Like every year, Montréal en lumière will blow a gust of warm air through Montreal. About 30 guest chefs will pair up with some of Montreal’s very own to create special dining experiences for this festive occasion.
The festival’s gastronomy program will be headed by renowned Argentinean chef Francis Mallmann (Patagonia Sur), who will take over restaurant Europea’s kitchen on the evenings of February 22 and 23. The 11 days of festivities planned will see some of Argentinia’s most famous cooks taking over the city’s kitchens. The flavours of Buenos Aires will shine in the dining rooms of the 50 participating restaurants for the festival’s Finest Tables segment.
Montreal’s culinary diversity will be highlighted during the festival in the Lunching Around the World segment. The 6 ambassadors – Byblos, La Khaïma, Salon Mogador, Prato Pizzeria, Rumi and Restaurant Tasca – will be offering a fixed price lunch menu for $14.95.
The Jean-Talon market will see Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean producers and chefs exchanging ideas and showcasing their products, while l’Académie Culinaire Culinary workshops will teach the tricks and techniques required to recreate rich and flavourful Argentinean dishes. You’d also be wise to check out the Quebec Chefs and Cheeses competition, which is looking for judges of 12 culinary creations by 4 chef finalists and concocted using Quebec cheeses.
Montréal en lumière, February 21 to March 3, 2013