Gastronomy Adventures at SIAL
Because of prior commitments to a non-profit association I volunteer at, I was unable to be in Victoria to welcome Epicure’s Founding Leaders and Leadership Team at the Executive Director Summit where Leaders were hard at work training and preparing for our National Conference (also in Victoria, August 8–11). Not wanting to miss connecting with our wonderful Epicure Leaders, I invited them to join me at SIAL (Salon International de l’Alimentation) for a fun foodie weekend in Montreal a few weeks ago!
Everyone arrived safely, though we missed National Director Jacqueline McGrath who was visiting Budapest with her son on a special mom/son vacation after a very successful university year.
It was wonderful to reconnect with these wonderful business women around a shared passion! Besides great company, we enjoyed a restaurant tour: Rotisserie St-Hubert; Au pied de Cochon, a Montreal steakhouse institution; and the Cirque du Soleil headquarters and training facilities including their state-of-the-art kitchens (we enjoyed lunch while watching a rehearsal).
The first night, we enjoyed dinner at Europea, which is for many a gourmet critic the best restaurant in Montreal and quintessential French gastronomy where cuisine becomes art.
Our last night was spent at one of my favourite Montreal spots: Ferreira. It is reputed to be the best Portuguese restaurant outside Portugal. I thought Portuguese fare was fitting in honour of our Epicure Leaders… the great explorations by Vasco da Gama were launched from Portugal opening the spice route, and our Epicure Founding Leaders and Leadership Team with their dedication and hard work continue to ensure our success in the spice world.
Here are some photos of our foodie adventure at SIAL: