Cookies Unite - June Edition

June 10, 2010

e8d6f photo7 I am so excited about this post because I’ve been meaning to try and finally blog about this monthly event since the first day I heard about it in spring! Cookies Unite is Gita Seaton’s clever idea after taking part in a similar event back in Ottawa. Montreal’s line cooks finally get a chance to be the star of the night and blow us away with their ideas in a carte blanche style dinner for only $30 per person. And to make it even better, it’s bring your own wine!

This past Monday was Cookies Unite’ second edition, which is always hosted at le Dépanneur Pick Up, a gorgeous dep/coffee/restaurant/hanging out spot in Little Italy. The evening featured DNA’ sous chef, Phillip Viens.

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Poupou’s Fresh Baked Bread

Fresh bread with a spread of lard. A new experience in taste, quite different than your regular butter.

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Cream of Mount Royal Stinging Nettle Soup

Light but tasty soup in a perfect sized cup.

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Stairsholme Farm Organic Duck Egg, Asparagus, Notre Dame du Lac butter

First time I tried a duck egg. I couldn’t find much difference from the regular egg except for it being way more rich in flavor. Loved the vinaigrette with the asparagus.

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Roasted Pork Belly, It’s Crackling Pan Juice, New Potatoes and Green Sauce

I wish the pork belly would have been cooked just a little more as the two pieces weren’t even but what a great plate. I loved the green salad on top with all of its acidity, especially with the capers.

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Wildflower Honey Semifredo Affogato Thé des Bois

Great dessert to complete this meal! A mix of fresh ice cream with tea was the perfect end to this meal.

Conclusion: I had a wonderful night at Cookies Unite, thanks to the friendly staff and the venue. With only 30 places available, it wasn’t too loud and it gave the dep a great ambiance with everyone looking like they were having a lovely evening. Phillip Viens made us a rich and exciting menu and the food kept on coming at the perfect time. I wish he would have been introduced to the crowd at the beginning or the end so that we could have applauded his efforts for a double service night. Join the Facebook group to stay updated and reserve as soon as you can as places don’t stay available for long.

COOKIES UNITE ADDRESS: 7032 Waverly RESERVATION: WHEN: Once a month, usually the first Monday ALCOHOL: BYOW CREDIT CARDS: No PRICE: $30

Written by Sofia Shendi who lives and works in Montreal, as the CTO of Tastet. Join me on Twitter

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