Get Ready Montreal!

August 27, 2013 · 0 comments

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Are you dreading to say your goodbyes to summer? I am, and I’m not ready to let it go just yet. Yes, festival season is over, but there’s still a bunch of great events happening in Montreal in the next couple of weeks. There’s plenty of time to get in some good eats, while the weather is in our favor. That’s what this post is about.

The first one, which I am incredibly excited about, and proud of, is something I’ve always wanted to do.

1. Breakfast Television appearance on City TV

Where: Videotron channel 14 or 614(HD); Bell Fibe 204 or 1204(HD)

When: Thursday, August 29th @ 6:45am

What: City TV recently began in Montreal. It’s been in various major cities across Canada for years, so it was only a matter of time before it hit the airwaves here. Breakfast Television is a big part of their programming, and has been for years. A few weeks ago I was asked if I was interested in appearing on this new morning show. Naturally, I enthusiastically said YES!!! This Thursday, August 29th at around 6:45am I will be making my live TV debut with hosts Alexandre Despatie and Joanne Vrakas. I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am! This is something you won’t want to miss. The show officially kicked off yesterday (August 26th) where Danny Smiles of Le Bremner and runner up in the latest season of Top Chef Canada, whipped up a delicious summer salad with Despatie. So if you’re up that early, tune in. If you’re not, set your PVR’s. What will I be discussing? Burger Week! Which leads me to the next bit of news…

2. Le Burger Week

Le Burger Week

Where: Various restaurants

When: September 1st to the 7th

What: For the second year in a row, Burger Week is hitting Montreal. Headed by Na’eem Adam (a.k.a. Le Méchant Mangeur) and his partner in burger crime, Thierry Rassam, Burger Week not only has a new theme, but it’s in 4 cities! This year, all burgers must include cheese. Joining Montreal on the quest for burger domination is Quebec City, Winnipeg, and one of my favorite cities in Canada, Vancouver. For one week only, chefs will have the opportunity to experiment, dazzle, and play around with this American classic. While some are taking burgers to the next level, some are doing burgers for the first time, such as Blackstrap BBQ. I managed to get a sneak peek of 4 burgers before the week begins, so you’re gonna want to watch Breakfast Television on Thursday, August 29th at 6:45am (or set your PVR’s) to find out where I went and what I thought of them. Here’s a sneak peek in pictures, as well as all the links you need to find out more.

3. La Fraff, Spanish Pop-up Restaurant

La Fraff

Where: Gusto Pizzeria, 6411 Saint Hubert

When: Saturday September 7th; First seating between 6:00 and 7:00pm and the second between 9:30 and 10:00pm, Reservations required

What: How many times do you hear of a pop-up restaurant happening in Montreal? It’s a rare. It happens all the time in New York, L.A., Portland, and many other foodie-centric cities. Well now’s your chance to get in on one. Zack Kolomeir (perhaps better known as @thebusboy on Instagram, is an actual bus boy at Joe Beef, and will be a future stagiaire at Chef Dan Barber’s Blue Hill), Marlee Felberbaum (a soon-to-be graduate from the ITHQ and who just came back from a 3-month trip expanding her knowledge of Italian cuisine in Italy), Benji Greenberg (yes, the same Benji Greenberg from the Food Network’s Recipe to Riches who was controversially sent off where many people still think he should have won), and Mike Grozman (a current stagiaire at the very popular Tuck Shop), are all getting together to show what the future will look like in Montreal’s food scene. They will be preparing a Spanish themed pop up restaurant with food inspired by the wonderful Catalonian flavours. The menu will be fixed, in tapas style with a few larger menu items meant for sharing (steak for 2 for example). Grab a reservation while you can. Here’s the event link on Facebook (La Fraff), and the flyer:

4. The Montreal Oysterfest 5th Edition

Oysterfest 5

Where: Terrasses Bonsecours Island

When: Sunday, September 8th, 1:00pm to 9:00pm.

What: This is an event I look forward to every year. When Daniel Notkin, the man behind Oysterfest and professional oyster shucker, revealed the date of this year’s fest, it immediately went into my calendar. So, I planned that day months in advance. As demand has grown over the last 4 years, this 5th installment will enjoy a venue change at the Terrasses Bonsecours Island. Instead of purchasing your tickets from set locations, you can buy them online! (link below) Also, there will be MORE food, and MORE wonderful beverages from about 50 restaurants and suppliers exhibiting. Some notables are Bevo, Flyjin, Garde Manger, Gaspar, Grinder, Imadake, L’Orignal, Kyo, Méchant Boeuf, Park, Suite 701, and Taverne Monkland. Drinks will be distributed by Burgundy Lion and Philemon. There’s also a Cesar competition, sponsored by Motts Clamato, and the illustrious oyster shucking competition, which brings people from all over Canada to compete. As fun as the event is, it’s important to note the charitable aspect and inspiration behind Oysterfest apart from the good times. As described on their Facebook page, “Every year, 100% of proceeds from Oysterfest go to the Open Pier Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the sustainability of aquatic life. The Foundation, in turn, donates funds to worthy organizations whose values are aligned.” This year, the funds will benefit the World Wildlife Fund Canada. Tickets can be purchased in 2 ways: 1) $35: allows entry and comes with 2 food/drink tickets; 2) $65: allows entry and comes with 10 food/drink tickets. Additional tickets can be purchased on site for $5. Each ticket is good for one unit of food or drink. This really is one of the BEST food and beverage events of the year. I’ll definitely be there. Here’s a few pics from last year’s event.


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