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Jan 22, 2014 08:39 PM

Don't miss David Barzelay at Montreal en Lumiere!!!

Hey amigos, hope all is well and good back in La Belle Province!

Just a heads up that my favorite local (San Francisco) chef will be in Montreal on February 27th and 28th cooking at Hotel Nelligan for the Montreal en Lumiere Fest.

If you aren't familiar with him, you should be! He is the owner, head chef and culinary genius behind Lazy Bear; a bi-monthly San Francisco pop-up restaurant showcasing some of the most fun, interesting, creative and inventive cooking with fresh locally sourced ingredients in the Bay Area!

Sort of an "underground" Daniel Humm, without the Michelin Stars and exorbitant prices. I'm not entirely sure what he'll be doing in Mtl but whatever it is, I'm certain that it will be great and I highly recommend that you all check it out! It's not everyday that we see a creative force like David in Montreal's kitchens so please don't miss out!

I'd be interested to see photos & read feedback from anyone who attends.


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  1. I've got the Thursday at 9 booked, I think, so we'll report back.
    Thanks for keeping us in the loop!

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    1. re: Fintastic

      Do you just book through Open Table as if you were booking on a regular day?

      1. re: artstate

        It only gives the phone number on the Montreal en Lumiere website so maybe they'd prefer calling, but I booked through Opentable since it was late night. It should be the same reservation system...

        1. re: Fintastic

          Great. thanks to both of you for the info

        2. re: artstate

          I usually do that, but I include a note in the special requests section saying that it is for a specific event. Many will call you back to confirm and clarify.

      2. More food porn photos and sample menus on the Lazy Bear Facebook page:

        1. This was well worth it. I recommend that others jump on this if space still exists for tomorrow night. Tonight was far from full.

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          1. re: Fintastic

            Thanks. I am curious how long the meal lasted? I am thinking of doing this tonight if there is still room (on Opentable it shows that there isn't) but my flight doesn't get in early enough to make the 6pm seating and wondering how late the 9pm one would go.

            1. re: ylsf

              Yesterday the 6pm sitting ran long so we didn't get seated until 9:20 or so. We were in no rush but were out the door by 12:15. Two tables actually got their last course boxed up and left early, which I guess is an option. I'd call Verses as they require a credit card guarantee for the reservations if space is still available.

              1. re: Fintastic

                Great, thanks again. I just called and they had about 5 spots left for each seating (now 4 for the earlier one). Looks like my flight is scheduled to get in earlier than I thought so I should be able to make the 6pm timing otherwise they were accomodating that I could push it back to 9pm when I land. Just going to map it out now. Looking forward to it. I was planning to go cheap eats this time in Montreal but this looks like a unique event.

                1. re: ylsf

                  Btw I will post pictures up when I get a chance. Took a bunch

          2. I agree with Fintastic. It was well worth it. I made it just in time for the 6pm serving. Food was great in my books, creative and tasty. The wine pairings were good for an extra $40. Overall I thought the meal was great value and definitely an "experience". Probably top 5 meal for me over the last few years.

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            1. re: ylsf

              I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed his cooking and found it a memorable experience! David is a wonderfully inventive culinary artist who should be a more familiar name. I'd be curious to know more about the event; whether it was a regular dinner seating, what was served (same menu both nights?) and what the theme was, etc. Was attendance decent?