Montreal is a city that boasts a rich multi-cultural culinary heritage, including many influences from every corner of the planet. The most important influence of all however – and one that has been present the longest – is undoubtedly French cuisine…
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Imagine how awesome it would be if someone told you that you’re most favorite thing in the world has an entire week dedicated to it. Although Shark Week already exists, you can imagine my excitement when I heard about Montreal’s first ever Restaurant Week.
It’s harvest time again in Montreal, the maple leaves have turned and leaf peepers crown the country roads on weekends, mixing with the trucks that bring the produce in to stock the cold rooms of the city’s top artisans. This is perhaps the season when our culinary uniqueness is the most obvious. The thing is, we have the same crops here as do many cities in our latitude – mushrooms, greens, tomatoes, squash – and yet our chefs always find new and ever more appealing ways to showcase the season’s bounty.
Jérôme Ferrer, chef and co-owner of Europea, tells us about the culinary experience offered at his restaurant and makes a Quebec foie gras poached on river stones with maple wood chips. See for yourself during Taste MTL – Montreal’s Restaurant Week, November 1-11, 2012.