Culinary agency to tout Montreal as an international gastronomic destination



The $ 1 million initiative aims to showcase local food producers, chefs and catering establishments hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Content of the article

The hard-hit restaurant industry in Montreal is given a boost from the city with the creation of an agency to promote the culinary arts.


Content of the article

“Gastronomy (the art of preparing and serving fine cuisine) is in our DNA”, declared Mayor Valérie Plante during a press conference with Liza Frulla, director of the Institute of Tourism and hôtellerie du Québec, the largest hotel school in Canada.

“The Office montréalais de la gastronomie, which we are announcing, aims to make Montreal the gastronomic capital of North America,” she said, announcing the $ 1 million investment.

The project, in partnership with Tourisme Montréal, aims to showcase local food producers, chefs and restaurants and raise the city’s profile as an international destination for foodies, said Plante.

It’s part of Montreal’s $ 25 million economic stimulus plan in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The city and the province of Quebec have already injected $ 5 million into the restaurant industry as part of the Downtown Recovery Plan, she noted.


Content of the article

“The million dollars that we are adding today complements the funding announced last April to support this sector essential to the vitality of the city and which has been one of the most affected by the pandemic and health measures”, she declared.

The new agency will promote local chefs, artisans and producers internationally, foster relationships between niche producers and restaurants, foster the training of the next generation of hospitality industry professionals and help the industry to adopt new technologies.

Ensemble Montreal’s opposition called the initiative “nothing more than a campaign announcement,” saying it will not solve the problems facing the restaurant industry.

City council later met for the first time in two months, as the battle for the November 7 municipal elections intensified.


Content of the article

Plante traded pikes with members of the opposition over Will Prosper, his mayoral candidate for the Montreal-North borough.

Lionel Perez, the former acting chief of Ensemble Montreal, asked why Plante kept Prosper on his team after revelations last week that the community organizer and filmmaker had resigned from the RCMP 20 years ago on suspicion of ” leaking information about a criminal investigation to members. of a street gang.

Plante retorted that the leader of Ensemble Montreal and former mayor Denis Coderre himself had been investigated by the RCMP and UPAC, the anti-corruption squad of Quebec, but that was not the case. had not prevented a political comeback.

“I believe in giving a second chance to someone who has paid for their actions,” she said.

“If it’s good for Denis Coderre, why isn’t it good for Will Prosper? she asked, sparking the fury of the opposition.

[email protected]

  1. Requiring vaccine passports for employees would have been problematic for an industry facing a labor shortage, says Martin Vézina, spokesperson for the Association Restauration Québec.

    Some Montreal Bar Owners Say COVID-19 Vaccine Passport “Will Do Us More Harm”

  2. Project Montreal leader and outgoing Montreal mayor Valérie Plante presented what she called

    Projet Montréal will present eight candidates for the first time in municipal elections



Postmedia is committed to maintaining a lively but civil discussion forum and encourages all readers to share their views on our articles. Comments may take up to an hour of moderation before appearing on the site. We ask that you keep your comments relevant and respectful. We have enabled email notifications. You will now receive an email if you receive a reply to your comment, if there is an update to a comment thread that you follow, or if a user that you follow comments. Check out our community guidelines for more information and details on how to adjust your email settings.


Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.