MONTREAL…ONE OF THE GREAT FOOD CITIES
OF THE WORLD
4 day Culinary Tour…
Poutine, a must try Montreal favorite
Fairmount Bagels has more than 20 varieties of incredible hand made
and wood fired bagels
4 cooking classes:
Montreal has an amazing number of cooking classes. The trick
for us was to find classes taught in English. They are few and
far between. However, perservance paid off and our schedule includes
schools with interesting and innovative approaches to food.
Ecole de cusine Mezza Luna, a highly respected school, is not
on our list. In the class I took a few months ago, I was promised
that English would be spoken. In a group of 30, I was the only
American, mostly ignored as far as English explanations were concerned.
Class no 1…Lunchtime Gourmet Presse a one hour capsule
class of lunch with tips
On recreating the menu. A novel cooking class approach that
Class no. 2…Ateliers & Saveurs…love this school
with its interesting menus and an engaging chef/teacher.
Class No. 3…Appetite for Books…a combination book
store and cooking school.
Highly recommended by Nick Malgieri, whose tenth book on baking
was published in Sept.2010 and who gives baking classes at
Appetite for Books. We will book a private class where we can choose
the topic. At the moment, I’m thinking of lessons from Plenty,
an English cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi. A Favorite recipe: Surprise
Tatin - slices of cooked sweet potatoes layered with roasted tomatoes,
carmelized onions & goat cheese, the whole topped with puff pastry.
Class No. 4…A Workshop Course at Ateliers & Saveurs…Topics
are not available till mid-August but I assure you all of their
offerings are outstanding. Previous workshops have included :Secrets & kinow-how
of a great Quebec Chef, Follow the Chef at the Market which
includes a visit to the Atwater Market.
Ann cooking at Ateliers & Saveurs
at Ateliers & Saveurs
In addition to our classes: Tastings of The Best Tastes of Montreal.
These will include some of the following:
Fairmount Bagels, I think their bagels are the best I’ve
ever tasted, far better than the New York current addiction
to monster bagels, Cheskie Hermishe Bakery …Babka and poppy
seed rugelach, Le Fromentier…Gourmet says their “bread
isn’t just the best breead we’ve had in Montreal, it
may be the best bread we’ve ever had, period”. High
praise indeed. Maple syrup…Coombs Family Farms…another
Gourmet recommendation. 80% of the world’s maple syrup is
produced In Canada. Qui Lait Cru…an outstanding selection
of Quebec cheeses at the Marche Jean Talon Market featuring over
100 producers Kitchen supply store at Ecole Mezza Luna…outstanding
store but far from the center of town. One half of the store is
a very good selection of cooking tools, the other part of the store
sells guns and ammunition. Unique!
Other Best Tastes of Montreal will be added. Some of the above
will be items I will pick up for tasting in my room. Each room
is a suite with kitchen facilities. Distances are quite far unless
the group wants to make a morning of dashing from place to place
by shared cab rides.
DAY BY DAY ITINERARY:
Arrive in Montreal, check in at our hotel, The Embassy Suites. Each single room
will be a suite with living room area and a full kitchen. Location is excellent,
just a few minute walk from Vieux Montreal and the location of a couple of our
According to your arrival time, I will plan to introduce you to
Vieux Montreal with perhaps a stop at Marche Bonsecours,
a small upscale mall in a beautiful building.
Dinner at an elegant restaurant in Vieux Montreal.
one of owners of Joe Beef, top notch Montreal restaurant,
behind the bar
Oyster blackboard in
same owners as Joe Beef, they specialiize in Oysters
9:30 am Walk to Pointe-a-Calliere…Montreal Museum of archaeology
18 minute video presentation chronicling the founding of Montreal,
then see interesting archaeological ruins underneath the building.
Noon … Gourmet Presse Lunch at Ateliers & Saveurs
6pm…Dinner at Au Pied du Cochon…perhaps Montreal’s
most famous restaurant
For some Quebecois specialties: foie gras, poutine (fried potatoes
smothered in cheese curd), a bit daunting, but a local favorite.
The restaurant is famous for its foie gras offerings, 10 in all.
9 am Leave for City sightseeing tour…A 3 hour bus tour
that includes drive bys of Montreal’s most famous landmarks
including Olympic Park, Montreal Harbor, University of Montreal
etc. This is included in the tour but is an optional activity.
You may want to use this time to wander on your own.
Schwart’z …for lunch.No trip to Montreal is complete
without a visit to Scwartz’s to sample its smoked meat,
mainly brisket. This is a small storefront where we will more
than likely have to stand on line but it’s worth it.
6pm…Private cooking class at Appetite for Books…two
to three hours
Museum of Fine Arts (optional) or morning free…
Neighborhood Noshing: Cheese Tasting, Bread Tasting, Bakery Favorites
After lunch visit Atwater Market…
6pm Ateliers & Saveurs Workshop
Leave for home or other destinations.
Cost: $2350 includes 4 night hotel suite room single
occupancy with no single supplement, breakfast is included, 4 cooking
classes, entrance to Ponte-a-Calliere, city sightseeing
,food samplings, lunch at Liverpool House.
Not included: lunches,
dinner at Au Pied de Cochon, wine or alcholic beverages at any
meal, coffee stops. Transportation by taxi or metro. Taxi is
shared cost, in other words 3 or 4 to a cab will share cost.
Activities on each day may have
to be rescheduled to a different day due to
Early sign up important so we don’t get shut out of any