Montreal Gazette

Laurier BBQ closes doors

Popular restaurant opened in 1936


The Laurier BBQ restaurant closed its doors Tuesday. The Outremont landmark — partowned by British chef Gordon Ramsay for six months ending in February 2012 — is the property of Montreal businessma­n Nick Nakis and has been a popular dining spot with Outremont families since it opened in 1936. Nakis could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Croissant festival

If you enjoy a good croissant, take note of a croissant festival taking place Saturday in 14 bakeries in Montreal and nearby communitie­s. All artisanal bakeries, these enterprise­s are either reducing their croissant prices for the day or offering two for the price of one. Their hope is that the public will recognize the superior quality of traditiona­lly made croissants compared with the machinemad­e versions sold in supermarke­ts. Prices will vary, store by store, ranging from 85 cents to $1.75.

Only plain croissants will be offered at La Fête du croissant. The event is designed to demonstrat­e that these baked goods are made only of flour, butter and water, says Plateau organizer and baker Franck Dury-Pavet of Fous Desserts.

He initiated the festival last year and sold 1,800 of his plain croissants in the one day. He anticipate­s tripling that total this year because some of the 14 participan­ts have other branches, making a total of 20 participat­ing bakeries. Objective of the festival, Dury-Pavet said, is to educate the public about the traditiona­l method of making a product he calls “noble, symbolic and convivial.”

Participat­ing bakeries are located in various districts of Montreal, St-Lambert, Longueuil, Delson, Bouchervil­le and Granby. Their names follow; for addresses, visit their websites.

Montreal: L’Amour du pain; Arhoma; Chouquette­s et cie; Les Co’Pains d’abord; Fous Desserts; Mamie Clafoutis; Marius et Fanny; Mr. Pinchot; Petite boulangeri­e. South Shore: L’Amour du pain; Chouquette­s et cie; Ô Gâteries; Pâtisserie Aux Beaux Tilleuls; Tartes et clafoutis. Laval: Marius et Fanny. Info: 514-273-9335.

Think summer veggies

It’s not too early to sign up for a weekly basket of fresh, organicall­y grown vegetables, fruit, eggs, bread and cheese, according to Equiterre, the Quebec organizati­on that groups organic market gardeners. Almost 100 farms located throughout Quebec have signed up to take customers for baskets through the Community Supported Agricultur­e program and will start deliveries in June.

The delivery period will range from 12 to 22 weeks, depending on the farm. A family-size basket costs about $350 for the season. Drop-off points will again include some Metro supermarke­ts, up from three last year to 15 this summer. And three commuter train stations will be drop-off points this year: Candiac, Ste-Catherine, and Vaudreuil.

The website needs navigation skills. To sign up, visit and click on English, #2 and Read More, Sign Up Now, Carte de tous les points de chute, Emplacemen­t, Montreal, then your district, Panier d’été, your drop-off point, and finally you will be offered a farm that services that point. Info: 514-605-2000.

Israeli cuisine

Cookbook author and Israeli food lecturer Janna Gur will cook a meal from her popular cookbook, The Book of New Israeli Food: A Culinary Journey (Schocken Books, 2008, $40), April 25 at 6.30 p.m. at Appetite for Books, 388 Victoria Ave., Westmount.

Her four-course meal, including a copy of the book, is priced at $125. BYOB. Gur, who edits a Hebrew food and wine magazine in Israel and appears frequently on Israeli TV, is a specialist in Israeli and Hebrew cuisine.

To register, call 514-3692002.

 ?? JOHN KENNEY/ GAZETTE FILES ?? Outremont’s Laurier BBQ was briefly co-owned by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.
JOHN KENNEY/ GAZETTE FILES Outremont’s Laurier BBQ was briefly co-owned by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.

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