Freelance writer living halfway between Paris and Montreal.
While it may be cold outside, Montrealers are gearing up for the anticipated 7th edition of Happening Gourmand, an annual event which takes place in Old Montreal. What better way to overcome your post-holiday blues than by sampling tasty cuisine from a variety of restaurants that dot Montreal's historic city centre?
From January 9th to February 2nd, eight restaurants will propose lunch and dinner menus for a fraction of the price. Participating venues belonging to the Antonopoulos Group, who operate a host of well-known boutique hotels, bars, restaurants, and spas in the Old Port, will be offering three-course meals ranging from $15 to $29.
You'll find dishes varying from comfort food classics to Italian, Japanese, and contemporary French fare that are sure to please all palates. Establishments contributing to the event include Kyo Bar Japonais (the space that formerly housed AIX Cuisine du Terroir), BEVO Bar Pizzeria, Modavie, Méchant Bœuf, Suite 701, Taverne Gaspar, Verses, and Vieux-Port Steakhouse.
Here is a sneak peek of this year's set menu: Suite 701's organic salmon Carpaccio is accompanied by crispy rice, jalapeno, and sweet pea jelly as a starter. Kyo is serving a main dish of pork fried in panko alongside Japanese coleslaw and steamed rice, while Méchant Bœuf's Cordon bleu chicken burger comes with sautéed spinach and chips. For dessert, try a basil syrup and passion fruit vanilla panna cotta at Taverne Gaspar.
Partaking in the food festival has its perks. Happening Gourmand is partnering with Igloofest to give patrons $5 off entrance tickets (priced at $20) for simply dining at a participating restaurant. They are also providing hotel packages for those who wish to dine and sleep in style. Who said winter was for staying indoors – your weekends are booked this month with tons of fun-filled activities.