I am so excited to finally be able to reveal SAISONS, a new project that I’ve been working on for the past few months in collaboration with Janice and with John‘s precious input.
SAISONS is a collection of curated gatherings staged in unique surroundings and headlining Montreal-based chefs working with seasonal and regional ingredients with the express mission of promoting our distinctive Quebec cuisine.
For this first edition of SAISONS, we are happy to be welcoming chef John Winter Russell as our first guest chef. John is a true lover of Quebec native wild plants and mushrooms and adamant about using local and seasonal ingredients exclusively. The five-course fall harvest menu John has created in partnership with Birri Brothers and Gaspésie Sauvage is the last pop up this “prince of pop ups” will be participating in before the opening of his much anticipated restaurant Candide.
HOW DOES SAISONS WORK?
Simple! Each season, a chef is invited to explore his favourite ingredients through his cooking. Each event’s multi-course menu will highlight what’s in season in and around Québec at that time of year and feature foraged ingredients, along with unique products from local producers and growers.
You bring the wine, and we’ll take care of the rest!
The concept is simple. You purchase your ticket in advance, which reserves your seat(s) at the SAISONS dinner table. A couple of weeks before the event, we will email you a flavour profile for one of the dishes on the menu so that you can shop for a fabulous wine to pair with that dish. The day of the dinner, bring your bottle of wine to share with the other guests, and when your dish is being served, you will be asked to describe and present your wine to the other guests attending so that they can understand the pairing. Fun? Oh yes! Our aim is to surprise, teach and inspire our guests with great food and a few surprises.
WHAT MAKES SAISONS DIFFERENT?
SAISONS’ focus will be to highlight chefs and purveyors who work relentlessly to shine a spotlight on our unique made-in-Quebec products and ingredients. In addition, the SAISONS events will always be intimate gatherings set in unusual locations and unforgettable settings.
Read more about the SAISONS events on the website.
Buy your ticket for the first edition of SAISONS here.
Seating is limited to 12 guests per dinner and the location will be revealed a few days before the event.