MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE: our most beautiful, diverse edition ever
- Quartier des spectacles
As the city of Montreal celebrates its 375th birthday, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, presented by RBC in collaboration with Bell, is preparing an 18th edition packed with an unprecedented array of culinary expertise from the world over. Curious about the ingredients of our most bountiful, diversified event ever? Let’s start with the fact that MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE is part of the official programming of the celebrations of Montreal’s 375th anniversary. What a great way to kick off this exceptional year! Also, our grand featured city is Lyon, with its peerless international reputation for fine dining. Lyon and Montreal have enjoyed a 25-year friendship. Not only are they sister cities, but the Fête des Lumières in Lyon is one of the major inspirations for the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE festival, launched in 2000. Furthermore, an impressive cohort of international chefs from the cities of the Délice network is here to thrill Montreal with flavours from all over the globe. It’s simple: this will be the largest number of great international chefs our city has ever hosted! Add our fifty participating Air France Finest Tables and an impressively diversified array of gourmet activities spread through 7 series, and there’s no doubt: an unprecedented culinary voyage awaits us next February 23 to March 11!
“Renewing its commitment to arts and culture, RBC is proud to once again be part of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE and make its contribution to the cultural vitality of Montreal. And our pride is magnified tenfold given the program of this 2017 edition is distinguished by its array of unique elements! By spotlighting the cuisine of Lyon, MEL becomes a window on the world, inviting festivalgoers on a voyage of culinary discovery of the entirety of gastronomic diversity. It’s the perfect opportunity to conquer winter while experiencing the finest in dining!
— Martin Thibodeau, president, Quebec headquarters, RBC
Proud partners of Lyon, grand featured city, and the Délice network
“This special edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE is sure to be one of the most delicious and luminous ever! This unprecedented cohort of major Lyon and international chefs promises an unforgettable treat for our taste buds.”
— Gilbert Rozon, Commissioner of Montreal’s 375th Anniversary Celebrations
“Montréal is honoured to welcome Lyon to celebrate our 375th anniversary. This very special edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE is sure to be one of the greatest ever, thanks to the presence of our friends from Lyon, who are masters in the arts of offering a warm welcome and dazzling their guests. Montreal will offer its own warm welcome to the international chefs from the Délice network who will be joining the party.”
— Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montreal
“The Government of Québec is proud to be part of the projects Lyon, Grand Featured City and Délice Network, specially conceived to mark the 375th anniversary of Montreal. This will be the perfect opportunity to showcase our restaurant industry and the talents of the greatest chefs from Québec and the entire world, confirming Montreal’s enviable reputation as a capital of gastronomy and culture.”
— Martin Coiteux, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security, and Minister responsible for the Montreal region
Seven series at the crossroads of flavour and gourmet discovery
Lyon, grand featured city
Nestled in a region boasting extraordinary products, the city of Lyon now numbers 4,200 restaurants and 21 Michelin-starred chefs, including Paul Bocuse, father of modern gastronomy and no less than the “chef of the century” according to Gault&Millau, also honorary president of the very first edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE. Nicknamed “the capital of French gastronomy ”, Lyon will serve up a taste of its savoir-faire and immense creativity via an array of pairings, encounters and exchanges between our guest chefs and our finest local culinary creators.
In addition to the two honorary co-presidents of the festival, Jérôme Bocuse, president of Bocuse Group, and Christophe Muller, chef of l’Auberge du Pont de Collonges, a dozen other Lyon chefs will be hosted by our Air France Finest Tables: Frédéric D’Ambrosio, Balthaz’art (hosted by David Pellizzari at Lili.Co); Olivier Delbergues, Table 101 (hosted by Ola Claesson at Saint-Gabriel); David Delsart, Terrasses de Lyon, (hosted by Gilles Tolen at La Société Bistro); Jérémy Galvan (hosted by Daniel Vézina at Laurie-Raphaël Restaurant-boutique); Julien Gautier, M Restaurant (hosted by Jean-Daniel Leberre and Julien Laporte at Petit Extra); Gaëtan Gentil, Prairial (hosted by Dany Bolduc at H4C Place St-Henri); Alain Le Cossec, Institut Bocuse (hosted by Mathias Théau from Restaurant de l’Institut); Bernard Leprince, development chef in Lyon (hosted by Christian Peillon at Alexandre et fils); Christian Lherm, Trois Dômes (Sofitel Lyon) (hosted by Olivier Perret from Renoir (Sofitel Montréal)); Floriant Remont, Potager des Halles (hosted at Graziella); Christian Têtedoie, Têtedoie, (hosted by Jérôme Ferrer at Europea); and Joseph Viola, Daniel & Denise (hosted by Jonathan Lapierre-Réhayem at Balmoral).
Délice Network, Good Food Cities Worldwide
For its 18th edition, the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE festival will welcome the largest-ever delegation of international chefs since its creation, with a cohort of chefs from the Délice network, an international network of 22 gourmet cities from 4 continents launched by Lyon in 2007. With its events, shared projects and working groups, Délice offers a platform enabling cities to share their experience and know-how… a mission that corresponds entirely with the mission of MEL, a festival focused on cultural exchanges, chef pairings and global gastronomy! Get ready for a plethora of incredible culinary encounters in Montreal this winter!
Fifteen chefs of the Délice network will join us to showcase their culinary arts: Søren Jakobsenet William Jørgensen (Aarhus, Denmark), at Cons Servent; Brad Carter (Birmingham, United Kingdom), at EVOO; Pascal Nibaudeau (Bordeaux, France), at Richmond Griffintown; Alexandre Dionisio (Brussels, Belgium), at La Chronique; Neil Jewell (Cape Winelands, South Africa), at Ikanos; a chef from Chicago at Tapas 24; Håkan Thörnström (Gothenburg, Sweden), at La Fabrique; Filip Langhoff (Helsinki, Finland), at Mousso; Kemal Demirasal (Izmir, Turkey), at Ikanos; Rafael Rodriguez (Lausanne, Switzerland), at État-Major; a chef from Madrid at Helena and Portus 360; Ruth Ruiz Diaz (Puebla, Mexico), at E.A.T.; Juris Dukalskis (Riga, Latvia), at Laloux; Kjartan Skjelde (Stavanger, Norway), at Chez Victoire; and Giovanni Grasso (Turin, Italy), at Graziella.
And add in the Free Spirits series, in which chefs from our Finest Tables create cheerful, convivial, unprecedented and uncommon thematic evenings that stand apart from the other series, the Brunches and lunches series and its mid-day activities, as well as the Time for drinks! and Happy Hour + series, featuring activities spotlighting wine and spirits. When public figures meet exquisite menus, expect a ton of wonderful surprises and discoveries! This year’s Planète Montréalseries welcomes Sylvain Cossette (Le Montréal), Jessica Harnois(Alexandre et fils) and Patrick Senécal (Au Petit Extra).
Honorary Co-Presidents Jérôme Bocuse and Christophe Muller’s Dinners and Brunch
presented by RBC
The Lyon bouchon. Join us for a genuine culinary voyage to Lyon!
Le Balmoral is transformed into a characteristic Lyon “bouchon”, inviting you on a delicious culinary voyage to the heart of these classic, historic Lyon restaurants, where the watchwords are hominess and generosity. Manning the stoves: chef Joseph Viola, Meilleur Ouvrier de France (M.O.F.), chef of Daniel & Denise and president of the Association des Bouchons Lyonnais, who will unveil the original, delectable dishes of this elemental gastronomic tradition. A wide selection of Beaujolais wines will be offered, with food/wine pairings suggested by our guest chef. From February 23 to March 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Lyonnaise soup by Joseph Viola
It’s a gigantic soup concocted by Joseph Viola and served free of charge on the outdoor site: the perfect opportunity to ward off the winter chill while discovering genuine Lyon gastronomy… A guaranteed crowd-pleaser! Saturday, February 25
Festival of Our Cheeses
The popular event returns for an 11th edition, inviting the public to come down and meet Quebec’s finest cheesemakers. They’ll be delighted to answer visitors’ questions, and discuss their creations and the regional distinctions that contribute to the special taste and character to each of their cheeses. Everyone can taste Quebecois “classics” and make surprising discoveries, all while sampling excellent wines and beers. Presented by Fromages d’ici. Complexe Desjardins’ Grande-Place, Thursday, February 23 to Saturday, February 25. Free admission.
A major success last year, the Mondial des cidres is back for 2017! Apple, pear, sparkling, syrup, ice or even fire… discover cider in all its forms. With 20 local artisanal cider producers, tasting sessions, theme evenings, contests, and gourmet stations. Complexe Desjardins’ Grande-Place, Friday, March 3 to Sunday, March 5 (program and information: montrealenlumiere.com).
Sensorial seminar— Quinoa, chia and amaranth: miracle grains?
A scientific and gustatory exploration of three exotic grains increasingly sought after by Québécois consumers: quinoa, chia and amaranth. What are the environmental, social and economic issues connected to their cultivation and, above all, their mass-scale exportation by seed-producing countries? Can they be cultivated in Canada? What is so special about their nutritional value? Do we really need them in our diet? And finally, how are they used in the kitchen? This sensorial seminar will be enhanced by a number of special tastings and experiments. With the participation of Gilles Tremblay, Marie-Josée Leblanc and Pasquale Vari, Wednesday, March 8, 6 p.m., Agora Hydro-Québec, Cœur des sciences building (UQAM).
Pay Your Age!—Treat yourselves during Winter Break week!
And why shouldn’t the kids plunge into the world of fine dining during Winter Break week? For a 2nd straight year, fine dining is available to everyone and every budget with a formula guaranteed to delight all: children, who can experience genuine gourmet food, and their parents, who only have to pay the child’s age. So whether you’re 6 years old ($6) or 16 ($16), there’s no reason to deny yourself gourmet dining! From Monday, March 6 to Saturday, March 11 (list of participating Finest Tables: montrealenlumiere.com)
La Tablée des Chefs: young apprentices enter the kitchens of the
Air France Finest Tables!
For the past 13 years, La Tablée des Chefs has assembled chefs and cooks to contribute to the battle against food insecurity. MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE renews its support for the cause, and offers young participants in the organization’s Brigades Culinaires program an experience in the kitchen with our chefs! For participating restaurants and special soirées, just look for the Tablée des Chefs logo in the Fine Dining program.
The Potluck: Montreal fine dining in real time
The PotluckMTL.com blog is back! PotluckMTL.com allows chefs, restaurateurs, festivagoers, bloggers and journalists to share content and discuss topics related to the festival, as well as Montreal fine dining in general. During preparations for MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE and throughout the event, Potluck also lets chefs and restaurateurs treat festival fans to exclusive behind-the-scenes info on their activities: photos, menus, recipes, etc. Best of all, Potluck aims to be a year-round blog; you’ll be able to follow (and participate in!) the gastronomy scene throughout the year, publish opinions, discoveries and suggestions, stay informed on the latest news and even find out last-minute changes and details on participating restaurants. In other words, it’s a perfectly accessible, welcoming, communal platform—like the festival itself!
Reservations are now being taken for the festival’s Air France Finest Tables
Our festival’s fifty Air France Finest Tables await you with hundreds of gourmet and wine offerings, and activities for every taste and budget. To draw up your own gourmet itinerary from our program, just visit montrealenlumiere.com (Fine Dining tab). Make your reservations now with the festival’s Air France Finest Tables: Alexandre et Fils, Au Petit Extra, Bistro Beaver Hall, Bistro Laurentien La Coupole, Bistro Lustucru, Brasserie T!, Chez Chose, Chez Victoire, Ê.A.T. (être avec toi), État-Major, Europea, EVOO, Graziella, H4C-Place St-Henri, Hambar, Helena, Ikanos, Jatoba, Kitchen Galerie, La Chronique, La Fabrique, La Société Bistro, Laloux, Laurie Raphaël-Restaurant boutique, Le Balmoral, Le Margaux, Le Montréal, Le Mousso, Le Quartier général, Le Restaurant de l’Institut, Le Richmond Griffintown, Le Saint-Gabriel, Le Valois, Les 400 Coups, Les Cons Servent, Lili Co, Maison Boulud, Mercuri, Portus 360, Renoir, Restaurant Christophe, Tapas 24, Toqué! and Vertige.
We remind you that our Finest Tables greatly appreciate it when diners honour their reservations.
MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE Culinary Tours
Flavours and aromas of Old Montreal: discover the culinary, cultural and historical charms of Montréal’s oldest neighbourhood. February 25, March 4 and March 11 from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
The Main on a plate: 375 years of history, food and immigration: a trip through time that crosses through Chinese, Jewish and Portuguese neighbourhoods from Mile-End to Little Italy. February 26 and March 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Get all the info on MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE
The free official program with all the info on the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE gastronomy and arts programs is available from all Renaud-Bray outlets in greater Montreal, participating venues and theatres, CD stores, Infotourist Centres, restaurants of the festival’s Finest Tables, and from most Montreal cultural sites.
The free outdoor site program will be unveiled on January 31; the Nuit blanche à Montréal program will be announced on February 7.
About the Society for the Celebrations of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary
The Society for the Celebrations of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary is a non-profit organization whose mission is to organize the festivities and socioeconomic initiatives that will mark Montreal’s 375th birthday in 2017. With a focus on promoting Montreal expertise, it acts as a catalyst for an assemblage of initiatives to fulfill its mandate: mobilize the community, implement a funding strategy, manage public funding wisely, develop an exceptional program of events and promote the festivities.
The Society receives financial support from the Ville de Montréal and the Government of Québec, as well as private funding from 11 Great Montrealers. For more information: 375mtl.com
To learn more about the Government of Québec’s contribution to Montréal’s 375th anniversary celebrations: mamot.gouv.qc.ca/375e-anniversaire-de-montreal/a-propos
The 18th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE will run from February 23 to March 11, 2017