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.
SAISONS is a collection of curated gatherings staged in unique surroundings and headlining
The SAISONS dinners are intimate seasonal events staged in unique locations. 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.
Seating is always very limited (20 guests per dinner) and the location will be revealed a few days before the event.
- ALEXANDRE GOSSELINSOLSTICE FEAST > March 19, 2018 / 7 P.M.
We’re celebrating the last days of winter with a 6-course solstice feast created by chef Alexandre Gosselin of Plateau restaurant Chez Victoire. Chef Gosselin will take SAISONS attendees on a celebration of Quebec’s seasonal winter ingredients and highlighting the art of eating local and seasonal despite our frosty temperatures. Tickets will be on sale soon!
- JENS RUOFFHARVEST CELEBRATION > October 2, 2017 / 7 P.M.
We are celebrating our 2017 Fall Harvest SAISONS with talented chef Jens Ruoff who is the chef and co-owner of the popular Le Butterblume in Montreal’s Mile End. Jens will be taking guests on a 6-course culinary journey highlighting Quebec’s fall harvest.
- PATRICE DEMERSODE TO SUMMER > August 21, 2017 / 7 P.M.
For this summer’s SAISONS dinner, we welcome talented pastry chef Patrice Demers, who will delight guests with a 6-course menu featuring Quebec’s beautiful summer products. The desserts will certainly be magnificent but this will also be an opportunity to discover Patrice’s savoury side!
- MARINA DE FIGUEIREDOSPRING AWAKENING > May 15, 2017 / 7 P.M.
For our spring 2017 SAISONS, we welcome guest chef Marina De Figueiredo, the talented sous chef at restaurant Candide. Having honed her skills at some of Montreal’s best restaurants, Marina is passionate about regional and seasonal products and highlighting Quebec purveyors and will take guests on a discovery of the province’s best ingredients for this SAISONS spring 2017 edition.
- SETH GABRIELSEWINTERTIME MAGIC > February 22, 2017 / 7 P.M.
We are celebrating our first 2017 SAISONS with chef Seth Gabrielse. Having honed his skills at some of Montreal’s best restaurants including Laloux and FoodLab, Seth is the co-owner of Automne Boulangerie since this past fall. He will be taking guests on a discovery of Quebec’s best winter ingredients for this first SAISONS edition of 2017. There’s very limited seating so get your ticket now!
- GUILLAUME CANTINFALL COLOURS & 1st SAISONS ANNIVERSARY! > September 26, 2016 / 7 P.M.
We will be celebrating our first SAISONS anniversary this coming fall with chef Guillaume Cantin (formerly of les 400 coups)! His passion for local products and Quebec’s traditional cuisine is undeniable. He will be taking advantage of peak harvest season to create a colourful and flavourful menu for our second fall SAISONS.
- COLIN PERRYSUMMER LOVE > August 29, 2016 / 7 P.M.
Chef Colin Perry of Dinette Triple Crown will be presiding over the menu of our SAISONS summer edition August 29th, 2016. He will be taking guests on a summer voyage to his southern roots while celebrating Quebec’s beautiful summer inredients.
- MARC-ALEXANDRE MERCIERSPRING RENEWAL > May 9, 2016 / 7 P.M.
The third edition of SAISONS will celebrate spring renewal with chef Marc-Alexandre Mercier of the much lauded Hotel Herman restaurant where he never tires of exploring Quebec’s bounty by highlighting the province’s wonderful ingredients through his delicate dishes.
- JONATHAN LAPIERRE-REHAYEMWINTER WONDER > February 8, 2016 / 7 P.M.
Chef Jonathan Lapierre-Réhayem has been creating outstanding dishes at Laloux–one of Montreal’s most prestigious French restaurants–since 2011.
He will be taking guests of this second edition of SAISONS on a discovery of Quebec’s winter ingredients and highlighting his philosophy of eating local and seasonal despite our frosty temperatures. Tickets are on sale now!
- JOHN WINTER RUSSELLFALL HARVEST > October 5th, 2015 / 7 P.M.
The five-course menu John has created for this first SAISONS event will be the last pop up this “prince of pop ups” will be participating in before his highly anticipated new restaurant Candide opens this fall.
The SAISONS ATELIERS are intimate workshops created to inspire. Each ATELIERS features a local artisan who has honed a unique skill with passion and love. Whether it’s making bread, tasting Canadian wines or learning about local mushrooms, our attendees are invited to roll up their sleeves and join us, but not before snacking on a few bites and sampling a drink or two.
The concept is simple. You purchase your ticket(s) in advance, which reserves your seat(s) at the next edition of SAISONS ATELIERS. You must be quick though since seating is always very limited (20 guests per ATELIERS). Sign up to our newsletter if you’d like to stay updated on the next ATELIERS and the ticket sales.
- ANITA FENGDUMPLINGS! > March 1st, 2018 / 6 P.M.
Roll up your sleeves and join us in learning how to make the best dumplings this side of Hong Kong with chef Anita Feng, of the much beloved (but now shuttered) restaurant Trilogie!
Anita will be sharing her dumpling recipe and teaching participants how to make them in this exclusive hands-on ATELIERS.
- AUTOMNE BOULANGERIEBAGUETTES! > April 9th, 2018 / 6 P.M.
Join us in learning all about making baguettes at Boulangerie Automne with award-winning bread baker Julien Roy. Attendees will learn all about making baguettes and will roll their own (it’s not as easy as it sounds!), bake it and then take it home.
Tickets will be on sale soon!
Many thanks to our partners and purveyors who work relentlessly to shine a spotlight on our unique local products.
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I am a food and travel writer and blogger based in Montreal. My blog, Will Travel for Food, was a finalist in the Saveur Magazine Blog Awards in the Culinary Travel category in 2014 and 2015. I’ve organized several food photography and food styling events in the past, as well as a special book signing event in Montreal by the Eleven Madison Park team.
I founded SAISONS for the same reasons I founded my blog: to be able to share my enthusiasm for food and those who transform Quebec’s incredible ingredients into delectable dishes. I am lucky enough to know and work with many of the food industry’s players and I wanted to create intimate dinners where SAISONS diners would have the opportunity to rub shoulders with some of our province’s most brilliant chefs. My favourite part of the dinners is observing the newly forged friendships at the end of the evening when the SAISONS effect kicks in and everybody seems to be under the spell of this magical, intangible ingredient.
Favourite thing to make: dessert, any dessert
Favourite things to eat in Montreal: Patrice Pâtissier’s maple financier, Restaurant Gus’ Caesar salad, Olive & Gourmando’s Egg on your face sandwich, coffee, etc.
Photo © Marie-France Coallier
I am a chemist-turned-baker, born and raised in Montreal. I defended my PhD thesis in Chemistry in 2010, and then I went to Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa because I really just wanted to bake cake after all that. I love to dissect baking recipes to figure out what makes them tick. I work as a recipe developer and I also write about the science of cooking. My blog is Kitchen Heals Soul, a baking blog with a nerdy twist.
Collaborating with Mayssam on SAISONS provides me with the opportunity to work on a project that is completely different from my day-to-day work. SAISONS gives some of Montreal’s most talented chefs a place to express their creativity, while highlighting their favourite local ingredients, growers, and small-batch producers, sharing them with a small group of passionate eaters. I love the challenge of transforming a space that is nothing like a traditional dining room into an intimate pop-up restaurant serving 5 to 6 course menus.
Favourite thing to make: layer cakes
Favourite things to eat in Montreal: Patrice Pâtissier’s maple financier, Kem Coba’s soft serve ice cream, Pâtisserie Rhubarbe’s lemon tart, any sandwich from Boucherie Lawrence, coffee from Lili & Oli, and many more. Too many to list here!
Photo © Emilie Iggiotti