...

                                      click on gastronomie section to see chefs and restaurants participating and food pictures!
                                      you can also read all the regulations listed that kiosks have to meet as per municipal standards

                                      1. re: wilmagrace

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                                        1. re: wilmagrace

                                          Last year's Les Fetes Gourmandes was awful in my opinion. There was almost no seating, no shade, not very good food, and very expensive. The site was also on a sandy lot so it was very dusty and dirty. Last year was at Centropolis and I see that this year it is at Centre Laval so maybe the site will be nicer/better.

                                          1. re: nextguy

                                            It will probably be only less sandy as the parking lot is paved!

                                    2. re: SnackHappy

                                      Fiesta des Cultures post updated with some photographs from today.
                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/802679
                                      The Fiesta continues tomorrow. The biggest challenge for Montrealers may be crossing the bridges.

                                      1. re: TheSnowpea

                                        I'm more worried about the expected torrential downpour, but I'll try to make it anyway. Did you see the Michoacan enchilada stand? I hope they're there. I love those things.

                                        1. re: SnackHappy

                                          I don't know, frankly. I was in a daze of food from the stuff I sampled.

                                          I'm hungry again and now I want to go back and try more food stands !!!

                                          If you go, please try the lechona and report back! I'm kicking myself (but I was so full at the time) for not trying it.

                                    3. Juste pour nourrir - in assoc. w/Just for Laughs
                                      Wednesday, July 27, from 6 pm (corrected)
                                      Place des Spectacles
                                      Street food by Grummann 78, Le comptoir, La fabrique, Bottega, Nouveau Palais & More.

                                      Deets: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nouvea...

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                                      1. re: kpzoo

                                        The Grummann 78 trucks seems to be permanently parked outside of PdA on the corner of St-Cathe and St Urbain throughout the fest... I wonder if they're serving during daytime hours too? I was kind of hoping to pass by around noonish today.

                                      2. Just a reminder that the Festival polonais de Montréal is on this weekend in Préfontaine park.

                                        http://festivalpolonais.com/

                                        Also, the Saint-Laurant street sale always has lots of food, and this year Librairie Espanola is selling paella as they did for the Juste Pour Rire street food event.

                                        http://boulevardsaintlaurent.com/

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                                        1. re: SnackHappy

                                          Oktoberfest in Repentigny this fri-sat, looks like a wide variety of beers from microbrasseries across the province

                                          http://oktoberfestdesquebecois.com/si...

                                          http://oktoberfestdesquebecois.com/

                                          also certain quebec farms are open for visits, food samples this Sunday
                                          http://www.portesouvertes.upa.qc.ca/

                                          and later on THE “BROME LAKE DUCK FESTIVAL” CELEBRATES
                                          DUCK, WINE AND ALL THINGS DELICIOUS
                                          September 17-18, 24-25
                                          http://www.canardenfete.ca/indexEn.html

                                          1. re: mangoannie

                                            I have to share: at first (quick) glance, I read 'Brome Lame Duck Festival' and had a giggle.

                                            1. re: TheSnowpea

                                              I am quite capable of such a typo!

                                              10 of Montreal’s chefs will be in a cookoff for the best reinvented hamburger -all for a good cause; some of the chefs are from Bice, Feirreira, chez l'epicier, Pintxo, Kitchenette/Icehouse, Barroco. Jolyfou, Le grain de sel, Boucan; All who attend along with judges (lesley chesterman, bloggers, etc.) will vote for the best.burger

                                              September 21st from 6PM

                                              Montreal Science Centre - The Belvedere

                                              2, de la Commune West, on the Quays of the Old Port

                                              for price and details:

                                              http://www.danslarue.com/en/events

                                        2. There will be a "food court" / "food lab" at SAT tomorrow between 12 & 7, featuring kiosks from Grumman '78, Nouveau Palais, Nora Gray, and others.

                                          http://grumman78.com/wp-content/uploa...

                                          https://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php...

                                          -----
                                          Nouveau Palais
                                          281 Rue Bernard W, Montreal, QC H2V1T5, CA

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                                          1. re: kpzoo

                                            I tried out foodlab market (on st. laurent just up from de maisonneuve) out of curiosity and although it was kind of deserted at rushhour time I went, I think it is a fabulous idea. Some of what I recall there were bio veggie/fruit stand, creperie truck, gruman 78 truck, Nora Gray stand had meatballs, Nouveau Palais had stacked hamburger, there was an oyster stand, Morgan farm with organic bio meats to purchase or eat (taking orders for wild turkey for Christmas!), etc. I ended up trying another gruman taco, pork belly with creamy cabbage which was the best yet (but I think I said that about all the previous ones I tried, except for veggie version) and hibiscus juice the highlight of the meal, they make it by drying out hibiscus leaves and reconstituting with syrup base into this unique delicious drink which was $2 and the taco $4. Upbeat music on site. Found it very original with good variety of foods. I forgot to mention kangaroo experience was there as well with kangaroo sausages, steaks and seal steak. The foodlab closes up for the season last day being tomorrow 10-4pm

                                            -----
                                            Nouveau Palais
                                            281 Rue Bernard W, Montreal, QC H2V1T5, CA

                                            1. re: kpzoo

                                              We dropped by the Food Court, last evening to check things out. I had never tried Grumman 78 and was very much looking forward to it. I don't know how business was in the afternoon, but around 6pm it was not very busy.

                                              We tried both tacos offered by Grumman. Lamb curry ($6 for one taco!) was good, but forgettable. The curried lamb lacked depth and heat. It tasted like a recipe from a woman's magazine. Pork belly ($4) was much, much better. The pork bits were crispy and flavourful and with a bit of lime and Valentina sauce it really came to life. One thing that struck me as odd was that with prices they charge, Grumman could have better tortillas and give you the normal 2 per taco instead of just one. You'd think a $6 taco would come on a homemade tortilla.

                                              Nouveau Palais was selling burgers ($4 or 2 for $6). They were decent. The bun was some sort of eggy roll. The meat, griddled to medium well, was tasty but had no crust and could have used a bit more seasoning. It wasn't bad, but nothing to go out of your way for.

                                              Pulled pork sandwich from Pas de cochon dans mon salon was underwhelming. The bun was too dense, the sauce had no punch and the meat was not at all smokey.

                                              I didn't try kangourou or seal, because it just looked like gimmicky county fair stuff.

                                              Overall, I found the experience underwhelming and, with the exception of the Nouveau Palais burger, the prices were a bit absurd. Some people were selling 100g bags of shortbread cookies for $10,50. That's $105 a kilo! I don't pay that much for foie gras.

                                              1. re: SnackHappy

                                                It tasted like a recipe from a woman's magazine
                                                HA

                                            2. Grumman '78 is having a taco party today (Oct. 2) at their loft in St-Henri - it started at 2 pm and goes until late.

                                              Here's the menu (with prices) and details - in addition to tacos there are other items including fried chicken, short ribs, stuffed peppers, and dessert.

                                              http://www.yfrog.com/h82l6ipj

                                              https://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php...

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                                              1. re: kpzoo

                                                I went to the Taco Party and the food was awesome! We got the following tacos: The Lamb curry, mole chicken, meatball and pork belly. We also got the short ribs. Every was so good, that I'm not sure that I can pick a favourite dish.

                                                The creamy cabbage, apples and pork belly were fantastic. Such an amazing flavour.
                                                The lamb curry with some cliantro and another crunchy salad topping was great, a nice play with the spices and textures.
                                                The meatball taco also had a radish and crunchy topping with some olives on it. Very good but the meatballs were lukewarm (but fully cooked).
                                                The mole chicken was so nice! With a creamed corn topping and nice shredded chicken - yum!
                                                The braised short ribs came with some rice and I think baby turnips (but I could be wrong). Very nice that was my boyfriend's favourite of the bunch.

                                                We went to their last Taco Party in August and both times the food was excellent and the environment is nice and laid back. Great way to bring some sunshine on this rainy day!

                                              2. Is anyone going to the M. Wells feast at Grumman 78 HQ on Saturday night? They're also doing a "brunch" starting at 2 on Sunday.

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                                                1. re: certifiedfresh

                                                  it was very much food. $60 worth more than. Pity Canadien lose.

                                                  1. re: mangoannie

                                                    Looks interesting... any idea what '30 coupons de dégustation' gets you?

                                                    1. re: OliverB

                                                      i believe last year some cheese samples were 2 coupons and some wine around 3 but varies. i enjoyed buying some cheeses, bought st elizabeth to try. I may go by tonight so could give you better idea.

                                                      1. re: mangoannie

                                                        Thanks, that's not too bad... would be great fi you could report back as there are some interesting vendors and I might swing by on Sunday!

                                                        1. re: OliverB

                                                          Difficult to say re prices as wines, ice wines vary in price but start at 3 coupons, however there are some wines to taste at less cost, eg vignoble gagliano will give you 3 small tastings of their red wines for 3 coupons (dessert wines are more), saq booth has wine for 1 coupon, also gagliano wine for 2 coupons etc. The best deal on cheeses is`l`ancetrs where you get 8 diifferent samples for your 3 coupons (very good aged cheddar), but I also enjoyed the goat cheese kiosk, and the small cheese plate even though it cost 5 coupons,. There are kiosks of foie gras, charcuterie, chocolates, artisan breads all of which I sampled and wine for my 20 coupons You can buy cheeses, other products, and wines to take home. It is small exhibit in centre court but interesting venue to try some new wines and cheeses of our province, there were also speakers discussing wine. I was able to park in front, they now have free 2 hour parking on that section of st catherine, no parking metres in sight! You can buy additional coupons inside the salon --10 coupons for $7. The Quebec wines at the salon are being featured in Montreal restaurants this weekend. There is a bar to taste award winning wines and music at certain hours. There is a taste test at saq booth to differentiate quebec and france wine (3 coupons, entry to win gift basket) and I guessed wrong! I enjoyed all the wines I sampled. It was busy but enough booths so you could avoid lineups on Friday evening.

                                                          Next weekend (thurs.-sat.) there is a bigger wine and spirits event at conference centre

                                                          http://www.congresmtl.com/link_out.as... english version available

                                                          and there is a list of exhibitors. This will be more international in focus and more expensive with entry fee, and then coupons. for wine tasting, with some food samples availabe with coupons.

                                                  2. Salon Choc'Arôme
                                                    chocolate exhibition in St-Jérôme

                                                    19 novembre 2011
                                                    Centre Communautaire Notre-Dame
                                                    655 rue Filion, Saint-Jérôme
                                                    10:00 à 18:00

                                                    http://sites.google.com/site/chocarom...

                                                    Neat for chocolate lovers on the north shore! I heard it went really well the years before :)

                                                    1. not sure if this is legit post ...but there is a new foodie show with hosts being joe beef owners on cjad saturdays at 4pm, suppose to include some discussion of resto scene ....
                                                      http://www.cjad.com/Shows/DinnerRush....

                                                      1. For those looking for a resto to celebrate the Amercian thanksgiving, les deux gamins in plateau is serving a traditional meal on Nov. 24, reservations needed, cost is $27

                                                        The Montreal Highlights festival will provide on Nov. 29 the details of the chefs, restos and meal descriptions for their indoor program. There will be 20 chefs and chocolatiers; Wallonie-Bruxelles is the focus of the event and also for the cultural component there will be performers/artists from Belgium. The Event takes place Feb. 16-26 this year and for the first time all the events will be centred in one place around the Place des Festivals. According to the montreal highlight festival site `` the free outdoor program and all the activities of the Nuit blanche à Montréal will be unveiled in January``

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                                                        1. re: mangoannie

                                                          chocolatiers? Music to my ears!

                                                          I really hope they organize some dessert tasting menus.

                                                          http://www.opt.be/contenus/les_chocol...

                                                          1. re: mangoannie

                                                            re montreal highlights festival in February,
                                                            the program is up, here is info for those wanting to book the special dining events

                                                            http://www.montrealenlumiere.com/gast...

                                                            1. re: mangoannie

                                                              This looks great... has anyone been in past years and was it worth the cost for the themed fixed prix over visiting restaurants like La Porte, DNA, Toque, Chronique, Cocagne, Les 400 Coups, Laloux, Chez L'Epicier, Le Saint-Gabriel, Aix, Decca77, Laurie-Raphael, Graziella, etc. outside of the festival's calendar? Or is it just an excuse to promote these restaurants through the tourism board? Is the focus of the festival always on Belgium or a different region (European?) each year?

                                                              1. re: OliverB

                                                                The focus is usually a different region each year, but last year the focus was women.

                                                                I have been to several lunches since it's a lot harder to leave my very young kids with a sitter and go out to dinners and we loved each of them. I am pretty sure that the board of tourism supports this because they want to increase foot trafic to restaurants, but, I think that the local chefs benefit a lot from interacting with the visiting chefts and we all profit from that.

                                                          2. metiers d art starts in 20 days, they always have a small gourmet food section at back-- here is list of this year's participants (entrance free)


                                                            Anse aux herbes inc. (L')
                                                            Canardises (Les)
                                                            Cassis Monna & filles
                                                            Cerisaie Le Temps des Cerises (La)
                                                            Chocolaterie DouceSoeur
                                                            Chocolats Geneviève Grandbois
                                                            Chocolats Vaidie
                                                            Cidrerie du Minot
                                                            Cidrerie Verger Bilodeau
                                                            Clos Saint-Denis (Les)
                                                            Cochons tout ronds (Les)
                                                            Condiments Varia (Les)
                                                            Confiserie Tessier dit Lavigne
                                                            Domaine de Lavoie
                                                            Domaine Pinnacle
                                                            Ducs de Montrichard
                                                            Face Cachée de la Pomme (La)
                                                            Ferme Québec-Oies (La)
                                                            Fraises Louis Hébert (Les)
                                                            Gourmet Sauvage Inc.
                                                            Henderson Farms
                                                            Herboristerie La Maria
                                                            Le lait à la bouche
                                                            Maison du Macaron inc (La)
                                                            Miel Morand
                                                            Miel nature
                                                            Nutra-Fruit inc
                                                            Point G
                                                            Ricaneux (Le)
                                                            Saveurs Oubliées (Les)
                                                            Simon Turcotte confiturier
                                                            Talie chocolat
                                                            Van Houtte
                                                            Verger Lacroix et Cidrerie
                                                            Verger Pedneault
                                                            Vergers Philion
                                                            Vinerie du Kildare

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                                                            1. for special themed meals the Restaurant de l'Institut has events noted on their facebook link, the next one being November 28 in honour of chef Ferran Adria (elBulli) and then 5 of the dishes will appear in December menu at restaurant

                                                              http://www.facebook.com/restaurantithq

                                                              1. the christmas market is up in old montreal, the part I saw was on lower jacques cartier square and didnt seem much, tiny huts with a few products of alsace region of France(cake, chocolates, tarte flambée) but from list I missed the other ones which must have been further up or down in the port area, so will return again as I know someone who would love to try the Barbe à papa faite à partir de sirop d’érable
                                                                http://www.lesfeeriesduvieuxmontreal....

                                                                  1. re: hala

                                                                    That looks cool! Did you mean to post this in the 2012 events thread? :-)

                                                                    1. re: kpzoo

                                                                      Should I have put it elsewhere?

                                                                      1. re: hala

                                                                        I think you posted it in last year's thread by accident - this is the 2011 thread. :-)

                                                                        1. re: kpzoo

                                                                          Oh! I never noticed! Thanks!