Sunday, December 30, 2012
This past year Montreal's food scene has seen it's share of triumphs and controversies with openings that went from heavily anticipated to much debated. We've seen a community band together and make leaps and bounds in the direction of hopefully ending an outdated moratorium on street food, and an increase in international recognition from filmed and printed food media. We've witnessed hard working restauranteurs, cooks, chefs and staff see their congratulations marginalized as they were caught in the crossfire of a heated dialogue that stirred up over the validity of a list aggregated by a certain national food writer with a suspicious personal agenda to omit some of our provinces biggest culinary ambassadors. As a city, we partook in our first official restaurant week and saw Montreal rise to become the true culinary destination native Montrealers always knew it has been. Perhaps most notably though, the magnificent bounty of our beautiful province has never before seen such a well deserved position in the pantries and minds of some of the worlds best chefs; to which much credit is due to an innovative homegrown distribution company Quebecers have a lot of reason to be proud of: Societe Orignal.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Behind a thin vale, and the at times nauseating glamour of celebrity chefdom exists the reality of the restaurant business: tight profits and seemingly endless work hours. Pursuing a labor of love requires that chefs and restauranteurs continuously search for modest overhead and affordable rent so that they might hope to be properly compensated for their hard work and the sacrifices they've made in their personal lives for their trade. The meager margins in the food industry are inherently the reason that it is often restaurants that are first to inject new life into what are often considered to be less-desirable neighborhoods, condos are never far behind and gentrification ensues. A Chicago neighborhood that was once predominantly a meat packing district has attracted a handful of the city's biggest industry players to open up shop and transform a pariah of an area in the city's west loop into a hip, up-and-coming stomping ground that has for the most part, arrived.