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i'm guessing we have to start a new thread for 2014

there's Le Chop Montreal that's been going since January 6th. ends on February 28th. http://tomnacosgroup.com/lechopmtl/
3 course meals ranging from $19 to $27. the participating restaurants are Decca 77, Newtown, Guido & Angelina, Atelier Argentine and Wienstein & Gavino

January 19: vietnamese têt celebration at pierre charbonneau centre (viau metro station

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January 26: vietnamese têt food fair at the vietnamese church, 1420 Bélanger Est in the basement. starts around 10am. the best dishes are always sold out in the first hour or so

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  1. I'll have to get to the church one (walking distance...). Thanks!

    Very close by, on the opposite (north) side of Bélanger, there is a shop that makes good corn tortillas. Forget its name...

    1. little italy happy hours 5pm to 7pm ($15) every thursday, starts today and ends April 3rd, http://petiteitalie.com/events.html

      23/01/2014 Pizzeria Corneli - 6741, boul. Saint-Laurent Tél. 514.325.1300;

      30/01/2014 Restaurant Impasto - 48, rue Dante Tél. 514.508.6508;

      06/02/2014 Restaurant Inferno – 6850, rue Saint-Dominique Tél. 514.274.0666;

      13/02/2014 Brama Trattoria moderna – 6701, boul. Saint-Laurent Tél. 514.270.6701;

      20/02/2014 Ristorante Pomodoro – 6834, boul. Saint-Laurent Tél. 514.667.3867;

      27/02/2014 Café Via Dante – 251, rue Dante Tél. 514.270.8446;

      06/03/2014 Café Epoca – 6778, boul. Saint-Laurent Tél. 514.276.6569;

      13/03/2014 Restaurant Lucca – 12, rue Dante Tél. 514.278.6502;

      20/03/2014 Nicola Travaglini Aliments Fins – 152, av. Mozart Est Tél. 514.419.8969;

      27/03/2014 Café Conca D'oro - 184, rue Dante Tél. 514.495.0134;

      03/04/2014 Café Internazionale – 6714, Boul. St. Laurent Tél. 514.495.0067;

      1. Poutine week starts soon (February 1st). This year, it looks like there are many more options than in previous years. TBD if that's a good thing.

        The list of participating restaurants/diners and their poutines can be found here: http://www.mtlblog.com/2014/01/montre...

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        1. re: alinemramos

          Yeesh! Googling merguez and red-eye gravy would have saved him some embarrassment.

          1. re: SnackHappy

            Similarly, the Gazette claiming that the donut poutine at Chez Boris is being served in Old Montreal (presumably they figure that it and Boris Bistro were one and the same?).

            1. re: SnackHappy

              SnackHappy: Whose poutine do you refer to? There's a couple merguez poutines, neither mention red-eye gravy.

              1. re: Shattered

                He was referring to the article on mtlblog, where they say that merguez is a Spanish sausage and they don't know that red-eye gravy is made with coffee.

            2. re: alinemramos

              la banquise is part of the participating restaurants, nice. the donut poutine is intriguing and disgusting at the same time

              1. re: alinemramos

                I've just tried the poutine at SuWu, on St. Laurent. It was the one with rosemary fries, Sortilège and maple sauce with bacon slices and bits, fried cheese curds. It was a pretty decent-sized portion for $10. Definitely worth it, but I found it too sweet, probably because the sauce was too heavy on maple syrup.

                If anyone is planning on going, though, I recommend you make a reservation. It was packed tonight (I had to sit at the bar, but it was fine) and I assume it'll be even more crowded later in the week.

                1. re: alinemramos

                  It looks like no one else has been in poutine mood, so here are my latest remarks:

                  - Imadake: their poutine is something in between an okonomiyaki and a poutine. It's interesting, but it sort of has an identity crisis. A lot of sauces going on and a bit too salty for my taste. It features squid and shrimp, but a vegetarian option is also available.

                  - Poutineville: just "meh". I think they have better poutines in their regular menu. The gravy was delicious but the meat was just ok, and there was just too much onion (more than potatoes, actually).

                  1. re: alinemramos

                    i only want to try the donut poutine but every time i get there, it's sold out so i just stop bothering. i'll make my own donut poutine instead

                    1. re: twinkie83

                      Oh, really? I really wanted to try that one, too. It just never worked out for me. Maybe it was for the best, since I would've been pretty pissed off if I went all the way across town to find it sold out...

                      I did try the poutine at Pub Quartier Latin last night though and I was quite surprised: it was very good. It was way smaller than the other ones (I guess if you're using more expensive ingredients you have to compensate in the quantity), but it was the best among the ones I've tasted this week.

                      1. re: alinemramos

                        yeah, they sold out by 2pm.. thing is i don't want to eat a poutine at 9am when i'm in the neighborhood. anyway, i've been packing holidays weight so good thing i wasn't able to try some

                2. sugar shack at Les Éclusiers par Apollo in old montreal, http://www.lacabane.ca/menu.html

                  for their 5 year, they have the 5 previous chefs, Danny St-Pierre, Marc-André Jetté, Patrice Demers, Martin Juneau and Helena Loureiro

                  March 6 to April 20th
                  $59 for the 5 course meal service, wine extra $29, beer extra $17 (all pre-tax, tips, etc)

                  1. Haiti in the spotlight at Montréal en lumière this year: http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/f...

                    1. La Cuvee is happening again this year:

                      http://www.mtlblog.com/2014/02/montre...

                      I went last year and I enjoyed it. I am going to Montreal again next weekend for Nuit Blanche. Any other food events related to or seperated from Nuit Blanche/En Lumiere this weekend? I heard something about a cheese tasting session somewhere but I need to look that up to see if that is still happening.

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                      1. re: ylsf

                        Sorry to report you just missed it. But it'll be on next year, too. http://www.montrealenlumiere.com/gast...

                        1. re: Shattered

                          ok thanks.. Unfortunately, I think it is always the weekend before Nuit Blanche so I will probably always miss it :( The first year I did Nuit Blanche they had a great food sampling thing going on in one of the buildings but they haven't done it since.

                      2. This is great info, next year I want to check out poutine week! Is there a thread similar to this for Quebec? Hoping to get up there this summer with friends and would love to time it with a festival. Thanks.

                        1. O plaisir gourmand is celebrating their 2nd anniversary today... they had a sign that said to come celebrate with them at 630 pm... maybe its going on.....

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                          1. re: kpaxonite

                            On Sherbrooke downtown? I thought there was something on Openings and Closings this year that they had closed?

                            1. re: williej

                              Someone posted that but it definitely is not true

                              1. re: kpaxonite

                                People need to stop posting closings just 'cause they noticed paper on a window while they drove by. There's almost always something posted on the window, whether it's a hand-written notice it's closed, a reno/repair, or "A louer". Just take the time to read it before reporting it.

                                And if there's no sign, it's a very quick repair or it *just* closed, so what's the rush? Sometimes its like a contest to report closings asap here - I've seen ppl speculate that something, a long-opened biz, was closed when it only opened a bit late one day! Use some common sense.

                                NB: not directed at you, kpaxonite, and probably wrong thread, but whatever.

                                1. re: Shattered

                                  Yeah and wrong closing too. Just go read why I posted about Ô Plaisirs Gourmands supposed closing in the original thread.

                                  1. re: Glaff

                                    Yes, if I remember correctly someone read it in an online journal.. Please that someone, go to the place and verify if you read it somewhere. Saying it is closed because you read it an online journal doesn't mean it has closed unless you verify!

                                    1. re: williej

                                      I think fault was with the journal in that instance. Not only was it reporting months-old news, but it also completely mangled the story.

                                      1. re: williej

                                        Oh please... Quartiers Gourmands is a normally trustworthy source. They're the ones who screwed up not the poster.

                                        1. re: SnackHappy

                                          If you reread the original post, it stated that OPG had closed, not that X journal reported it had closed (this information was added after someone corrected the information in the OP). So clarity as to where one gets the information on closure (much like people share facebook links on openings) is important.

                                          1. re: williej

                                            Well, you're not asking the poster, in this case Glaff, to cite their sources, which is something I strongly believe everyone should do. You're telling us not to trust online articles and check for ourselves. I don't find that reasonable. There are many trustworthy online ressources and we depend on many of them for what we do here.

                                            1. re: SnackHappy

                                              I was asking the OP to cite his sources. But also to say that the note about closing didn't come from actually seeing a closing sign.

                                              Spreading a rumour can hurt a business. Saying in the original post that they got the rumour from an online source is the least someone can do. The best they can do is not state 'x' is closing unless they have seen it on a door or window or heard it from the owner.

                            2. The menu for Wellington Erabliere or whatever they're calling the sugaring off festival this year is out, and it looks good:

                              http://www.promenadewellington.com/ev...

                              Hopefully they will close off a bigger stretch of Wellington street because last year was way too crowded.

                              1. Let's not forget Table of Hope Montreal's biggest foodfest. Where Montreal's best Restos come out and serve their best dishes to help stop childhood hunger here in Montreal. This year it will be on May 26th at 6:30 pm at Windsor Station on Lagauchetiere St one block West of Peel.Over 50 restos beer and wine companies and great desserts. A great Montreal Event.

                                1. Promenades Hochelaga-Maisonneuve is doing a sugaring off event not unlike the one on Wellington in Verdun. It's on the afternoon of 12 April.

                                  https://www.facebook.com/events/28156...

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                                  1. re: SnackHappy

                                    The Complètement sucre event was a great success. So much so that they ran out of food at 4pm. I went around 12:30pm. There was a long queue, but it moved rather quickly. We only waited a few minutes to get out tickets and start eating. The stalls were set up in a marquee. I think they intended for people to come in at one end and come out the other, but people moved around, checking out the different bites on offer. There were tables where you could eat standing up, but hardly anyone used them.

                                    The food was delicious. I tried all but one of the bites and there were no duds. The beef tataki from État-major was great (I had seconds) as was the foie gras ganache (Le Chasseur, I think). Honourable mention to Chez Bouffe and Valois for their maple cone and maple pineapple mousse.

                                    It was a great event on a beautiful day. Well worth the $2 per bite since quality was high and portions were pretty decent. Things seemed very well organized, especially since this is their first time doing this.

                                    My only complaint would be how crowded it was inside the marquee. It made things a bit unpleasant in there and we felt rushed. So we basically ate on the run and were done in less than half and hour. Hopefully, they'll improve on this for the next edition.

                                  2. Just heard about this...

                                    The first Montreal Cocktail week.

                                    Invasion Cocktail http://invasioncocktail.com/

                                    1. "Cibo di Strada": http://www.myica.ca/cibo-di-strada-03...

                                      This is a one-night only event (tonight) in the Little Italy. Does anyone know anything about it, besides what they say on the webpage?

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                                        1. re: alinemramos

                                          Oh, that sounds so nice. Not expensive either. Unfortunately I'm busy this evening. It is also an opportunity to see the renovated Casa d'Italia.

                                          I suppose the organisers had originally planned to hold this in the street, but with the foul weather this year, Casa d'Italia is a good backup plan. It is a nice hall, but the place was very run down. I'm looking forward to attending events there soon.

                                        2. La fête du croissant is Saturday May 3rd. Croissants are 1$.

                                          Here is a list of participating bakeries:
                                          http://www.lafeteducroissant.com

                                          1. Foire rue Beaubien, Sunday May 4, 12-6pm.

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                                            1. re: marblebag

                                              This event is absolutely impossible to google. Maybe they just don't want people to know about it.

                                              https://www.facebook.com/events/64626...

                                              1. re: SnackHappy

                                                I saw the poster, but would anyone know what it is exactly. Tastings?

                                                Forecast for Sunday is cool - 12° - and showers.

                                                1. re: lagatta

                                                  I don't know, and the info seems hard to find. I reckon that, since there will be food trucks there, they will be selling street-type food.

                                                  1. re: lagatta

                                                    it's supposed to be a mix of shopping and food from shops in that particular neighborhood (casgrain and st-laurent)

                                                    you get a chance to discover that new strip of the neighborhood (which was literally dead a decade ago)

                                                    it's more of a fête du quartier than anything else. food trucks are there to attract a bit more people

                                                2. re: marblebag

                                                  so because of rain, the fair got cancel

                                                  1. re: twinkie83

                                                    It did? I was thinking yesterday, seeing all the stacked picnic tables and road barriers, that given the prediction for today, it would be a washout. Better to have cancelled it, though it is unfortunate. It already cancelled bus service on Beaubien west of the métro.

                                                    1. re: lagatta

                                                      yep, cancel. grumman 78 first made the announcement and everyone else followed suit. it'll be for another time though

                                                3. Anyone try the food trucks yet? The two locations closest to my work (Dawson College, Lambert Closse and Rene Levesque) won't be served until May 8th. I want to try Chaud Dogs and Le Tuktuk.

                                                  1. Rendez-vous international de la grillade de Saint-Calixte
                                                    4 - 6 July
                                                    http://rdvgrillade.com/

                                                    1. No recent posts but anyone know of food events this weekend? Going to be in MOntreal on Saturday and Sunday.

                                                      I saw a seperate post about a Sri Lankan pop-up -
                                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/986691

                                                      Anything else?

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                                                        1. re: ylsf

                                                          The Garlic Festival is happening tomorrow (Aug. 23) in Ste-Anne's: http://steannegarlicfestival.wordpres...

                                                          I love this event!

                                                          1. re: ylsf

                                                            It's also the Monkland Street Fair through Sunday (Aug 24). Food trucks including Grumman 78 and some restaurants along the street have kiosks.

                                                            https://www.facebook.com/events/29448...

                                                          2. Looks like this festival called Omnivore is on right now:
                                                            http://www.omnivore.com/

                                                            I don't see an English link on there but I guess I can use Google translate or my weak French to go through it and look for any hidden gems... Or , just ask here if anyone has recommendations :)

                                                            1. l'avenue gourmande is back next weekend, sept 13th and 14th in le plateau (ave mont-royal). its free sampling, a couple of workshops (at a fee). its from 11am to 4pm, http://www.mont-royal.net/fr/evenemen...

                                                              1. Mtl à Table will be taking place October 30 - November 9 2014. Restaurants will be posted on this webpage (http://www.tourisme-montreal.org/mtla...) on September 22. That being said, apparently Eurpoea and Toqué are having 'special meals' at $69 each and reservations are open now (I already have mine).

                                                                Enjoy!

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                                                                1. re: captain_vegetable

                                                                  Thanks Captain,
                                                                  I wish these 2 restaurants had announced their participation on the Mtl à Table website. I had no idea they were joining again.

                                                                  1. re: JedZ

                                                                    Indeed, they did advertise it on the site ... just not in the same place as they advertised the other restaurants. Toqué and Europea are listed under the événements spéciaux link (http://www.tourisme-montreal.org/mtla...). It is a little buried, I agree.

                                                                2. pizza week program is out, http://petiteitalie.com/blog.45.html
                                                                  and there's 4 free tasting workshops (limited capacity) and Bottega is one of them and i won't be able to attend :(

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                                                                  1. re: twinkie83

                                                                    Thanks! That's too bad; I've sent in my request (I live in the neighbourhood). But who knows, there is a good chance that they are already full up.

                                                                    I make fairly decent homemade pizza, but don't have access to a real, hot oven (one can dream!)

                                                                    Bottega has the potato and rosemary pizza I've enjoyed so much in Italy.

                                                                    1. re: lagatta

                                                                      yeah.. a bunch of us talked about trying to get bottega during one of the workshop last year and they got them this year but i have another event at the same time somewhere else.

                                                                      at least, i got the confirmation for the faita family workshop and travaglini workshop

                                                                      1. re: twinkie83

                                                                        just came back from nicola travaglini workshop and.. for a first timer, you'd probably like it. i went to the one last year and this one is so underwhelming. probably because we got spoiled last year as we ate like kings with the 7 different pizzas. only margherita was served this year and we only ended up with 1 slice, maybe 2 if you were lucky. we spent 20-25 minutes just standing there waiting while it was cooking. it reminded me of pomodoro of last year

                                                                        maybe last year was a fluke

                                                                        1. re: twinkie83

                                                                          I deliberately didn't sign up for those on a weeknight as sometimes I have to work late on no notice. Oh, I might be working all day on the weekend, but I'd know in advance so I could do the civilised thing and tell them I can't make it, so someone else has the chance.

                                                                          I guess one never knows in advance.

                                                                      2. re: lagatta

                                                                        I attended the Bottega workshop and enjoyed it immensely. We were greeted with a little glass of Prosecco. Very good explanation of everything and hands-on work (I didn't volunteer; there wasn't room for everyone and I was just as happy to observe). Good fun was had by all as the group tried to equal the work of the skilled pizzaiolo Fabrizio Covone. It concluded with a tasting of Marguerita pizzas.

                                                                        All the participating restaurants have a $15 special during Pizza Week; you can find the list at http://petiteitalie.com/ (trilingual site).

                                                                        1. re: lagatta

                                                                          you got wine? man, i'm jealous! we didn't get any last year. if we wanted to drink, we had to pay.. anyway, good to know it was interesting. little italy needs more of those kind of events

                                                                          1. re: twinkie83

                                                                            Oh, it was just a little flute of Prosecco, but made the event so friendly. I haven't had time to work on technique since the workshop (a way of working the dough while flipping it in a clockwise motion) but will as soon as I have a free day. Of course having a very hot oven would be a big help.

                                                                            I agree that such events contribute to the life of the neighbourhood, while encouraging local businesses in a positive way. I wonder what on earth could become of the huge hulk of Casa Napoli... The former Da Baffoni is of course a condo building now (construction almost finished) with businesses on the ground floor. Haven't heard of any restaurants or other food businesses so far.

                                                                            I think the business space in the new condo buiding, and perhaps the empty business space in the former Torino furniture store, will be the venue for the upcoming holiday market, where there will definitely be food offerings for sale.

                                                                            Another pleasant aspect as that almost all of us had at least some practice in kneading and baking pizza or bread.

                                                                            1. re: lagatta

                                                                              Which holiday market?

                                                                              Yes I really don't know who could rent/buy that big buiding (Casa Napoli). I'm afraid we will not see anything there for a long time...

                                                                              1. re: Glaff

                                                                                It is called "Regalo" - Marché aux fêtes éphémère de la Petite Italie (Pop-Up Holiday Market) from November 27th to December 7th

                                                                                L’ÉVÈNEMENT AURA LIEU AU:
                                                                                7035 Boulevard Saint-Laurent Montréal, QC H2S 3C7, Canada
                                                                                I think that is the new condo building on the site of the former Da Baffoni, at the corner of Dante.

                                                                                You'll find this under "events" at petiteitalie.com
                                                                                http://petiteitalie.com/events.html

                                                                                Roberto Tassinaro from the commercial association SDC Petite-Italie - Marché Jean-Talon told us about it at the pizza workshop. Obviously it his job to promote such events.

                                                                                1. re: lagatta

                                                                                  Interesting! Thanks for sharing. From what I see on Google Street though, it's not in that new condo building (that I hope will not stay empty forever like these sad buildings on the corner of St-Laurent and Bélanger). It's a few blocks north, almost in front of Rossy.

                                                                                  Edit: They do say it's going to be on the corner of Dante in the PDF here: http://petiteitalie.com/events.74.html. Doesn't match though with the address and the screenshot of the map. Also, it's from Nov. 27 to Dec. 7, not Dec. 27.

                                                                                  1. re: Glaff

                                                                                    Thanks for correcting my typo; they'd have rather pissed-off workers with the end date I'd written!

                                                                                    That would be strange, as I don't know of any completed but empty retail space opposite Rossy - the condo building in the former post office is a long way from ready. The only two possible spaces I could see are the new condo building where Da Baffoni was located and the empty premises in the renovated greystone that housed Torino.

                                                                                    Indeed that is sad, because they put a lot of effort and cash into that reno at the corner of Bélanger.

                                                                                    1. re: lagatta

                                                                                      That would be here: https://www.google.ca/maps/@45.533669...

                                                                                      Looks a bit small for an event like that...

                                                                    2. there's an oyster party at café international on october 30th, a 6 services meal for $85 + tax. looks not bad at all
                                                                      https://www.facebook.com/CafeInternat...

                                                                        1. souk @ sat is not only a food event; the food products (and drinks + tasting items on the premises) are among the features of an event also encompassing design, but of course on this board we mention the presence of many local food producers: http://souk.sat.qc.ca/ Starts today, until Sunday. Free admission, but visitors must be 18 or over due to the particulars of the liquor licence.

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                                                                          1. re: lagatta

                                                                            Marché Casse-Noisette starts today too. Here are the food vendors: http://www.marchecassenoisette.com/en...

                                                                            (Did you see who will be at Regalo? Not super exciting for now... It would have been more interesting and unique to have an outdoor Christmas market at the Place Shamrock instead...)

                                                                            1. re: Glaff

                                                                              I'll certainly pass by Regalo as it is so close to where I live, but it remains to be seen if there are any producers present other than shops already open in the market.

                                                                              https://www.facebook.com/events/70306...

                                                                              It can't be very large if it is at Niko galerie. I was thinking it would be in one of the empty new storefronts not rented or sold yet, in one of the condo buildings.

                                                                              At least Marché Casse-Noisette is free admission, but I don't know whether I'll have time to go.