It’s Pied de Cochon time again- cabane a sucre apple season: the-over-the-top seasonal gastronomic extravaganza from the brain of Martin Picard and his team; and, this year does not disappoint. This time we have a twist on the apple season. Although apples are featured in the menu, we have an emphasis on vegetables as well and the bounty of the harvest that the summer has brought us. You can see it from the items in the food to the bright red colours the staff is wearing – you see that summer is upon us. Now, don’t be afraid that just because we said vegetables, there is still loads of meat and foie gras, I mean, this is Pied de Cochon, after all, so you are guaranteed to have a copious meal filled with meat and foie gras. With all things involving the creative direction of chefs and in order for things to remain fresh and up to date they will keep changing the menu. What we saw today will be what others will see this season but ingredients and items might change as we get feedback and other seasonal items become available. Remember this spans from August 15 to November 1st so we cover summer and fall. (more…)
This year, winter came early and we got snow – cold, heavy, depressing snow. The kind that makes you wake up an hour early to shovel your car or to make you wish you had snow shoes to make it to your bus stop because the sidewalk disappeared.
So, during this season the food Gods have shone on us and offered us two very rare treats. Brunch at Ice house and at Pied de Cochon – two locations that traditionally do not do brunch. Now, both of these are for a limited time so do check them out soon or else it will be too late.
Guess what time it is? That’s right, it’s the Pied de Cochon Apple cabane à sucre season. That magical time when you get to eat the apple and foie gras inspirations that Chef Martin Picard and the Pied de Cochon team have prepared.
But first, here’s a little background on this magical event for all those who are not familiar with it. The Pied de Cochon restaurant has a cabane à sucre up at 11382 Rang de la Fresnière in St-Benoît de Mirabel (or if your GPS gives you attitude like mine, just Mirabel). Twice a year they have 2 seasons of what can best be described as food orgies. The fall seasons focuses on apples as the inspirational menu items and the winter one focuses on maple syrup. This current season is from the 23rd of August until the 27th of October and reservations for this had to be done well in advanced. In this case it was April 1st so you really need to keep an eye peeled for the invites. (more…)
Every year we look forward to one event and that is the Pied de cochon Cabane a Sucre. Getting a reservation here takes patience, luck and divine intervention on behalf of the food gods. Now to be clear, I still haven’t gotten my call back from them but, thankfully, my friend did and got the first date so he offered me a spot. For this, I am eternally grateful. The dinner menu is the same as the daytime menu so, with a liberal interpretation, I am adding this to my brunch reviews. (more…)
So, the big news this year is that Pied De Cochon Cabane à Sucre started offering an apple-themed session similar to their regular cabane à sucre extravaganza. There is no secret that we at Montreal Breakfast Review adore these special events and although it may not be traditional brunch we made sure to go during an acceptable brunch hour on a Saturday and dubbed it brunch. Finally, with a small army of hungry friends, some coming all the way from Toronto and New York, we descended upon the Pied de Cochon Cabane for a feast of epic proportions.