THE MEDIA — Jérôme Ferrer, the chef and founder of downtown restaurant Europea, has a new project on his mind — he has launched a magazine. With his name first and foremost it’s named Ferrer: Découvertes et Confidences and will focus on a mix of stories about culinary travel experiences and profiles of prominent restaurant world figures. Ferrer seems to have quite the printing budget, with the magazine available at some 3,500 places around Quebec (“and also available in 8,000 waiting rooms”, touts the press release). It’s the latest in a very long list of projects from the Quebec-famous chef — in just a few years, he has tried his hand at all manner of food-related projects, from launching his own meal box project, to creating a rockabilly snack bar chain, to a food truck, to cookbooks (with varying degrees of success). Oh, and if you eat at Europea, you’ll be given a free copy, like it or not.
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This was me, a couple months ago, opening the very first printed edition of The Noma Guide to Fermentation. Today, as the book goes on sale, thousands of people around the world will get to do the same. Writing this huge and important volume with Rene has been a crazy ride over the past two years. I’m so happy for it to finally be out in the world! Enjoy it everyone!
WESTMOUNT — The head of fermentation at René Redzepi’s famed Copenhagen restaurant Noma is headed to Montreal — David Zilber (who is Canadian and a one-timer Montrealer, having worked at XO Le Restaurant several years ago) will be touring his book, The Noma Guide to Fermentation and will do a Q&A at Appetite for Books on Victoria Avenue this Saturday (October 27) at 2 p.m.
MILE END — In other notable visits, St-Laurent restaurant Fieldstone is hosting a November 3 dinner with special guests — chef Chanthy Yen will team up with Desiree Valencia (who comes with experience at three Michelin-starred San Francisco restaurant Saison) and Andres Giraldo Florez (with experience at Saison, New York’s WD-50, and Mugaritz in Spain) The trio will cook a six-course dinner for $75.
DOWNTOWN — Prominent nightlife figure John Vago has died at the age of 94 — Vago was instrumental in making Crescent Street into a nightlife destination, most notably with the Sir Winston Churchill pub and bar Winnie’s, as well as now-closed venues like Carmen’s and Oliver’s.
CÔTE-DES-NEIGES — The owner of now-closed Queen Mary Road diner Blanche Neige has been ordered to pay out $52,000 to a former server. Per the Journal de Montréal, a judge from Quebec’s Administrative Labour Tribunal ordered Nick Triados to pay damages for psychological harassment, after he turned on a server after allegedly attempting to grope her — including banning the server from greeting customers as punishment.
FOOD MEDIA — Beloved Quebec chef Ricardo has a new cookbook out, focused entirely on vegetables — named Plus de Légumes, it’s available now.
- John Vago [Mount Royal Commemorative Services]
- Harcelée par son patron, une serveuse obtient 52 000$ [Journal de Montréal]