Winter winds may blow, but Montrealers don’t let frosty temperatures dampen their spirits: we embrace the season and celebrate it. One way we shake off the cold is with one of the world’s largest winter festivals, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIERE, from February 19 to March 1.
For 11 days, visitors and locals alike can experience the pleasure of a Montréal winter through a unique program of activities that brings together performing arts, free outdoor family-friendly activities and, most importantly, gastronomy! Since 2000, over 500 world-renowned chefs have been paired with local culinary talent at the city’s finest tables to express their passion for the art of food. Here are some of the gastronomy events not to be missed.
Honorary President of the festival, Pierre-André Ayer from the Michelin-starred restaurant Le Pérolles – voted western Switzerland’s chef of the year –joins host Jérôme Ferrer at Europea. He will be presenting a six-course meal of dishes that have helped build his reputation. The two Honorary President Dinners will be accompanied by some of Switzerland’s finest vintages never seen before in Montréal, hand-picked by Paolo Basso, named World’s Best Sommelier in 2013.
Twice Michelin-starred chef Reto Lampart joins Riccardo Bertolino and Daniel Boulud and their kitchen brigade at Maison Boulud. Chef Lampart will be offering a five-course menu highlighting his French culinary background while incorporating Mediterranean influences.
Chef Maryline Nozahic of La Table de Mary (and GaultMillau’s 2012 chef of the year) joins Helena Loureiro at both her restaurants, Helena and Portus Calle for a two separate dinner events. Joining forces, the duo will serve an eclectic menu inspired by their culinary backgrounds in French and Portuguese cuisine. The wine program will be curated by sommelier Guénaël Revel.
Chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley of Ripple and Roofer’s union in Washington D.C. joins Bryan Labchuk and his team at Pullman for a dinner and brunch event. Considered to be one of Washington’s rising stars, Chef Meek-Bradley has worked under the tutelage of some of the states’ top chefs including Mike Isabella as well as world-class chefs José Andres and Marcus Samuelsson.
Les 400 Coups along with chefs Guillaume Cantin Brian Verstraten welcome Chef Nancy Hinton, owner of Les Jardins Sauvages, along with mushroom expert François Brouillard. Focusing on local and seasonal products, this team will be highlighting wild plants, mushrooms and other delicacies from Les Jardin Sauvages to present a Québec-inspired menu!
Chef Dany Bolduc of Le H4C – Place St. Henri invites you to discover “ALL-VEGGIE EVENINGS” with – if you didn’t already guess – a vegetarian themed dinner. For three nights, you can choose from a four or seven course meal with optional wine pairing that will thrill your taste buds with the savory flavours of a gourmet vegetarian feast.
Check out “Swiss Lunches” at Quartier Général with chefs Vincent Chatelais and Nicolas Ficuciello. Starting at 11 am, the culinary duo will serve a three-course meal of cured meats, game, cheese and chocolate inspired by the Swiss Alps and local rustic cuisine. And, at $25, it’s a steal!