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“Tous les vins sont des vins de table” and at Sel Gras the table is exquisite


sel gras
Photo credit: Emmanuel Hessler

Usually Sel Gras has the type of service where you exclaim “all this? But it’s not even my birthday!” Well last week it actually was my birthday and I got my cake and ate it too. And by that I mean that I even had a beautiful bouquet of flowers waiting for me at the table, courtesy of the magnificent co-owner, Matthieu Arteau.
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French Onion Soup

French onion soup

For me, the first snowfall means one thing and one thing only: the time for guilt-free indulgence has arrived! One of winter’s perks is all the delicious, decadent comfort food we can all enjoy. Everyone has their favourite dish, and mine is rich and flavourful French onion soup.  So curl up on the couch, preferably in front of a fireplace, and enjoy a bowl of cheesy, piping hot onion soup.

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Making Local Choices for Your Cheese and Charcuterie Platters

Cheese and charcuterie platter

Some call it a cheese platter and others, a charcuterie platter. Whatever you call it, it’s delicious and suitable for any festive occasion or romantic dinner. There’s really nothing quite like getting together with friends, sharing a bottle (or three) of wine and savouring a wonderful selection of local cheeses and cured meats. It sounds simple, but there is an art to putting together a beautiful charcuterie board.
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Memories in the Making with Mulled Wine

Mulled Wine
photo credit: Katherine Macnaughton

We drink certain beverages simply because they are delicious, whereas others tend to grow on us, requiring time for our palates to adapt to new and challenging flavours. Time certainly develops maturity in our taste buds but also allows for memories to be created.
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‘Tis the time for oysters!

Since autumn is oyster season, we thought we’d get the Foodie Collective together to test out a few varieties, and Kim’s housewarming presented the perfect occasion for us to gorge ourselves on these delicious bivalves.We headed to the Odessa Poissonnier outlet to pick up a few different kinds and this is definitely the place to go for great seafood. They have lots of varieties, in big and small boxes or in bulk so you can buy as many or as few as you want, and mix and match. This time around, we decided to stick to East Coast oysters, more specifically different varieties from PEI.
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Festival Mondial de la Bière 2013


Every year, the event that I look forward to most is Beerfest aka Le festival mondial de la bière. What started as an excuse to hangout at Windsor Station and drink the entire day, has turned into an annual tradition. However, there is a strategy in order to fully appreciate the experience: arrive early and go during a weekday. This will ensure that you actually get a chance to sample new beers without competing with the crowds and drunkards. To quote my friend Nerio’s shirt that he wore this year “You can’t drink all day unless you start in the morning.” Wise words. I would like to point out that I am in no way a beer expert, but I’ve tried many different varieties throughout the years and have taken a stab at making my own brews.
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Homemade pasta carbonara workshop at Santropol Roulant

Fresh Pasta
The best part of loving food is sharing it. That is why The Foodie Collective jumped on the opportunity to give cooking classes at our favorite food organization Santropol Roulant. On May 30th, Throwdowners Katherine Macnaughton and Amanda Piedimonte will host a fresh pasta carbonara cooking class. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves as you roll out your own pasta dough, crack a few eggs into you carbonara sauce, and sip on specially paired wine. Sign up here!

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The Foodie Collective Book

Hello wonderful readers!

It’s that time of the year again to pull out pen and paper and begin drafting your Christmas list.
I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely a huge fan of Christmas. I understand it can be a holiday wrought with anxiety and indecision – many may not even enjoy it at all. If you’re looking to avoid long lineups at the cash register, I have the perfect solution for you: donate to charity! But don’t just give money – which is nice, but kind of impersonal – instead, buy our book for yourself or as a gift! You heard right; if you were wondering why The Foodie Collective has been less active on this blog (tisk tisk), it’s because they have been working on an incredible project: a recipe book that combines all of The Foodie Collective’s favorite tried and tested recipes, along with fun food-related articles, photography and artwork. The best news of all is that this book was created and published by The Foodie Collective, with the help of incredible contributors, for the purpose of donating all the proceeds to an amazing local organization Santropol Roulant.

The Foodie Collective came up with the idea for this book during a Christmas oyster party. As we were discussing the success of our very first fundraiser – we raised $485 for Mission Bon Accueil in 2011 – as well as how fortunate we are to eat so well so often, we decided a self-published, all-proceeds-donated to-charity cookbook would be the best way to give back. As such, this year, we have partnered with Santropol Roulant as our charity of choice.


“Since 1995, Santropol Roulant has been using food to create community. We are a social service with a vision of social change. The heart of our organization is our Meals-on-Wheels Program that, with the help of thousands of volunteers, provides over 20,000 freshly cooked, nutritious and tasty meals a year to clients living with a loss of autonomy. This only scratches the surface though. Like you, we love food and think it has great power. The fact is, every time we eat food, cook it, plant it, grow it or compost it, our world changes. Our deepest thanks to the Foodie Collective for creating this beautiful book that will help put food on the tables of so many.”

In purchasing this book, you know you’re doing a good thing. Plus, you get to discover our favorite eclectic and imaginative recipes, inspired by both tradition and experimentation, along with important local food initiatives, several food-related articles, and custom artwork by Montreal’s finest.

Hundreds of hours have been donated during the creation of this book, from the graphic designer (wonderful Sasha Endoh), to the writers, illustrators, photographers and Throwdowners, of course. As such, it would be greatly appreciated if you could support our cause by buying one or two or three books this Christmas. In so doing, you’ll be making sure more people have access to daily, nutritious meals.

>>>To order your book, check out our Etsy listing!<<<

>>>We are holding a book launch Wednesday December 5th 2012 at En Cachette 1765 St-Denis, Montreal, QC, from 6pm and on! Show your support by buying the book or making a donation. A percentage of the bar will be donated as well and special treats will be handed out! Spread the news!<<<

One last sneak peak:

>>>To order your book, check out our Etsy listing!<<<

Do I dare say it in November… HAPPY HOLIDAYS & HAPPY GIVING!

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