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Fabulous food pics by top Montréal Instagrammers and food bloggers

Montréal is undeniably one of the world’s greatest gourmet capitals, with more restaurants per capita than any other city in North America, gastronomy festivals galore, an eclectic street food scene and every type of cuisine imaginable. So it’s no wonder that Montréal has such a rich and varied foodie culture that shines through in the work of local Instagrammers and food bloggers. To celebrate the many fabulous flavours of Montréal, we’ve cooked up a sampling of sumptuous shots of the best taste experiences the city has to offer. @eatwitheva @melboudreau @ondejeune @mtlfooddivas @mtlcafecrawl @montrealaddicts @evemartel @katerinerollet @kitchenhealssoul @lapiz_of_luxury @catmart @514eats And, after scrolling through these mouth-watering shots, if you find yourself in the mood for food, MTL à TABLE is right around the corner, from October 29 to November 8. Book your table now! Also check out the Instagram accounts of our regular contributors Mayssam Samaha (@mayssamaha) and Jason Lee (@shutupandeatmtl) and dig into more culinary collections of mouth-watering Instagram galleries from some of Montréal’s top chefs and restaurants.

Meet a Montrealer: Anne-Marie Withenshaw

One of the most recognizable names on the Montréal media landscape, popular television and radio host Anne-Marie Withenshaw has long been an unofficial ambassador for the city’s thriving arts and cultural scenes. No longer: Withenshaw is official now as the 2015 ambassador for the annual MTL à TABLE restaurant event, 11 days of gourmet festivities and culinary discovery at 159 restos across Montréal, October 29 to November 8. Like Withenshaw doesn’t have enough on her plate(s), she also co-hosts TV show À couteaux tirés with world-renowned Montréal chef Chuck Hughes. It pits two top-shelf Québécois chefs against each other in a friendly, albeit crazy and unpredictable, competition each week. The program airs on CASA TV every Monday (5:30 pm), Thursday (9:30 pm) and Saturday (12:30 and 6 pm). We caught up with the food- and life-loving Withenshaw in between shooting. What’s the coolest, most interesting thing you’ve done so far this year? “I guess probably raise a toddler. It’s funny, my life has really changed a lot since I had a kid. Maybe four or five weeks before I got pregnant I was on tour with Rihanna. I did five cities in five days for [Montréal radio station] The Beat…… / Read More →

MTL à Table Bring your own wine restaurants

Montréal has established itself as a world-class food destination featuring local and international chefs who make up the fabric of the culinary scene. From fine dining to casual “bistros du quartier” (neighbourhood bistros), our city has it all. The 2015 edition of MTL à TABLE will showcase over 140 different spots all over town, which offer delicious fixed-price menus for the occasion. Luckily, this year’s official partner, the Société des alcools du Québec (lovingly referred to by locals as the “SAQ”), makes it easy for amateur sommeliers to get out and pair their favourite wines with the various menu offerings at the participating ”apportez votre vin” (bring your own wine, aka BYOW) establishments. Le Margaux – 5058 Du Parc Avenue Le Margaux is a BYOW gem establishment serving up a modern take on the cuisine of the Aquitaine region of southwestern France. Whether you bring a Chardonnay or Pinot noir, you’re sure to find a fabulous pairing on the restaurant’s MTL à TABLE menu. La Prunelle – 327 Duluth Avenue East La Prunelle is a quaint BYOW restaurant located in the heart of the Plateau Mont-Royal neighbourhood. The kitchen team will impress you with its seasonal French menu cooked with… / Read More →

Food with friends – Group friendly dining options for MTL à Table

Dear foodies, gluttons, and epicureans, Get focused immediately! Montréal’s restaurant week, aka MTL à TABLE, is back this year from October 29 to November 8, and it’s bigger and more delicious than ever. Over 150 restaurants citywide will be celebrating Montréal’s culinary scene with enticing fixed-price menus at $21, $31 and $41. It’s been said that food tastes more delicious when enjoyed in great company. So whether you’re heading out on a romantic date night or hitting the town as a group, we’ve listed some of the participating establishments that will be ready to accommodate your hunger. Decca 77 – 1077 Drummond Street Located in the heart of downtown, Decca 77 welcomes you to experience two different vibes and stylish atmospheres: a posh fine dining room, and a more casual, relaxed brasserie. Both feature menus highlighting contemporary French cuisine prepared with fresh local and seasonal produce. A private dining area boasts a 70-seat capacity and private bar for your group. Suite 701 – 701 Côte de la Place-d’Armes Steps from Notre-Dame Basilica in Old Montréal, Suite 701 is one of the city’s most popular meeting places. Its large private dining room is perfect for your squad to enjoy this year’s… / Read More →

Guide to the 2015 Edition of MTL à TABLE – Montréal’s Restaurant Week

If you love food and fall, then you’ll especially love this fall in Montréal because the city is rolling out the fourth edition of the feast known as MTL à TABLE—Montréal’s Restaurant Week—from October 29 to November 8, 2015. The 2015 edition is presented in partnership with YP Dine (an exclusive new mobile app from Yellow Pages dedicated to the restaurant and dining sector) and will see more than 150 participating restaurants, including 45 new eateries to enjoy this year. Following the same winning format as in previous editions, each restaurant will be offering a 3-course, $21, $31 and $41 set-price menu. For foodies both seasoned and new, MTL à TABLE offers a dream-come-true chance to explore the city’s fabled culinary scene. Whether you set out on a delicious discovery of several Montréal restaurants or revisit favourites, you can do it all at prices that won’t leave your wallet weeping. And with the wide range of participating restaurants to choose from, you can find something to suit every occasion, whether you’re feeling romantic, looking to book a family restaurant, organizing an outing with friends or bringing your extra special own bottle (there are 11 BYOWs to choose from!). With all… / Read More →

Montréal celebrates food all year round

[Updated on July 17, 2015] Montrealers love to celebrate anything and everything, especially food and drink. Here are the top 15 food events that you need to look out for! First Fridays (Annually from May to October) Join the fleet of Montréal food trucks every first Friday of the summer and autumn months at the Esplanade Sun Life at the Olympic Park, from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. for some awesome open air eats. Montréal Oysterfest (August 29 & 30, 2015) A weekend-long festival that brings together some of the city’s finest restaurants and bars to celebrate our all-time favourite bivalve mollusc, the oyster. Omnivore Food Festival (August 20 to 24, 2015) In collaboration with the SAT (Society for Arts and Technology), the Omnivore World Tour returns every year in the month of August to discuss and demonstrate trends and innovative techniques by world-renowned chefs. Le Burger Week (Annually in September) Initiated by the same people who bring you La Poutine Week, Le Burger Week features over 30 restaurants around Montréal that offer their tasty interpretation of the humble hamburger. MTL à TABLE (October 29 to November 8, 2015) Montréal’s own restaurant week: over 140 restaurants in the city serving specialty table d’hôte menus at… / Read More →

Things to do in Montreal: November 7-13

Fall tastes sweet this week with the last strech of MTL à TABLE, not to mention film festivals, the Montreal Biennale and more live music than you can shake a drumstick at…

Infographic: Visualizing MTL à TABLE (Montreal’s Restaurant Week)

MTL à TABLE is Montreal’s scrumptious restaurant week from October 30 – Nov 9, 2014. It has 140 participating restaurants all serving up a special menus all complete with specially selected french wine pairings. Check out this MTL à TABLE infographic to visualize the scope of the restaurant selection, and get a few ideas of where to dine based on ambiance. GUIDE TO 2014 EDITION OF MTL À TABLE – MONTREAL’S RESTAURANT WEEK GROUP-FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS AT MTL À TABLE SOME OF MTL À TABLE’S MOST ROMANTIC RESTAURANTS ENJOY FINE FRENCH WINES AT MTL À TABLE 2014 VIDEO: DISCOVER MTL À TABLE – MONTREAL’S SUCCULENT RESTAURANT WEEK! MTL à TABLE is powered by the SAQ, Mastercard by National Bank & ESKA. Treat yourself during MTL à TABLE, Montreal’s Restaurant Week, by taking advantage of a delicious special limited time Montreal Gourmand offer!

VIDEO: Bite Into Montréal’s Food Scene

Gastronomy is the art of choosing, cooking and eating good food. In Montreal, it’s not just a fancy word, it’s a way of life! Restaurants line almost any given street, all enjoying the healthy competition as they each try to raise the culinary bar. There’s also seasonal Food Trucks that gather in areas of the city. Calling them “Food Trucks” though hardly does them justice, they’re practically mobile restaurants! Montreal’s eclectic food scene can take you to the far corners of the globe with exotic dishes, or back in time with historic Quebecois delicacies. MTL à TABLE is Montréal’s incredible restaurant week from October 31 – November 9; it features 140 top restaurants with special tasting menus of either $19, $29, or $39 along with select French wine pairings. Make your reservation today! THE DETAILS MTL à TABLE, October 30 – November 9, 2014 MTL à TABLE is powered by the SAQ, Mastercard by National Bank & ESKA. Treat yourself during MTL à TABLE, Montreal’s Restaurant Week, by taking advantage of a delicious special limited time Montreal Gourmand offer!    

Things to do this fall in Montreal

A veritable feast of seasonal events and activities make the fall in Montreal as vibrant as the colours on the slopes of Mount-Royal, whose already spectacular vistas and views take on an extra sensory resonance at this time of the year. But before heading there, there are some other essential stops along the way…