Montréal, Wednesday, February 13, 2019 — Now in its 20th edition, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, presented in collaboration with Bell, has proven that Montréal culinary art has nothing to envy of any other major city in the world. This year, a new gourmet committee was formed with, among others, Philippe Mollé, Catherine Lessard, Élise Tastet and six other people passionate about fine dining. These lovers of the pleasures of the table contributed to the new gourmet orientation of the festival: “Celebrate, feast, create… Montréal style!” For the twentieth anniversary, everything has been done to satisfy every palate. All kinds of new features are on the menu — including the Quartier Gourmand, located at the Maison du Festival, in the heart of the Quartier des spectacles, as well as the Nuit Gourmande, an unusual event that will thrill gourmets! From February 21 to March 3, in partnership with our 45 participating Air France Finest Tables, including four that have been partners with us for 20 years—Au Petit Extra, La Chronique, Normand Laprise and Christine Lamarche—, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE will take you on a journey around the world… And to the heart of our world! A flavourful party to discover what’s cooking in kitchens here and elsewhere!
The Quartier Gourmand,
Epicentre of Montréal Fine Dining
The Quartier Gourmand, truly the headquarters of fine dining during MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, will open its doors to festivalgoers, offering more than 45 fascinating activities, including more than 30 free ones. During the first weekend, from February 21 to 24, the Quartier Gourmand will showcase the theme of a journey around the world… And to the heart of our world! Come and enjoy soups from all over the world (Japan, Quebec, India, Portugal, Mexico); a soup – wine pairing will also be suggested by the SAQ. Come to the QUÉBEC MAPLE booth and try the four delicious MAPLE syrup colors! You will have the opportunity to explore the richness of producers of the Côte-Nord, to attend discussions with Philippe Mollé, Josée Di Stasio or Kim Thúy, and to discover the world of edible seaweed harvester Antoine Nicolas. Do you know the milk from here? Enter the quiz to meet a producer and get a chance to win exchangeable treats at the “kiosque grilled cheese et boissons lactées”!
The second weekend of the festival, from February 28 to March 3, will be focusing on urban agriculture! Come and discover a modern henhouse or an urban mushroom farm. Do you know what is Buddha’s hand? Did you know that it grows in Quebec? O’Citrus will have answers for you at the Quartier Gourmand. The myths and realities of kombucha will be unveiled with RISE. Gourmet vegetarian food will be offered by Le Kitchen restaurant.
Captivating, unique conferences to feed the body and the mind will be presented at L’Astral and Blumenthal with such special guests as Matty Matheson, Camille Becerra and Dan Giusti. Don’t miss it! Throughout the festival, the Bar ESKA will offer creative cocktails and other beverages based on its carbonated natural spring water. Come and discover the tasty beers of Brasseur de Montréal. A perfect moment to cool off! To know everything about the Quartier Gourmand, a new feature of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, visit https://www.montrealenlumiere.com/en-CA/Gastronomie/QuartierGourmand!
The Nuit Gourmande, “Montréal style”
A flavourful experience on the first Saturday of the festival!
In the night of February 23, in addition to all the gastronomic offers available on the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE outdoor site, experience the very first Nuit Gourmande in Montréal. This event wants to introduce people to the culinary riches of the city with the help of local shop owners, in a festive atmosphere accessible to all! Thanks to the active implication of the Société de Développement Commercial (SDC) de la Petite Italie et du Marché Jean-Talon, and the Société de Développement Commercial (SDC) – Les Quartiers du Canal, activities have been specially organized for the occasion throughout locations where taste buds are stimulated: restaurants, grocery stores, cafés, bars, bakeries, specialty boutiques…
Wander around the four zones of participating establishments, following your instincts in order for this gourmet stroll to be unforgettable!
A safe bet for Montréal gourmets, the Petite-Italie neighbourhood is filled with renowned establishments. They are strategically located around the essential Jean-Talon market, cooking its fresh local products with equal parts know-how and passion.
Close to downtown and the Old Port of Montréal, Wellington Street and its surroundings are an invitation to take a pleasant walk. Gourmets strolling there are never disappointed by the diverse, original, first-rate selection of restaurants.
There’s a particular vibe coming off the Saint-Henri neighbourhood, with its creative culinary offer in constant effervescence. The bars, cafés and restaurants located there feature various innovative concepts, while never neglecting quality!
Posh and modern, downtown culinary establishments are also very welcoming and festive. Their ideal location, near the other activities of the festival, will give you a good excuse to rest and warm up during your visit!
The exclusive gourmet offerings will include outdoor barbecues, an ice bar, beer tastings, signature cocktails and terroir products, in addition to vegan options, culinary stations in bars, a nighttime brunch and special offers on the outdoor site of the Quartier Gourmand. The Jean-Talon market (Allée des saveurs) and the Marché des Artisans will also stay open late!
A Nuit during which you will enjoy great food, as friendliness goes hand in hand with know-how and celebration!
To learn everything about the rich programming of this surprise-filled Nuit, visit https://www.montrealenlumiere.com/en-CA/Gastronomie/NuitGourmande!
New activities available
at these Air France Finest Tables!
- Miel and Chasse-Galerie Kitchen Swap: Chasse-Galerie and Miel will do a kitchen swap on February 25 and 26, thus offering a six-course menu in the style of their respective restaurants, but in a different context. Chef Alexandre St-Amand Tremblay and his team will bring their expertise to Miel on February 26, and chef Hakim Chajar will do the same with his team at Chasse-Galerie on February 25.
- Hoogan & Beaufort: After opening the restaurant Les 400 coups, recognized as the 4th best new restaurant in Canada in 2011, Marc-André Jetté is now the chef-owner of Hoogan & Beaufort restaurant, located in the Technopôle Angus neighbourhood. He will welcome pastry chef Patrice Demers and chef Jason Franey for his first participation to MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE. Jason Franey has built an impressive career in such renowned American establishments as Campton Place in San Francisco or Eleven Madison Park in New York, where he worked for six years as a sous chef with the famous Daniel Humm. He was named “Best New Chef” by Food & Wine in 2011, and one of the 161 Grands Chefs Relais & Châteaux in the world in 2013. In a magnificent décor, discover modern cuisine made with local ingredients and fresh vegetables, to which chef Franey will certainly add a touch of magic and sophistication.
- Manitoba: An entertaining evening with a social flavour to benefit the Tablée des Chefs led by former Noma chef Dan Giusti. Four young chefs will experience a complete evening in a professional kitchen under the guidance of two talented chefs. A high-level tasting menu, for a good cause.
- Renoir: For Ibarboure brothers, the restaurant and hotel business is a family affair. Their gastronomic restaurant on the Basque Coast (Bidart, France), which has a Michelin guide star, is now managed by a new generation of brothers, Xabi and Patrice Ibarboure. On February 20 and 21, in the kitchen of Olivier Perret (Maître Cuisinier de France) at Renoir, Xabi Ibarboure will introduce Montrealers to a gastronomic menu with Basque overtones. This exceptional six-course menu will include incredible dishes unique in Montréal—an experience not to be missed!
- Rosélys: During MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, Rosélys restaurant will welcome you with not just one, but four great chefs! On February 23 and 24, Ronan Kervarrec, a chef with 2 Michelin stars from La Table de Plaisance in Saint-Émilion, France, as well as executive chef Baptiste Peupion and executive pastry chef Jean-Marc Guillot from Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, plus the chef of Rosélys, Maxime Delmont have a particularly gourmet evening prepared for you! Children from 6 to 12 enjoy a 50 % discount, while children 5 and under eat for free.
It’s still possible to reserve the festival’s Air France Finest Tables!
The festival’s 45 Air France Finest Tables are waiting for you with fine dining and wine activities for every taste and budget. To create a gourmet itinerary within our programming, you only need to visit montrealenlumiere.com (Fine Dining tab). You can make a reservation right now: Agrikol, Alexandre et Fils, Auberge Saint-Gabriel, Au Petit Extra, Bar George, Bistro Lustucru, Brasserie T !, Chez Chose, Candide, Chez Victoire, Christophe, État-Major, Europea, Ferreira Café, Graziella, H4C-Place St-Henri, Helena, Henri Brasserie Française, Hoogan et Beaufort, Ikanos, Kitchen Galerie, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, La Chronique, Le Blumenthal, Le Local, Le Chasse-Galerie, Le Margaux, Le Montréal, Le Mousso, Le Petit Mousso, Le Quartier Général, Le Valois, Leméac, Maison Boulud, Nom Nom Cantine (W Montréal restaurant), Portus 360, Radicelle, Renoir, Restaurant de l’ITHQ, Restaurant Manitoba, Restaurant Pastel, Rosélys, La Société des arts technologiques (Foodlab and SAT Café), et Vertige. We remind you that the Air France Finest Tables greatly appreciate that festivalgoers fulfill their reservations.
You can also check our site to purchase tickets for the conferences that will take place at the Quartier Gourmand, the expert tours, and the Market-to-Table Dinner.
Festival of our Cheeses
For its 13th edition, the Festival of our Cheeses will once again give people the opportunity to meet Quebec cheesemakers. It will be their pleasure to answer the questions of visitors and to talk about their creations and the regional specificities that give cheese its taste and character. Everyone will have the chance to taste Quebec “classics” and to make surprising discoveries, in addition to taking advantage of special prices on cheese. Anthony Kavanagh, proud ambassador of Fromages d’ici, will be here to meet you on Friday, February 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Presented by Fromages d’ici, from February 21 to 23, Grande-Place of Complexe Desjardins, Free Admission.
During a “Fondue” dinner with Cheeses from here, Quebec artisan cheesemakers will be in the spotlight in the comforting atmosphere of Auberge Saint-Gabriel on February 22 and 23, by reservation.
Mondial des cidres 2019 presented by SAQ
The Mondial des cidres SAQ 2019 invites the public to admire the knowhow of more than twenty local artisan cider makers and to discover cider in all its variations: sparkling, sweet, dry, ice, flavoured… Tastings, contests, gourmet stations and theme nights! March 1 to 3, Grande-Place of Complexe Desjardins
LES CHEFS! culinary demonstration at the Mondial des cidres SAQ 2019
The Mondial des cidres SAQ 2019 and Radio-Canada team up to invite the public to a refined culinary experience. Host Élyse Marquis, in the company of some participants of the 2018 brigade of the TV show LES CHEFS!, which aired on ICI RADIO-CANADA TÉLÉ last spring, look forward to seeing festivalgoers at the Complexe Desjardins on Friday, March 1, at 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, March 2 at 3:30 p.m. for a technical demonstration that will impress the audience, followed by a tasting that will stimulate the most gourmet taste buds.
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