As we close the book on 2013 and wrap up all Year in Eater coverage, follow along as we cherry-pick some of the most moveable tweets from the past 12 months in Montreal food. The social media platform gave us some epic local scoops and made us laugh, cry, quiver with rage, salivate and, yes, think.
From the hashtag meme par excellence to street food, the Chefs For Seals controversy to the quotable Bourdain, this is a snapshot of the year that was, Twitter-style.
The Office québécois de la langue française chides the management of Buonanotte for the use of "pasta", "antipasti" and "calamari" on the restaurant's menu. The result is total mayhem.
Bourdain and Montreal Redux
Anthony Bourdain was all over Montreal - once more - in 2013. CNN Parts Unknown Quebec episode, a Guts and Glory tour stop at Place des Arts with Dave McMillan and Fred Morin, The Taste - also with the Joe Beef duo - and so on. The Kitchen Confidential author even wore a Habs lid on a hunt with Daniel Boulud.
Oh, Canada !!! pic.twitter.com/ZDrB5fng— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) February 19, 2013
Bourdain: Montrealers "tough, crazy bastards" http://t.co/BCcmp1KNPD— CTV Montreal (@CTVMontreal) May 6, 2013
Chefs For Seals
When the likes of Bourdain and chefs in Montreal and across the country got wind that a brigade of Food & Wine 'Best New Chefs' had joined a Humane Society and Nigel Barker-led pledge to ban Canada's seafood industry over the commercial seal hunt, shit hit the fan.
A year ago, @fandw contacted me about potentially doing a PEI oyster story/tour. Now this? Brutal hypocrisy.— John Bil (@shiptoshorepei) October 28, 2013
Love u @hseanbrock . You stay in my home anytime. Come north now.— David McMillan (@joebeef) October 31, 2013
Banning a fishery because of a hunt is like banning baseball because of head shots in hockey.— Derek Dammann (@maisonpublique) October 29, 2013
im going to boycott bitters in protest of earthquakes.— fred morin (@fredmadeit) October 29, 2013
Nothing wrong to hunt seal ; 10 seals provide ; food, fuel, shelter & clothes for 6 months for a family of 5 Their dignity b4 your opinion.— Société-Orignal (@societeorignal) October 29, 2013
2013 saw a decent run of star chef, sommelier, wine producer and food personality visits to the city. To wit:
Je suis très émerveillé des sommeliers que je rencontre à Montréal : chez Jérôme Ferrer, Normand Laprise, Bouillon Bilk...— Herve This (@Herve_This) November 27, 2013
Gagnaire et Herve this ce soir a Maison Boulud!!! pic.twitter.com/MM9Lc6Wutd— riccardo bertolino (@chefriccardombm) November 24, 2013
I'm in Montreal and i just learn Lou Reed died. I want to cry— massimobottura (@massimobottura) October 27, 2013
From a burlesque cum aphrodisiac "concept" restaurant to two rare zero star reviews from Lesley Chesterman, 2013 was a banner year for shitshows (and this is exclusive of #Pastagate). And as usual, publicists and food bloggers were in the mix.
éxito de nuestro menú en montreal...pero el presidente de montreal L. antes de comenzar me mando decir q mi comida insultaba a sus invitados— francis mallmann (@Francisjmallman) February 23, 2013
Open what, one day? Ugh. Tragic. pic.twitter.com/cvsnhC6vkX— Lesley Chesterman (@lesleychestrman) September 9, 2013
Sometimes, eating out isn't sexy at all http://t.co/sV5q0IH2lY— CultMTL (@CultMTL) October 4, 2013
This week's restaurant: La Société Bistro. My first no-star review in a decade. http://t.co/cH5MAPJ0Cr— Lesley Chesterman (@lesleychestrman) September 13, 2013
Le meilleur brunch de Montréal au restaurant La Société http://t.co/oC1efAhxKI— Samy Rabbat (@samyrabbat) September 21, 2013
Not my favourite way to start the day, but here goes: This week's review, Icône. No stars. http://t.co/W5GrjGADqW— Lesley Chesterman (@lesleychestrman) October 11, 2013
Zero star reviews: Harsh? Sure, but a critic is paid to deliver a versed opinion, not indifference. Sitting on the fence is for the birds.— Foodie Date Night (@FoodieDateNight) October 11, 2013
@cathmaison in fact, it is the PR people who are organizing these ridiculous launch parties to get bloggers in to give free publicity. 2/2— Lesley Chesterman (@lesleychestrman) October 12, 2013
For many, the story of the year in Montreal food was the return - after a crazy-long hiatus - of street food.
Here's how the city might ruin street food: http://t.co/W6OvuDhXEU— CultMTL (@CultMTL) April 15, 2013
A selection of random tweets that caught our attention over the last year. By no means an exhaustive list - but enjoy nonetheless.
Merci à tous de votre appui! Suis très touchée. Maintenant c'est le repos des guerriers, accompagnée de mon complice, avant le retour.— Véronique Rivest (@veroniquerivest) March 31, 2013
The deepest gratitude to all who have visited us so far, and for all the kind words offered. It means a lot. Thank you.— Boucherie Lawrence (@BoucherLawrence) June 12, 2013
Finally ! Paper is off! Come visit! @ Hof Kelsten 4524 st laurent http://t.co/TYFULEsF9e— Jeffrey Finkelstein (@Hofkelsten) October 4, 2013
I'm living some priceless moments! pic.twitter.com/XEorBx4g5j— Antonio Park (@ChefAntonioPark) July 23, 2013
Moose Jaw bone for marrow Canoe wild dinner. http://t.co/t8CYZdaO93— Derek Dammann (@maisonpublique) November 16, 2013
Gettin ready for 5 th year anniversary pic.twitter.com/G05U4izFhp— M A ROYAL (@LeStUrbain) September 17, 2013
@ruthreichl: sad to see how little these "gods" champion sustainable food practices, flying around the world for their "local" symposiums.— Emma Cardarelli (@nonnanora) November 7, 2013
On profite de notre petit paradis à St-Roch pic.twitter.com/EWupeEp1ZD— Nancy Hinton (@soupnancy) July 22, 2013
On reçoit près de 10 000 demandes de réservations. As-tu une idée de l'ampleur du travail que ça demande. @CharlesDurivage— Martin Picard (@CabanePDC) March 19, 2013
Non Pierre. @Pierre_Toronto— Martin Picard (@CabanePDC) December 7, 2013
View from my table at dinner tonight. pic.twitter.com/rSQ7ejqpZp— Lesley Chesterman (@lesleychestrman) July 5, 2013
Twitter silence an excellent sign. If you're truly ballin' then perhaps there's no need to tweet.— Dominic Allnutt (@VinnovationCEO) November 5, 2013
14 ans déjà, mon Charlot. Merci pour cette magnifique aventure et bon voyage :-) pic.twitter.com/Ck3a0QMmpD— Normand Laprise (@n_laprise) December 21, 2013
Eater launching 3 sites in Canada today. Will Canadian politeness prevail in the comments sections? What would that even look like?— Pete Wells (@pete_wells) October 2, 2013
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