All That Glitters Gala

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A Night at the Museum

I recently attended the All that Glitters Gala at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. The gala benefited Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, a very important organization devoted to research and putting an end to the suffering caused by Crohn’s and Colitis- for good. I was startled by the prominence of the disease in Canada. The following statistic really struck a chord: “1 in every 150 Canadians is living with Crohn’s or Colitis- a rate that ranks in the highest worldwide” (Crohn’s and Colitis Canada). Even more alarming, “the number of new cases of Crohn’s disease in Canadian children has almost doubled since 1995” (Impact of IBD Report 2012, Crohn’s and Colitis Canada). These statistics are eye opening and demonstrate the importance of searching for a cure to end Crohn’s and Colitis for life.

The event was put together by an incredible team who gathered some of Montreal’s finest restaurants and culinary talent! The food was impeccable and the generosity of the local restaurants in providing seafood, meat, salads, pastas, coffee, desserts, and more for a crowd of over 300 people, must be noted. Their devotion to our community and to this significant cause is remarkable.

Some of my favourite items from the night included Oysters provided by Joe Beef and served by Choice Harbour with a classic mignonette, apple mignonette, and Smoke Show hot sauce. Majestique was serving their famous giant hot dogs on buns by Hof Kelsten. Nora Gray brought their A-game with giant meatballs with tomato sauce and basil. Tavern on the Square impressed with homemade cavatelli with tomato sauce, mozzarella di bufala, and basil. Steve’s Fish Store brought us the freshest fish. Succulent rack of lamb by Wolfe Montcalm. Ryu with their delicious sushi. Our beloved Moishes provided beef tartare and smoked salmon. La Sirène with their famous Lebanese salads, and Tuck Shop with the most adorable blinis topped with smoked salmon. For dessert, Boulangerie Le Fournil had a magnificent display of cake pops, trifles, and squares (a bakery in Westmount that I definitely plan on visiting in the near future!), and Cocoa Locale brought their sweet miniature cupcakes (my personal favs!). Caffeine-fix was brought to us by Tunnel Espresso Bar in the form of smooth and creamy lattes. As you can tell, this was definitely a “star”-studded event..a real culinary affair! I was so full, I didn’t even get to try all of the delicious-looking food, so be sure to check out the full list of attendees below!


Majestique – Hot Dogs

Tavern on the Square – Homemade Cavatelli

Smoked Salmon and Spinach Pie

Bagels on Greene – Bagels

Boulangerie Le Fournil – Strawberry Shortcake

Beaux Gateaux – Carrot Cake

Beaux Gateaux – Oreo Cake

Tunnel Espresso Bar – Latte

Boulangerie Le Fournil – Assorted Pastries and Desserts

Boulangerie Le Fournil – Cupcakes

The dinatoire (really more of a dinner after all the food I tasted!) was followed by a fundraiser, and finally a concert by Montreal-born Adam Cohen and his band. We all left with a cute parting gift complete with chocolates Galerie au Chocolat, David’s Tea, and macarons by Dopo cena.

Please visit these restaurants who continue to support our community all year long, and definitely consider putting this event on your social calendar for next year! See the full list of restaurants who supported this cause below- all of them did such an amazing job, and if you haven’t already, definitely check them out!

Restaurants, Caterers, and Bakeries
Bagels on Green
Beaux Gateaux
Boulangerie Le Fournil 
Burger Bar
C&C Meat Packing
Chez Nino
Farines Etc. (Vegan Desserts)
Galerie au Chocolat
Grumman ’78
Hof Kelsten
Honey Martin
Java U
J&R Butcher
Joe Beef served by Choice Harbour
New Victoria Fish Market
Nora Gray
Patisserie Cocoa Locale
Steve’s Fish Store
Tavern on the Square
Tuck Shop
La Sirene
Starbucks coffee
Tunnel Espresso Bar
Traiteur LT
Wolfe Montcalm Catering

For more information on the cause, or to find out how you could get involved, visit the link below.

And on behalf of the committee responsible for producing such a lovely evening:
“A special thank you to Java U catering for coordinating all of these delicious restaurants, and a shout out to Max Ruiz and Marley Sniatowsky from Choice Harbor for helping us solicit restaurants.”

Mind, Taste, Love.

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