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Food Events & Festivals in Quebec & Montreal - 2012 Master List

Starting a thread for food events in 2012.

Thanks to SnackHappy for the heads-up about this year's Fiesta des Cultures - Mexican and Guatemalan Festival in St-Remi - taking place August 24-26, 2012

Full 2011 thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/802679
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/fiestadescult...
Website: http://www.fiestadescultures.com/

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  1. Do not know more details than the webdescription, price seems right


    there is an international food event taking place in Montreal this year but I have forgotten the name, there was a posting about it last year, I think last event was in Paris or Singapore, does anyone remember the name of this event?

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    1. re: mangoannie

      Dishcrawl is a kind of bait and switch. They get the restaurants to offer up the dishes for free (or at significant discounts) and then charge the participants "full retail." The menu is driven by what restaurants are willing to offer food that will give them the biggest margins, not by what is delicious. Sort of like Groupon.

      And Derek Dammann is participating in Omnivore

      1. re: EaterBob

        I like the concept of Dishcrawl, I've done 3 of them. Loved the first one (desserts), less than thrilled with the others. until now, I did not understand why they were so expensive. Thanks EaterBob!

        My turn to ask a question. As part of High Lights, is the cheese festival returning to Complexe Desjardins, or are we stuck with the cheesy chef competition at the Queen E? (Fully aware of the pun)


        1. re: rwarren

          what a pity, I dont see anything listed about the cheese festival online or in their brochure; complexe desjardins doesnt yet have their events posted for 2012


          1. re: mangoannie

            I actually emailed the ourcheeses.ca website and they said that, sadly, the Cheese Festival would not be happening in 2012. Something about renovations at Complexe Desjardins.

          2. re: rwarren

            dishcrawl january version was featured on tourism montreal site

          3. re: EaterBob

            The food is not free. Your ticket covers at least 90% of the cost of the food. The restaurants are not chosen by margin.

            ps: I organized the Croissant Dishcrawl in October 2010.

            1. re: marblebag

              but it is a for-profit organisation right?

              1. re: marblebag

                My bad, and apologies. How are the restaurants chosen?

                1. re: EaterBob

                  The event I organized had bakeries chosen based on personal tasting with great sacrifice to my waistline. It was not a for-profit event but that may have changed since. The company's plan at the time was to build community karma and make money on ads

                  When I helped plan an event last year I was given an area of interest. I built a Google map of restaurants and the organizer picked them based on a theme.

                  1. re: marblebag

                    Last night's Dishcrawl went to three restaurants that are all owned by the same company. I find it hard to believe that delicious food was the main priority behind choosing them.

                    1. re: EaterBob

                      The list of restaurant was the following according to a tweet by @shutupandeat

                      Cheeburger Cheeburger, Deville Diner Bar, Anton & James and Reubens

                      1. re: westaust

                        Deville Diner Bar, Anton & James and Reubens are all owned by the Tzemopoulos brothers.

                      2. re: EaterBob

                        I didn't have time to go to that Dishcrawl but I have been to all restaurants previously. For all but Cheeburger I find the food quite excellent compared to the rest of the offering downtown.

            2. Let's not forget The Table of Hope on May 22nd at The Fairmount Queen Elizabeth Hotel.Over 50 of Montreal's top restauranteurs will be serving up their best dishes to fight Childhood Hunger.100% of the nights recei
              pts go to Share the Warmth's school breakfast and lunch programmes.

              1. Gryphon d'or will be doing its usual haggis lunch on Robbie Burns Day, this Wed. Jan. 25. Their other meal option will be scotch pies.

                Gryphon d'or
                5968 Monkland Ave. (between Hampton & Royal), NDG
                (514) 485-7377

                Gryphon haggis reports from past years

                More haggis options for 2012 via CBC

                1. there is the first edition of Je t`aime en chocolat Feb. 11-12 10am-5pm at Marche Bonsecours. Cacao Barry and Callebaut will be present -see website for events. Not sure if more than market for chocolate....but free entrance.


                  It was easier to see chocolatiers who will be present by going to facebook page, seem to be adding more


                  1. there was an interesting discussion about this festival on the radio, besides apple ice ciders there will be chocolates, foie gras, cheese and other treats from the area of rougemont;
                    Feb. 10-12 (fifth anniversary)


                    1. besides the restos and complexe desjardins places here are the exterior snacking choices at Montreal Highlight festival some events starting next Tuesday, gruman tacos, roasting marshmallows and Belgian chocolates on my list!

                      Escales gourmandes

                      Dôme RBC


                      Cocktail urbain

                      Bistro le balmoral

                      en extérieur


                      Bistro de glace SAQ


                      Grumman 78

                      16 au 19 février

                      Brasserie T! en extérieur

                      24 au 26 février

                      F BAR en extérieur

                      Maison du chocolat


                      PLACE LOBLAWS

                      sphères Loblaws

                      baraq ue à frites

                      Bar et Animat ion



                      Café Jura

                      Porto Cabral

                      Gaufres/waffles belges

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                      1. re: mangoannie

                        Oh wow... thanks, I didn't know about the chocolatiers. Will go for sure. Such a shame that they didn't do that with french chocolatiers or confiseurs when the spotlight was on France 2 years ago...

                        1. re: Glaff

                          I went to the chocolate festival in old montreal and found it to be really well done, no pressure to purchase and lots of samples. Also had various kinds of chocolate ice cream,cupcakes, macarons (I bought ice cider one from point g-delicious!), homemade treats including marshmallows and beautiful chocolates from artisans across Quebec as well as Belgium. Nice opportunity to get gifts for Feb. 14 and free event. There were also large chocolate statutes to show creativity.

                          1. re: mangoannie

                            Yes I went too. Far from being perfect, but I liked it... strange that the best chocolatiers were not part of the event though... Maybe they just invited chocolatiers who works with Barry? Where were Chloé, Grandbois, Chocobel, Fous Desserts, Gendron, etc... ?

                            Still, it was great to finally be able to taste Point G macarons FRESH. They were really good. Unfortunately at the store they are almost always dry and tasteless...

                            I tried a little bit of everything and my favorites were Le Comptoir de Bruxelles. By the way they are from Belgium, but are now based here and will open a pâtisserie/chocolaterie soon in Vaudreuil. I think they had a shop in Bruxelles before moving here. Hope they will open something in Montreal one day!

                            1. re: Glaff

                              Your theory about Barry/Callebaut is sound. Chloe, Grandbois and Fous Desserts all use Valrhona chocolates.

                              I didn't enjoy the Christophe Morel macarons but I liked the crispy cookies bits in white chocolate from Barry.

                        2. re: mangoannie

                          Best place to snack is RBC dome where there is bar but also resto with good choices, I had the cone of gaspesie cod beignets which was fine but companion loved the 4 selection pizza. Also recommend the waffle kiosk with different belgian versions, I liked the liege natur one (can add chocolate, but was sweet enough). Grumman specials of the day (foie gras taco, feta and pepper taco, mexican minestrone soup, etc) did not appeal to me but menu changes Had some french fries (6 kinds of mayo; some people ordering maple syrup poutine) and roasted some marshmallows (also offer different sausages to roast). Loblaws offers free samples of various cheeses, pate, juices and maple syrup on snow in plastic sheres. Families enjoying the entertainment, ferris wheel, toboggan run and weather makes it easy to get around. Montreal really has festival thing down pat, lots of places to warm up on site.
                          oops meant to put this under montreal highlight festival not chocolate festival!

                          1. re: mangoannie

                            Thanks for the report. Did you try the chocolatiers ?

                            1. re: Glaff

                              I went in to a wood house maison de chocolat but it was tiny and crowded; they were selling boxes of chocolates,mosaics, bars of chocolates (dark) and I didnt stop to ask questions as others were Balmoral had soup kiosk at side of resto There were kiosks near chocolate booth selling port, wine, amurala, coffee, hot cranberry drinks,... Amurala booth has drum, fire show at specific times which adds some heat. When I was there was a light music show projected on Balmoral building and also singer on main stage which is on Ste catherine. There was even an outside bar with chesterfields, lounge chairs and some heaters.

                              Oh just looked at brochure and it says Gruman is there 16-19 and the exterior service of brasserie T and F bar only available 24-26 Feb--that could be interesting. The wine bar in Dome serves tapas of caterer Vincent Lafleur and wines of Washington state. That area was pretty crowded--for the food they give you a number and serve you by finding you at a table or bar but it was hard to find a space to sit. The brochure says Laurent Gerbaud, Brussels and Francois Deremiens of Wallonia are the chocolatiers in Maison du Chocolat so guess I will go back to try a couple of their chocolates-they looked to be very good quality! It is not a food festival of course but nice to see the food is of decent quality and variety.

                        3. There's a beer event called Winter Warmer in Montreal on February 23-24-25 at Théâtre Plaza:
                          ''beers brewed especially for the occasion, oak-aged specialties, outstanding vintages or specially conditioned beers designed only for the occasion''


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                          1. re: mangeonsca

                            Was there yesterday and tried a Grumman taco for the first time. Ancho beef for $6, beef was very good but definitely not enough (I doubt there was more than 20g of beef in the taco), I could do without the lettuce and creamy dressing as well. I understand the cost of being at such events but sorry that was a rip off even if they do use the best sourced meats available. If they are going to charge $6 at least double the amount of meat.

                            Enjoyed the sampling at the JTM which is also part of the event , Chocolaterie ChocoMotive was amazing and are sold at Le Marché des Saveurs du Québec, Boucanerie Chelsea had excellent smoked products and great sampling of buffalo at Ferme Takwânaw.

                            1. re: ios94

                              I went back yesterday to main site to try the belgian chocolates which were good, even though dark chocolate it was not at all bitter. I bought some chocolate with figs, expensive but enjoyed it. I agree with you re taco, I looked at people getting the beef one and since it appeared mostly iceberg lettuce I switched to the feta bean one, which was fine but not outstanding. There were lineups everywhere so glad to went on Friday.

                          2. Cupcake "Training Camp" is this Sunday, March 4. For this smaller event (the big one is planned for fall) tickets are on sale in advance - $20 gets you 6 cupcakes and a drink, and as always, the money goes to charity. They're also still taking cupcake donations.


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                            1. re: kpzoo

                              Does anyone know why this year's cupcake camp was cancelled (originally scheduled for November 18th)? When is the next one suppose to be, do we have to wait until November 2013?

                            2. Is it true this site, chowhound, is shutting down soon, if so i had better take some notes!

                              Point-a-calliere cultural feast, Old Montreal, outside of archeology museum

                              Several Montréal restaurateurs will be set-up on the site to sell their specialties. Food from around the world, desserts, sweets, and other delights—an array of flavours to tempt visitors’ taste buds.

                              Children’s activities

                              Saturday May 26 from 11 am to 7 pm

                              Sunday May 27 from 11 am à 6 pm


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                              1. re: mangoannie

                                Shutting down?
                                I think you may be confusing the site shutting down with the Chow resto database.

                                "CHOW Restaurants and related features are going away. Until 3/20, your reviews and lists will be available for download in the Export My Data tab of your user profile page."


                              2. Just saw this one onTwitter:

                                Week-ends gourmands
                                Parc Jean Drapeau
                                March 3, 4, 10 and 11, 2012


                                1. FWIW, Hotel Nelligan is having a cabane a sucre on their rooftop terrasse, called Terrasse à Sucre March 30 to April 22. Friday and Saturday evenings ($35pp) and 2 Sunday brunch sittings ($29pp).

                                  1. Sorry if someone already listed this - I couldn't find it.

                                    There'll be a "foire alimentaire" (food fair?) March 8-11, noon-10 pm at Au Village des Neiges on Ile-Ste-Helene, featuring Grumman 78, Toqué, Brit & Chips, Satay Brothers, Nouveau Palais & more.



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                                    1. re: kpzoo

                                      Bumping up kpzoo's post since they just mentioned the foire alimentaire on CTV Mtl news. Unfortunately it will be difficult for me to make it this weekend.

                                      1. re: ios94

                                        they also mentioned it on radio when interviewing I spy web creator (montreal activities for children) who said it was a fun outing for family, some giving samples + snow activities nearby

                                    2. next weekend is the Eat Well and living green expo at palais des congres



                                      on another topic, The Omnivore Food Festival in Montreal on 18 August, 2012

                                      for upcoming details http://www.omnivore.fr/

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                                      1. re: mangoannie

                                        Hmm... an Omnivore Festival in Montreal is quite a good news for the city! I know it's part of a 12 cities world tour but still... For chefs I think it's one of the big food event in the world.

                                        Seems like it will be the only city in Canada to have it too.

                                      2. diner en blanc montreal has waiting list online for their event 2012, they also said you can offer to volunteer as setup, busboys to be part of event. Its free, potluck (some catering possibilities if I recall correctly), white outfit de rigueur! I know its not everyone`s idea of fun but popular with many Montrealers (or Quebecers who now have one in their city)



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                                        1. re: mangoannie

                                          The event is not free and there are no busboys. You can volunteer as a "Chef de bus" or "Chef Pieton", which is a sort of group leader. This person knows where the dinner is going to be held, and will lead their group (a bus load of people) to the location, and make sure everyone knows where to set up their table.

                                          1. re: hala

                                            oops I guess chef de bus means leader on the bus, hadnt taken it literally.....`I suppose it could be costly considering bus rentals, cleanup, traffic control and entertainment, what is the entrance cost
                                            It seems if you dont follow guidelines you will not be on inivte list following year, do you know what can `disbar` you? Are you thinking of going back or is it more of done that, seen that kind of thing?

                                            1. re: mangoannie

                                              I have not thought about this year yet. I still have some time before I have to decide.

                                              I am not sure what type of offence would put someone on their black list. The organisers did not seem to mind if people wore non white shoes, or the your picnic bag is not white.

                                        2. Verdun foodies, check this out:


                                          soupe aux pois de chez MAS Cuisine, tisane de la Maison de thé Cha Noir, bière à l'érable de la microbrasserie Bénélux, fêves au lard du resto-bar JoBlo et biscuits à l’érable du Café la Tazza.

                                          Tried everything except the beer and everything was great. Beans had big chunks of bacon (might be too sweet for some, but I like them that way) The soup was so good,my boy had two servings. The cookies were great, but I like anything Joanne from La Tazza makes. The tisane was a delicious Labrador tea. Plus, they are selling organic maple syrup. Did not try the beer since I don't like beer.

                                          Big bonus, last week, part of the proceeds went to the l’Harmonie Richelieu Monseigneur Richard.

                                          1. Table of Hope (previously Taste of the Nation) is back, Tues. May 22, doors open at 6:30pm Fairmont Elizabeth Hotel:
                                            - tasting event, featuring dishes from over
                                            40 of Montreals top restaurants, hoteliers,
                                            dessert specialists, and caterers;
                                            - Wine from some of the finest vineyards
                                            - Celebrity sous-chefs dishing out Montreal's
                                            finest food;
                                            - Silent auction and prize table.


                                            1. Interesting-looking free event next Thursday, April 5, 4-9 pm at the CCA.

                                              A taste for Montréal: an unconference - A look at Montreal through food, featuring a keynote by Normand Laprise, performers, and food ($5-6) from SAT FoodLab.


                                              1. This year's local Empty Bowls fundraiser is being held over two weekends:

                                                Saturday, April 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Unitarian Church of Montreal, 5035 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W.,

                                                Sunday, April 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Congregation Dorshei Emet, 18 Cleve Rd. in Hampstead.

                                                Tickets cost $20 for a handmade ceramic bowl and a serving of soup, bread and fruit. Children under the age of 12 pay $5 (for the meal only).

                                                All proceeds go to local food charities. This year's recipients are the N.D.G. Food Depot, Dorshei Emet Hanukkah Food Basket Fund, Generations Foundation, Multi-Caf and St. Michael's Mission.

                                                1. Taste of Caribbean Festival will be held Sunday May 27 at Bonsecours Market, 20 islands re food, entertainment, fashion show etc

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                                                  1. re: mangoannie

                                                    Dishcrawl was featured on ctv news last friday, next crawl is for mileend restos Tues. May 1


                                                  2. Week-ends du monde | July 7-8 and 14-15 2012 (more listings to come)


                                                    in this list there are some upcoming food events

                                                      1. Appetite for Books will be holding some events to celebrate Jamie Oliver's International Food Revolution Day, with proceeds going to his foundation. Includes:

                                                        Jamie-inspired boxed lunches with a dessert by Michelle Marek - May 18
                                                        Bake sale - May 19
                                                        Veggie-planting for kids - May 19
                                                        Food market - May 20

                                                        More info: http://www.appetitebooks.ca/AppetiteB...

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                                                        1. re: kpzoo

                                                          related to above appetitebooks events is the Real Food Festival at Espace Reunion 6600 Hutchinson, with some restos and food providers, music at 7pm, May 20 4-8pm tickets $5 at door and cost of food depends on vendor

                                                        2. chocolate festival bromont http://www.feteduchocolat.ca/
                                                          may 19 ,20 ,21, 26, 27

                                                            1. if you want to rediscover parc avenue and cheer on the businesses suffering from endless construcition mess they are having a two day event with degustations on the sunday May 27

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                                                              1. re: mangoannie

                                                                Ah - and for those who are into that sort of thing, TA will be holding their pie-eating contest at 1 pm as part of the festivities.

                                                                1. re: mangoannie

                                                                  Sweet occasion to revisit Araucaria and Ta Chido.

                                                                2. http://www.festibrouedesherbrooke.com/

                                                                  Sherbrooke finally gets a beer fest in late August! Thankfully, the crowds and wait times for delicious beverages will be significantly less hassle-free than the one in Montreal.

                                                                  Also, I can stumble home easily. BONUS.

                                                                  1. I thought the cultural fest in old montreal is improving, grumman 78 truck is there, in addition to regulars there are some additions of restos offering food such as devi for indian food,juni resto, lots of macaroons, yuki pastry shop etc. country of honour is japan this year. It is located along side of pac museum due to construction in area. Last day tomorrow


                                                                    1. The first edition of TASTE MTL - touted as a "restaurant week"-type event, has been announced by Tourism Montreal for November 1 to 11, 2012.

                                                                      No website yet, but a list of participating restaurants is here (PDF):

                                                                      They include Bar Tazaflores, Birks Café, Brasserie T!, Chez Delmo, Chez l'Épicier, Chez Victoire, Ferreira Café, Toqué! and Van Horne.

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                                                                      1. re: kpzoo

                                                                        Just to clarify that list is not final - restaurants are still being added. The complete list will be announced in July.

                                                                      2. Interesting list of chef competitors

                                                                        after posting I saw this blog with more details and photos, nice way for foodies to relax

                                                                        Some details on various activities for omnivore world tour at Montreal Aug. 18-20 ar posted online if you go to Montreal section

                                                                        for those who want to go on food circuits this summer here are a few places to start

                                                                        1. The woman that runs Nouveau Palais was on CJAD this afternoon and she mentioned that during the Just for Laughs fest there will be a bunch of food trucks set up on St Catherine during the entire fest including a burger truck they are still working on. Did I hear her say that APDC would have a truck too, someone confirm.

                                                                          This is all I could find and hahaha.com doesn't seem to have any info, http://www.urbanexpressions.ca/food/s....

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                                                                          1. re: ios94

                                                                            I saw this this morning, but no new information, and no details concerning APDC:

                                                                            1. re: sweettoothMTL

                                                                              It's very possible that I was hearing things while driving and listening. :)

                                                                              1. re: sweettoothMTL

                                                                                «Il n'y aura pas de hot-dogs», lance Mme Cerf...

                                                                                What the hell do these people have against hot-dogs? This is not the first time I've heard this. Fries, burgers, tacos and bloody pulled-pork are ok, but not hot-dogs? What is with these snobs?

                                                                                1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                  They are not snob..they rather sell 9$ tacos than 4$ hot dogs! :)

                                                                                  1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                    I'm sure if some hipster decided to sell Lafleur hot dogs for $8 it would be ok and there would be massive line ups. Oh wait, they already do that at Gros Jambon with $8 Nathan dogs. :)

                                                                                    1. re: ios94

                                                                                      nathan's in a homemade bun is not Lafleurs in a weston bun

                                                                              2. "Pas d’cochon dans mon salon" is what I heard not ADPC, sorry for the misunderstanding.

                                                                                Pas d'cochon...Au Pied du Cochon, potato...patato.

                                                                                  1. recap: dinner in white and ominovore events mid-August, for the latter they have info at world tour, montreal on reserving for the restaurant meals, and also demonstrations, interesting to see who is participating http://www.omnivore.fr/
                                                                                    MONTREAL, EDITORIAL, DEMO DE CUISINE, MAUDITS SOUPERS, OMNIVORIOUS PLANS ET INFOS RÉSERVEZ
                                                                                    -among the food experiences is the omnivorous aug. 18 is a party of 1000 people, DJ with 10 chefs making their creations on site, cost $40, reserve online at sat site
                                                                                    la Brigade Omnivore au complet: Patrice Demers et Marc-André Jetté (Les 400 coups – Montréal), le trio de Grumman 78 (Grumman 78 – Montréal), Marc-André Royal (Le St-Urbain – Montréal), Eloi Dion (Van Horne – Montréal), Petter Nilsson (La Gazzetta – Paris), Samuel Pinard (La Salle à Manger – Montréal), Simon Mathys (Bar & Boeuf – Montréal), Gita Seaton (Nouveau Palais – Montréal), Jérôme Bigot (Les Grès – Lindry), Martin Juneau (Le Pastage – Montréal) et John Horne (Canoe, Toronto)!

                                                                                    peruvian festival tomorrow afternoon in Jeanne Mance parc, some kiosks with latin american food from local restos


                                                                                    1. not a food event but this 2010 German film on 3 star (Michelin rated) restaurants on different continents looks like an interesting film for foodies and without the calories, currently playing at cinema du parc with subtitles


                                                                                      1. I forgot to post this earlier, but better late than never... the amazing Garlic Festival is this Saturday, August 18, in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue. Well worth a visit.


                                                                                        Highlights (found in the 2011 events thread, I think) include the amazing garlic rolls from one baker (hopefully they'll be back), a garlic-growing workshop, and the garlic-selling stands including garlic for eating and growing. Also features food kiosks and a garlic recipe contest.

                                                                                        1. For those interested in those kind of things :

                                                                                          Bitchin' Kitchen (nadia G) will be "taking over" the Macaroni Bar on the 18th.

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                                                                                          1. re: Maximilien

                                                                                            Mrs Porker was telling me about this. We wondered if she was bringing Guido the butcher and Sal the fish guy as well.

                                                                                          2. Just a reminder that this year's Fiesta des Cultures de Saint-Remi will take place NOW (aug 24-25-26). We're heading out @ noon, will likely post picts (tomatina tomato fight happening at 1:00pm)


                                                                                            1. martinique flavours in some restaurants/bars til Sept. 23

                                                                                              participating restaurants: http://www.martiniquegourmande.ca/par...

                                                                                              1. this might be of interest to foodies there will be some special activities around opening Nov. 3 of Williams-Sonoma store in Carrefour Laval including on Saturday Chuck Hughes will be signing his book, there will also be ateliers with the chefs from Pied de Cochon, Joe Beef, Liverpool House and there will be other information sessions; saw this in journal de montreal food section and on french carrefour site

                                                                                                kind of an aside but Dinner Rush on cjad was interesting today as two hosts listed favourites under different categories and they did say they now have fb site but I cant find it as not on fb; also, can someone find the blog/foodie list on this site. If someone wants to know the list from dinner rush and if not on the fb site I could post their suggestions

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                                                                                                1. re: mangoannie

                                                                                                  Great news for Mrs. Porker - she LOVES Williams-Sonoma. Always a must-stop while in Burlington VT.

                                                                                                2. went a couple years ago to this wine event and really enjoyed it, Nov.8-10, same week as montreal restaurant week so can eat, drink and be merry


                                                                                                  1. An Evening with Anthony Bourdain, Fred Morin & Dave McMillan
                                                                                                    Théâtre Maisonneuve
                                                                                                    Sunday May 5, 2013


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                                                                                                    1. re: JerkPork

                                                                                                      Last time I saw Bourdain give a talk he had absolutely nothing original to say. Anyone who pays $55-75 for this is a sap. Go spend that at a restaurant.

                                                                                                      I've seen two live Bourdain Q & As and they were especially ridiculous as Westmount housewives asked a series of inane questions like what is your favorite food or what is your favorite restaurant?

                                                                                                      It's the foodie version of the Ronnie's block party (does anyone get this reference ;0 )

                                                                                                      I don't blame the Joe Beef guys for jumping on the celebrity chef bandwagon given how well Bourdain has done but their point of view is getting tiresome. At least Bourdain has paid his dues by writing a series of compelling books and putting himself in some fairly uncomfortable situations - especially during his first tv show (which was vastly superior to the last 4 years of no reservations where he has transformed into grumpy old man).

                                                                                                      1. re: catroast

                                                                                                        I agree with you, I just put it out there as I'm sure some would be interested in attending. I don't get the point either as they will probably just talk about all their friends in the restaurant industry but hey good for him as the bandwagon is still full. I still enjoy watching his shows and look forward to his new CNN series debuting in April where he really goes off the beaten path.

                                                                                                        1. re: JerkPork

                                                                                                          i would be interested except not in my budget right now but I would go for the Joe beef guys. They always came up with interesting discussions on food, recipes, tips when on cjad dinner show, now with leslie chesterman it does not capture my interest. I thought they were originals!

                                                                                                          1. re: mangoannie

                                                                                                            it was worse when kim fraser was their co host