The phenomenon of the foodie is growing in big cities, especially in Montreal. There are so many food festivals in the city and food
trucks are also making a comeback. The term ‘foodie’ is used to refer to people who are aficionados in the field of food and drinks.
Located in the trendy Mile-End neighbourhood that is filled to the brim with cute restaurants, Les Touilleurs offers a range of kitchen appliances. With white walls and bright lighting, the cool atmosphere makes you feel welcome.
The kitchenware is strategically placed, with the colourful KitchenAid appliances and accessories attracting the eyes. It began as a partnership between Sylvain Côté and François Longpré. The former attended the Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec and the latter was a comedian with a love for kitchen tools. They have been partners in business since 1998. The store opened in 2002 and a kitchen was added in 2005 when the local next door was free for rent.
Cooking workshops are offered with renowned Montreal chefs such as Stéphanie Labelle, who owns Pâtisserie Rhubarbe, Taverne Square Dominion’s chef Éric Dupuis and many others. The lessons are on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. They last three hours; starting at 6:30 p.m. Prices for the current winter lessons are between $95 and $110.
“It is an intimate and exceptional night. You get a chef who gives you tips and shares laughs with you, which you would not get in a big class of 40 people,” said Côté. The maximum per class is 12 people and you can bring a bottle of wine to sip on while cooking the three to four recipes Les Touilleurs have prepared for you.
Schedules are posted two months before the season and you can sign up to receive them on their website through their mailing list. Côté makes it clear that early sign-up is a must — classes usually fill up seven to 10 days after the calendar is released.
The pair also launched a book for their 10-year anniversary in October called Les Touilleurs – Techniques gourmands.
They co-host a television show as well, airing on ARTV every Friday at 8 p.m. They discuss different aspects of gastronomy and have a chef who offers a culinary workshop.
Les Touilleurs is located at 152 Laurier Ave. W.
For more information, check out their website http://www.lestouilleurs.com