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Win 2 Tickets to the McGill Food Science 25th Anniversary Symposium with Molecular Gastronomists Hervé This and Maxime Bilet

Posted by Amie / April 9, 2012

food-science-symposium-molecular-gastronomy-herve-this-mcgillThis Sunday, molecular gastronomy founder Hervé This, Modernist Cuisine co-author Maxime Bilet (the 6 volume, $500 book set), and McGill Science and Society Professor Joe Schwarcz will be speaking at McGill's Food Studies 25th Anniversary Symposium at the MacDonald campus. It's free for McGill students, but for all others it's $20. Unless you win yourself some tickets.

For a pair of tickets to the presentation, which will include some kind of fantastic experiment from This and a reception, leave a comment naming the best restaurant meal you've ever had in Montreal, whether or not that involved a molecular gastronomy technique. Extra points for those involving cooking sous-vide, seaweed-based gels, foams, spherification, and centrifuges, though.

Reverse baked Alaska? Does anywhere use a centrifuge for ice cream? Boy I wish I had a centrifuge. I'd make so much pea butter. There are mini-molucular gastronomy science kits, but they're probably not safe for children like me. And ordering chemicals by mail is creepy, whether or not they come with an instructional recipe DVD.

(My favourite molecular gastronomy blog: Jet City Gastrophysics)

There are 4 pairs of tickets to win, so start remembering your favourite meals! Winners will be announced on Friday, so leave your comment by 11:59pm Thursday night to enter. You can also tune in to CKUT 90.3FM from 7am-9am this Friday, April 13th if you don't win here. They'll be giving some tickets away live on the Friday Morning After show. An auspicious day for a ticket give-away. Do you feel lucky?

What: McGill Food Studies 25th Anniversary Symposium
When: Sunday, April 15, 2012, 2:30pm (sympoisum from 2:30-5, followed by a reception)
Where: Ballroom, Centennial Centre, McGill Macdonald Campus, 21111 Lakeshore Road, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue
How to win: Leave a comment stating the best restaurant/dish you've ever had in Montreal

Discussion

24 Comments

Samuel D. / April 9, 2012 at 09:37 am
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I have to say Au pied de cochon. It was not the most refined but it's still vivid in my mind.
Greg / April 9, 2012 at 01:26 pm
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I don't have a lot of experience with molecular gastronomy, which is one reason I'd *love* to win the contest. I think my only time trying it in Montréal was at Fibo.

Pick the best restaurant meal ever? So hard! One recent one that was quite memorable was the all-black-truffle menu at Brasserie T during the Festival en Lumière.
Élaine / April 9, 2012 at 04:57 pm
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Avesta (turkish restaurant on ste-Catherine/st-Marc) is really among the nicest places I've had dinner!
You totally feel at home as soon as you enter!
The grand mother is baking flat bread on the traditional oven (you can see her from the outside of the restaurant) and she'll be happy to show you how she bakes!
The waiters are certainly members of the family and friend who know the food because it's their culture.
I tried a Gozlem filled with spinach and it was so fresh, really tasty! Freshly baked in front of us!
Perfect choice and amount of spices to season it, and a nice salad came with
You can order the traditional Raki as a refreshing drink to go along your dish or mezzes
And they offer a great variety of traditional baklavas and sweet mint tea for dessert
The price is very affordable!!
Charlyne Lefebvre-Paillé / April 10, 2012 at 05:15 am
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My best meal ever eaten in Montreal was at Le Comptoir Charcuterie.

A set of 4 dishes for two persons, including a delicious short ribs, blue cheese and mushrooms pasta, roasted cauliflower on anchovy puree and my favorite part : A white chocolate cake with pistachio foam, delicious !
Sofia / April 10, 2012 at 08:37 am
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My best meal was at Laurie Raphel for a 7 course with wine. Everything was amazing and the most interesting dish was sea urchin with a sea water mousse! Their light and delicate maple cotton candy was really good too.
Nat / April 10, 2012 at 03:07 pm
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I am always broke so I don't get to go to expensive restaurants so often.
But for really cheap price you can still enjoy lots of goodies here in Montreal.

Hmm, it's hard to pick a favorite restaurant but I truly adore La Maison du Nord.
Their famous pork sandwich is to die for.
And they have kinds of noodles I've never seen at other Chinese restaurants, it's pretty special...
Also you don't get to eat so much intestines outside this place.


Munch / April 10, 2012 at 04:10 pm
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La Porte - doesn't get mentioned enough on lists like these. All the 'emulsions' brought something to the dishes and ... wow, the presentation: a true feast for the eyes.

Europea - truly fantastic and creative variations on some tried and true dishes. The Ravioli in particular. Reminds me of Robuchon in style.

I haven't been to both of these establishments in the last years, but I can still taste and visualize the dishes (unlike Toque?).

Munch / April 10, 2012 at 04:18 pm
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Oops, since we're talking about molecular gastronomy, I should probably mention 400 coups - where pastry chef Patrice Demers works, as he mentioned that he was inspired by the Modernist books to create a grapefruit sorbet that has better consistency (closer to ice cream?).
Memorable and *my* best dessert in Montreal: his Litchi Granite (yes, over his classic Pot-de-Creme).

mrklips / April 10, 2012 at 09:49 pm
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If your going molecular. Apollo does the job very well. MTL is still growing in the molecular world.Fibo is classical experimental. otherwise DNA actually is good. they have $ for expensive equipment which = good food....... and to add a comment PLEASE realize that atmosphere of a restaurant might make your evening more enjoyable but it DOES NOT make your FOOD taste better. ( this is for Charlyne Lefebvre-Paillé). their food is good at the place u mentioned, but not the best. lets be honest with our city. i still eat there often.
paras2 / April 11, 2012 at 11:29 am
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due to my miserable budget I have not yet been able to try molecular gastronomy although I have experienced it many times in my dreams and have watched people enjoying it time and again on you tube.

I am a performance artist with a focus on food and experience marketing THE GASTRONOMIC DRAMA.

The best meal I ever got close to almost tasting in Montreal was at the LA MONTEE DU LAIT while I was working in the kitchen as a dishwasher.

It was marinated Mackerel fillet with side of grilled watermelon, celery and basil. The dish looked absolutely magical and the taste was just out of this world.
And I have to mention the wild strawberry and ginger ice-cream which followed.
Naomi DuVall / April 11, 2012 at 06:57 pm
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My favorite restaurant meal was at au pied de cochon sugar shack. I had a baked alaska but it wasn't reversed.
Zoe / April 12, 2012 at 09:14 am
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Best dish? Delectable on a molecular level, for sure: La Llanera at Arepera!

It's a Venezuelan corn bun stuffed with pulled pork and avocado and feta cheese. And it comes with saucy green mayo sauce. The corn bun is grilled on a magic press and has little black ridges of crunchy noms and the pork is soaked in ambrosia. The avocado is, alas, an avocado in North America, but it is nowhere near the mealy blah that normally passes.

GO THERE AND EAT THIS SANDWICH!
Rhonda / April 12, 2012 at 12:00 pm
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The best meal I every had was pretty much every dish on the menu at Fatty 'Que in WIlliamsburgh, Brooklyn. It's a Malaysian-inspired American BBQ joint from the Fatty Crab family where I did my culinary internship.

One dinner service, for 3 hours I stood at the pass, while the expediter ordered dish after dish for me to sample including, but not limited to...

-Isaan-style duck laab with galangal, ginger, sawtooth coriander, and lettuce leaves.
-Heritage pork ribs with indonesian long pepper, fish sauce, and palm sugar
- Deep-Fried ‘cue coriander bacon, and sweet & spicy salsa verde
-Smoked lamb shoulder with house made pita, and spiced goat yogurt
-Smoked Brandt beef brisket with aged gouda, roasted mushrooms, charred onions & chilies, server with soft rolls.
-Buttermilk fried 1/2 rabbit with cincalok marinade, and green chili-lemon shaker

Definitely the best meal of my life... even better because it was free ;)
Samuel Gauthier / April 12, 2012 at 08:17 pm
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The best meal I ever had in Montreal is la poutine au foie gras at Au pied de cochon! All those years I thought La Banquise was making the best poutine but Au pied de cochon suddenly proved me wrong!
Amie replying to a comment from Samuel Gauthier / April 13, 2012 at 09:35 am
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Congrats, you win! Please email me at amie@midnightpoutine.ca with your full name and name of guest (or just indicate +1) to have your name placed on the guest list for the event.
Amie replying to a comment from Zoe / April 13, 2012 at 09:37 am
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Congrats, you win! Please email me at amie@midnightpoutine.ca with your full name and name of guest (or just indicate +1) to have your name placed on the guest list for the event.
Amie replying to a comment from Munch / April 13, 2012 at 09:38 am
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Congrats, you win! Please email me at amie@midnightpoutine.ca with your full name and name of guest (or just indicate +1) to have your name placed on the guest list for the event.
Amie replying to a comment from Élaine / April 13, 2012 at 09:39 am
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Congrats, you win! Please email me at amie@midnightpoutine.ca with your full name and name of guest (or just indicate +1) to have your name placed on the guest list for the event.
Amie replying to a comment from Charlyne Lefebvre-Paillé / April 14, 2012 at 06:46 am
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Please email me at amie@midnightpoutine.ca if you're still interested in attending the event. I need your full name and if you're bringing a guest.
Amie replying to a comment from Greg / April 14, 2012 at 06:46 am
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Please email me at amie@midnightpoutine.ca if you're still interested in attending the event. I need your full name and if you're bringing a guest.
Amie replying to a comment from Sofia / April 14, 2012 at 06:47 am
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Amie replying to a comment from Naomi DuVall / April 14, 2012 at 06:47 am
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Amie replying to a comment from paras2 / April 14, 2012 at 06:47 am
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Amie replying to a comment from mrklips / April 14, 2012 at 06:48 am
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