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Tasting Notes.

1. CHEESE FEST. it’s never quite as exciting as it sounds, but it does entail a lot of free cheese. starting tomorrow (feb 16th) and running daily from 11:30am-dinnerishtime until saturday (feb 19th), at the Complexe Desjardins. as per usual, it will probably be the only thing i make it out to during Montréal en Lumière, much i imagine to the chagrin of a friend of mine who visited recently and roundly chastised me for knowing basically nothing about the finer (er..30$+?) dining opportunities of Montréal. his point (“Dude, Just Go For It”) is well taken. do i really need another bottle of scotch or armagnac (or 36 beer) more than i might benefit from a meal that makes a singular impression upon me? i suppose the answer is Yes, Possibly, but it’s not like i’m not going to buy more booze, regardless.

all of which to say, if anyone has any leads on good visiting chefs/culinary events this coming week (it’s a real foodstorm, but clearly one tailored toward an income/personal hygiene bracket somewhat in excess of my own), do word me up. i clean up real nice and make for a lively conversationalist.

2. not part of the festival, but probably more worth your time, my buddy Pierre Hong Minn is organizing his annual Korean Dinner/Haitian Aid get-together. affordable and awesome, and not to be missed, given how hard it is to get good Korean fare in this accursed city. i unfortunately WILL be missing it, because of prior out-of-town engagements.

the details:

Join us for an evening of home-cooked Korean food!
Date: February 19th (Saturday)
Time: 6 pm onwards  (cooking will start at 1 pm, please indicate if you can help out in your RSVP)

As usual, the event also serves as a benefit for Haiti. This year, funds will be going to Haiti Outreach Pwojè Espwa, an organization that works in partnership with Haiti’s Ministry of Health to improve health conditions in the town of Borgne.  These folks did an amazing job responding to the cholera epidemic, and need our continued support and encouragement.  We will also be raising funds to promote the work of Haitian artists, whose pieces are sold to support local health and development initiatives throughout Haiti.

Location: Montreal Korean United Church in Verdun.  The adresse is 177, rue de l’Église, near the corner of Wellington.  (It’s right next to the de l’Église metro station on the green line.  Use the de l’Église street exit in the middle of the train — when you get out, it’s the red brick church just across from the station.)

Suggested donation — 20$.  Feel free to give more or less, depending on your means.  We’re aiming for a total goal of 2500$ with about 125 attendees.

RSVP:  Please send an email to pierreminn@yahoo.ca with the following information:
– # of attendees
– food restrictions (vegetarian, vegan, kosher, etc)
– allergies (if any)
– availability for helping out with cooking or clean-up (Friday the 18th or Saturday the 19th)

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