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C’est un Départ: Yelp’s Cozy Community Kickoff in Montreal



On a bright, sunny, icey afternoon Montreal’s sweet yelpers got cozy in the lovin’ arms of Mile End fine-diner Nouveau Palais for la belle ville’s very first Elite Event.

 

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Chef Gita Seaton and her team served up moan-worthy bites from the inexpensive and exceptional Nouveau Palais lunch menu, including homemade bbq chips, pickled quail eggs, Greek salad, cheese burgers and eggplant hoagies, plus melt-in-and-all-over-your-mouth chocolate chip cookies for dessert! Thanks to Jacques Séguin’s gentle cocktail wizardry, and to the joyful support from Barefoot Wine, Maker’s Mark and Canadian Club, we sipped signature, perfect Manhattan’s, Whiskey Sours, hot mulled Barefoot California Zinfandel, and  Maker’s Mark hot bourbon apple cider.

 

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And then, just when we were cuddling on a cloud of good food and good good good good vibrations, local Mile End Monday Night Choir hummed, harmonized and took us up a whole other level. Honoured guests from the neighborhood food bank The Mile End Mission spoke a bit about the challenges they see families facing in our community and collected a total of over $300 in donations, 100% of which go to the holiday baskets distributed by the food bank.

 

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The lovely photos by Darren Curtis of Actaeon Photo capture what an exquisite pleasure it was to spend time with such a generous and spirited crowd. Laura D said it best: “The food, the drinks, the entertainment were all excellent, but nothing could surpass the feeling that we were all a part of something pretty awesome.”

 

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So, on to the next one, and until then, see you on Yelp!

Risa D.

 

 

 

 

 

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Ah Oui, C’est un départ!

C’est lors d’un bel après-midi ensoleillé et glacé que les Yelpeurs de Montréal se sont réchauffés dans un refuge du Mile End au Nouveau Palais pour le premier événement Élite de la belle ville.

 

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La chef, Gita Seaton, et son équipe nous ont servi des bouchées délicieuses du menu du lunch bon marché et exceptionnel du Nouveau Palais, incluant des chips barbecue faites à la main, des oeufs de caille marinés, des salades grecques, des minis cheeseburgers, des sandwich aux aubergines et des biscuits aux chocolats qui fondent dans votre bouche comme dessert! Merci à Jacques Séguin pour son magie des cocktails et au support généreux de Barefoot Wine, Maker’s Mark et Canadian Club. Nous avons siroter des Manhattan et Whiskey Sours parfaits, du vin chaud fait avec le Zinfandel californien de Barefoot Wine et du cidre chaud concocté avec le bourbon de Maker’s Mark.

 


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Et puis, juste comme tout le monde flottait sur un nuage de chaleur, de bonne bouffe et de bonnes vibrations, la chorale Monday Night Choir du Mile End, a fredonnée, c’est harmonisée, puis nous a emmené au septième ciel. Des invités spéciaux de la banque alimentaire du Mile End Mission ont parlé un peu à propos des défis que les familles de notre communauté surmontent, et nous avons ramassé plus de 300$ en dons, dont la totalité sera remise pour l’achat de paniers qui sont distribués par la banque alimentaire.

 

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Les belles photos par Darren Curtis de Actaeon Photo démontre comment c’était un plaisir exquis de passer du temps avec une foule si généreuse et dynamique. Laura D l’a dit le mieux: « La nourriture, les boissons et le divertissement étaient tous excellents, mais rien ne peut surpasser le sentiment que nous faisons tous parti de quelque chose d’extraordinaire. »

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Donc, à la prochaine et d’ici là, on se verra sur Yelp!

Risa D.

 

 

 

 

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