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Dec 11, 2012 01:45 PM

Food Events 2013

The line-up was just announced today, Buenos Aires is the showcase city.
February 21 to March 3, 2013

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  1. Unfortunately, no "special" Argentinian wine producers will showcase at the Festival.

    Read MC Lortie's tought on the Festival :

    Quite depressing on some points.

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    1. re: Maximilien

      "Le fait que Montréal n'ait plus d'événement gastronomique de réel calibre international ne semble faire paniquer personne."

      Is she purposely forgetting Omnivore (which is coming back next summer) to make a point?

      1. re: Glaff

        I Forgot about this one, but is it more a chef's festival (conference, ateliers, ...) than a public event ? (not that it should be forgotten)

    2. The reviews from last year were scarce and not too encouraging: and

      I currently have a reservation at Laloux where Vedge ( is the invited restaurant. My GF doesn't eat meat so it's a good fit and I've heard good things about it.

      I am also looking for suggestions on vegetarian/pescatarian friendly Buenos Aires chefs. If there was no budget or food restrictions I probably would have booked either Aramburu at Chez l'Épicier or Le Mirazur at Maison Boulud (this one is already sold out).

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      1. re: Virgile

        Oh wow, Vedge is showing up?? I didn't know this! I must look into it!

        1. re: Peaches to Poutine

          went to Vedge in Philadelphia last fall, my wife bought both their cookbooks and has been cooking from them ever since, will be going to Laloux as well.

          1. re: rshea

            I would love to go to Vedge. I'm sad I'll have to miss out on their showcase here--go gourment vegan food power!--but there's only so much in my budget.

        2. re: Virgile

          I had a great time at Laloux for the event. I attached a pic of the menu because I don't feel like typing it all up.

          The meal was pretty long at around 3h30 but with the amount of dishes (and wine) I thought it was a good pace. I could do a dish by dish breakdown if someone is interested. I know I like to read them but I'm not very good at writing them. I will say that my favorite dishes were 2nd, 3rd, and 4th service, with 2nd dessert as well. I found some picture of the meal here: where you can see the maitake dish, the beet dish and the salad.

          1. re: Virgile

            We went too!
            here is the review posted on Trip Advisor:

            we photographed the menu as well.
            Best thing about this event was showing Montreal how to have a gourmet upscale experience with vegan food. A place like Laloux could be Vedge in Montreal, that would be amazing.

              1. re: rshea

                Argh, I wish I could see the detail on either of those menu pics!!!

                Well, maybe one day someone with deep enough pockets and swagger will be able to make a go of it here like Vedge did in Philadelphia.

                Even jerkface Alan Richman said it's one of the best restaurants in the US and it just happens to be vegan!


                1. re: Peaches to Poutine

                  I didn't realize the pic would be so small on Chow. Here is the menu:

                  Amuse bouche
                  Salt roasted golden beets, avocado, red onions, capers, cucumber, dill.

                  1st service
                  Saffron cauliflower soup, green olive persillade.

                  2nd service
                  Green salad, sunchoke, sunflower seeds, black truffle from Norcia.

                  3rd service
                  Eggplant braciole, smoked Lady Crystal potatoes, salsa verde, tapenade.

                  4th service
                  Roasted maitake mushroom, leek remoulade, celery root fritter.

                  1st dessert
                  Sweet potato turnover, sweet kraut and hazelnut cream.

                  2nd dessert
                  Honey Crisp gratin, smoked maple ice cream, walnut streusel.

                  1. re: Virgile

                    Thanks, Virgile!

                    That sounds so lovely. I am totally jealous.

          2. Another food event coming up, Poutine Week Feb. 1 - 7th.

            1. Je t'aime en chocolat is coming back again this year on the february 8 weekend, still without the best chocolatiers in town:

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              1. re: Glaff

                It's really just a Callebaut/Cacao Barry show. That's why you won't find chocolatiers who excluvively use other brands like Valrhona such as Chloé and Geneviève Grandbois.

                1. re: marblebag

                  Yeah I know... just wish we had a real chocolate event...

              2. Whisky Montreal is having an Islay tasting at the Masonic Temple on Sherbrooke & Saint Marc at the end of the month.

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                1. re: EaterBob

                  Ugghh.. I literally just bought habs tickets for that night. The tasting should be great..