Jul 28, 2012

The Souk – streetfood at the Just For Laughs Festival – is a hit!

By Andrea Doucet Donida 

Gaëlle Cerf, co-owner of Grumman 78 taco foodtruck must be smiling right now, and with good reason.

Her brain-child, the Food Souk, a celebration of streetfood at the Just for Laughs Festival, is a hit. Last March, when I spoke to Gaëlle at the Snow Village Streetfood event, she was already working on this summer Just for Laughs unique food concept in Montreal, pushing to get street food recognized as a valid alternative in Montreal. It is still within the “walls” of a Festival, but slowly we have seen the discussion surrounding street food make its way up the Municipal agenda. While we wait for this mouvement to finally take over the real streets of Montreal, don’t miss your chance to taste what is offered at the Souk: today is the last day! Ends July 28th at 11pm.
Grumman 78 is one of the leaders in Montreal's Street Food mouvement and organizer's of the Food Souk

I strongly recommend going in late afternoon since some of the street food trucks are closed at noon, especially all the sweet ones - don’t know why and as a fervent sweet tooth gal, I was very disappointed when I went for lunch!
Marius & Fanny was closed at noon - I was looking forward to their cannelés and macarons...check them out!

You can find your usual street food fare – but at a very high standard, like burgers, tacos, hot dogs and such. However, you also find original offerings, healthy and so delicious, like the veggie cones served up by Darren Bergeron at his Dada stand. He also adds some salmon, cheese or other toppings, in amazingly spiced up vinegrette with fresh and crunchy vegetables. Can you tell it was my favourite?
Chef Darren Bergeron preparing fresh mix of beautiful vegetables and spices, yum!

Another really good choice are the lobster rolls form Lucille’s stand, and the line-up is not too big since the service is ultra-fast.

Street food is also a place to innovate and have fun, like this unusual “glass” for very sweet raspberry lemonade! Makes you feel like a kid again.
Raspberry lemonade in a bag, makes you smile although too sweet to make it really refreshing

Which I guess is the point of this Food Souk at Just for Laughs, enjoy yourself, laugh and have a big foodie party!

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Jul 25, 2012

Omnivore food forum takes over the SAT August 17-20

Chef Peter Nilsson of La Gazzetta, in Paris
By Alexandra Forbes

Between August 17 and  20, as part of the Omnivore festival, foreign chefs like La Gazzetta’s Peter Nilsson will cook dinners alongside local chefs, and will also do presentations at the Societé des Arts Technologiques. Nilsson will be the guest chef at the hip little restaurant Lawrence on August 17 alongside chef-owner Marc Cohen, and do a presentation at the Societé des Arts Technologiques (SAT) the following morning. My full post with more details is online on The Montreal Buzz, click here to read.

The dinners can be booked by contacting the restaurants themselves, while day passes to attend the presentations can be purchased online.

Omnivore official website
Societé des Arts Technologiques, 1201 St-Laurent, (514) 844-2033

Master shucker Daniel Notkin's Oysterfest to take place September 2

Daniel Notkin, oyster shucker behind Montreal's annual Oysterfest
By Alexandra Forbes

Montrealers know their oysters... there are lots of restaurants in town where you'll find not only great-quality oysters from both coasts, but also seriously good shuckers who know a great deal about what they serve. The nearest sea may be hundreds of miles away but this is, after all, a food-crazed town where locals have a special weakness for all things served on crushed ice, from the snowcrab legs at Garde Manger to the exquisite urchins and mussels sourced locally and served at the Brasserie T! (when in season) – not to mention the top-notch oysters at Joe Beef and L’Orignal…

That's why I think one of the funnest food events out there is the annual Montreal Oysterfest, which this year will take place September 2.

The oyster shucker at L'Orignal, the always-energized-and-super-friendly Daniel Notkin, is the man behind the one-day festival, which will gather chefs, shuckers, wine importers, DJs and revellers in a parking lot in Old Montreal (at the corner of St. Jean and Notre Dame West streets), starting at 2 P.M.

It's not just about oysters... Some of Montreal's restaurants will set up tents and serve small dishes, in exchange for food tickets.

There will be a Caesar competition, and a shucking competition with shuckers coming in from Toronto, PEI, Ottawa, Niagara and the U.S.  And a DJ, of course.
Proceeds go towards the Non-profits "The Open Pier Foundation" (whose goal is to promote ocean sustainability through education) and Environmental Defense.

Montreal Oysterfest, September 2, 2012, 2-9pm, The Pigeon Hole Parking Lot (Rue St Jean & Notre Dame West)

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