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Things to do in Montréal: November 6 to 12

November warms us up with gourmet food and drink at MTL à TABLE, La Grande Dégustation and more delicious events, along with the thrills of this week’s high-energy hockey and dance, innovations in film and art, and joyous fun of theatre and live music. Go gourmet Eat well and often as the city’s best restaurants participate in MTL à TABLE, Montréal’s official Restaurant Week, a celebration of food and drink with special prices to match. Until November 8, food lovers can enjoy table d’hôte menus at reduced prices ($21, $31 or $41), culinary tours, wine tastings, chocolate sampling, special events and more at 150 restaurants and other locations throughout the city. See our Tourisme Montréal Guide to the 2015 Edition of MTL à TABLE for details and feast at brilliant brunch eateries, family-friendly restaurants, group-friendly locales, bring-your-own-wine favourites and much more, plus try out local cheeses or take a gourmet excursion. Not only that but month-long event Happy November adds to the festivities, including La Grande Dégustation de Montréal, November 6 and 7, showcasing 200 wine producers, distillers and brewers and their fabulous wares at Place Bonaventure. And if you’re vegan or simply vegan-curious, check out the 2nd-annual Montréal Vegan… / Read More →

Happy November: tasting our way through it, one wine at a time

Despite the waning light and dipping temperatures, we’re warm with excitement about November. Why? Because it’s Happy November, our month-long celebration of wine and gastronomy, sponsored by the Société des alcools du Québec. So cue the music (Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” – what else?), and keep reading to find out how you can indulge in this lavish spread of gourmet food and spectacular vintages. MTL à TABLE (October 29 to November 8) – The fourth edition of Montréal’s Restaurant Week, sponsored by YP Resto, has already launched, but you’ve still got time to satisfy your cravings by exploring the city’s to-die-for culinary scene. While the big draw is the three special fixed-price evening menus ($21, $31 and $41) at a whopping 150 restaurants across town, you can also indulge in culinary tours and special gastronomy-themed activities. La grande dégustation de Montréal (November 6 and 7) It doesn’t get grander than this: the city’s largest wine-tasting event brings 200 wine producers, distillers and brewers together at Place Bonaventure in downtown Montréal. Connoisseurs of wine, beer and spirits flock to it for the exceptional tastes, the expertise and the convivial atmosphere. Featured this year are the wines of Spain, Grenache and bubblies of… / Read More →

Montréal goes gourmet this November

Fall in Montréal is fantastic: first the cultural smorgasbord of all things art, followed by followed by two major mouthwatering events: MTL à TABLE, the city’s Restaurant Week and Happy November, a one-month celebration of wine and gastronomy, by the Société des alcools du Québec (or the “SAQ” as the locals call it). Here’s a more in-depth look at what’s to devour this month and how you can be a part of it: Explore the joys of MTL à TABLE MTL à TABLE, or the city’s Restaurant Week, runs from October 29 to November 8 this year, and for this fourth edition, the city is setting the table for 11 amazing days of feasting. For the occasion, epicureans get to taste their way through special three-course fixed price menus ($21, $31 and $41) at 150 participating restaurants across town. Exclusively this year, two $69 menus will be offered at Toqué! and Europea, both prestigious Relais & Chateaux restaurants. Some scrumptious extras also include special late-night menus for night owls, savoury and sweet brunch menus on weekends and mixology classes to shake things up a little. Get happy with Happy November Giving dreary November a dash of panache is Happy November,… / Read More →

Things to Do in Montréal October 30 to November 5

Clocks turn back but Montréal faces forward this week with innovate and affordable gourmet cuisine at MTL à Table Restaurant Week, all manner of Halloween celebrations, mind-expanding new dance, theatre, film and art, and live music that shakes up the status quo. Restaurant Week specialities Food, glorious food, rules the city this week as MTL à Table, Montréal’s official Restaurant Week, celebrates the pleasures of a good meal, a perfect snack and the best tipple to pair with it. Until November 8, food lovers can find table d’hôte reduced prices ($21, $31 or $41), culinary tours, wine tastings, chocolate sampling, special events and more at 150 restaurants and other locations throughout the city. See our Tourisme Montréal Guide to the 2015 Edition of MTL à Table for details and get ready to feast at brilliant brunch eateries, family-friendly restaurants, group-friendly locales, bring-your-own-wine favourites and much more, plus try out local cheeses or take a gourmet excursion. Alternatively, if you’d like to get in the kitchen yourself, choose the Montréal cooking class that suits your tastes. Find autumn delicacies at local farms and wineries and take a delicious piece of Montréal home with you in a jar with these locally-made treats…. / Read More →

Let’s brunch for #MTLaTABLE!

More than 150 restaurants will be participating in this fourth edition of MTL à TABLE from October 29 to November 8, 2015. Each year, this most anticipated food festivals brings fixed price, 3-course menus to the table as well as a slew of food related activities such as gourmet excursions through Montreal, a wine and chocolate tasting or a Relais & Châteaux experience featuring restaurants Toqué! and Europea. For this year’s fourth edition, MTL à TABLE is adding one more delicious activity to its repertoire: brunch! There’s nothing Montrealers love more than indulging in a leisurely weekend brunch with loved ones. Twenty of Montréal’s hottest brunch restaurants are offering $21 brunch menus in honour of MTL à TABLE. Whether you’re in the mood for a full Turkish breakfast from BarBounya or restaurant Su, a more elegant affair from EVOO, LiliCo or Brasserie T! or a heartier offer from Le Valois or Les Affamés, you are sure to find a perfect fit among the brunch restaurants listed below. Click on the restaurant’s name to reserve your MTL à TABLE brunch spot now. ACE Deli et Bar Au Petit Extra Barbounya Beaver Hall Brasserie Central Brasserie Le Pois Penché Brasserie T! Chez… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: October 23 to 29

Late October in Montréal is all about food, art-abundant culture, live music and Halloween fun. The city’s official Restaurant Week, MTL à TABLE, kicks off with gourmet festivities and menu specials, just as a cultural feast is unleashed in theatres and galleries, touring bands thrill music fans and Halloween activities creep into our already wild nightlife. Fantastic food   Montréal is a food lovers’ city, with more restaurants than most major urban centres and the acclaim to match – try as many eateries as you can during MTL à TABLE, Montréal’s official Restaurant Week, happening October 29 to November 8 at 150 restaurants across the city. For 11 days, take advantage of table d’hôte reduced prices ($21, $31 or $41), culinary tours, wine tastings, special events and more, from family-friendly restaurants to group-friendly locales, bring-your-own-wine favourites to local cheeses. For more details on what to do and where to go during Restaurant Week, read our Tourisme Montréal Guide to the 2015 Edition of MTL à TABLE. Happy eating! Halloween anticipation Because Montréalers love Halloween, the costumed fun starts early. Cult movie fans cheer for both the film and a cast of characters on stage at the Rocky Horror Picture Show Ball,… / Read More →

Taste the best of Québec cheeses during MTL à TABLE

Did you know that the province of Québec produces more than 450 cheeses? From small artisanal cheese makers to bigger producers and from soft cheeses to blue to firm, Québec’s cheese production has blossomed over the past two decades to rival the best of European imports. For its 4th edition, MTL à TABLE is proud to partner up with Our cheeses to take you on a discovery of some outstanding local Québec cheeses. Participating MTL à TABLE restaurants were invited to create a main dish using a Québec cheese from an Our cheeses selection. The 15 most original recipes will be featured on the menu of the winning restaurants. You can enjoy these delicious recipes at the restaurants listed below during MTL à TABLE from October 28 to November 8, 2015. Au Petit Extra – Smoked trout mille-feuille with Riopelle de l’Isle cheese, celeriac and yellow beet Café Griffintown – Mac ‘n’ cheese with three Québec cheeses Quindici – Veal osso buco, Baluchon cheese mashed potatoes and asparagus salad Chez l’Épicier – Classic Cordon Bleu-inspired Guinea fowl from M. Besnier farm, Blackburn soubise sauce, homemade gnocchi with ham Decca77 Restaurant – Rack of Charlevoix lamb, potato mille-feuille with 1608 cheese,… / Read More →

Taste Montréal with the family during MTL à TABLE

Montréal’s restaurant week or “MTL à TABLE” is a great opportunity to check out different restaurants around the city to try delicious culinary creations for sometimes a fraction of the regular price. If you’re dining out as a family, it’s probably safe to say that half the battle is not finding a place to go, but a place where everyone will be happy with. Here are a few restaurants to check out during restaurant week that will satisfy gastronomes of all ages. Mesón – 345 Villeray Close your eyes and take a gastronomic trip to the Iberian peninsula of Spain at Mesón. Gather the gang and relax at this warm and casual neighbourhood bistro specializing in Spanish-inspired comfort food. Incorporating market-fresh produce in their dishes, with a great selection of Spanish wines and cocktails to pair, Mesón will be definitely a unique experience during the 2015 MTL à TABLE. Café Griffintown – 1378 Notre-Dame Street West Located in one of the city’s most colourful and eclectic neighbourhoods- Griffintown – Café Griffintown invites you to discover their Franco-American cuisine inspired bistro-pub menu. A live Jazz band on weekends often tops off the laid back atmosphere of charming bricked walls and casual… / Read More →

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 →