Share the Warmth is a foundation that works to fight youth hunger and poverty. Throughout the year, they hold several events to raise both awareness and money. One such event is the popular Table of Hope and this year, the Divas were invited to take part in their gastronomical affair!
For once, we weren’t causing trouble – we were eating and drinking for a good cause! Table of Hope 2015 was filled with Montreal restaurants showcasing their food with local media celebrities acting as sous-chefs. All proceeds were benefiting the school food program at Share the Warmth.
The event took place in the grand Windsor Station. Tables were set up on either side of the room where restaurants set up their stations. The middle of the room had round tables and chairs, along with a wine station of Kolonaki wines from Greece, which the Divas love, and a PUR Vodka mojito bar, where they offered mojitos made with either raspberries or blackberries, citrus, basil and vodka. PUR Vodka is a Quebec made product and we love supporting local products!
There were so many food stations that we didn’t get to try them all but we did our best! We had a few favourites that we kept returning to but in general all the restaurants did a good job. L’Atelier d’Argentine was offering up mini grilled sausage sandwich sliders which were a tasty treat.
Next door to that was Roux, with bite size pies and fun BLT cones filed with fresh corn, avocado and topped with salty bacon. We fell in love with Roux’s food truck when we tasted their wild mushroom poutine last summer!
Smoked meat is synonymous with Montreal and the Dunn’s station was assembling sandwiches on the spot. The rye bread, smoked meat and yellow mustard are a quintessential taste of Montreal and it truly hit the spot. We were drooling as the chef cut the smoked meat in front of us!
We haven’t yet had a chance to visit Wilfrid sur Laurier but we’re certainly glad that they had a station where we tried their macarons! Our favourite was their pistachio macarons, mmmm!!!
An oyster bar is like the bat signal for the Divas and you can be sure to spot us loitering whenever one is around. Such was the case when we discovered L’Orignal’s oyster booth. God bless them! Day Jobs & the NightLife doesn’t even like oysters but we corralled him towards the booth so he can hold an extra plate of oysters for us. And they say that chivalry is dead!
Shucked on the spot, you could dress those L’Orignal oysters with a squeeze of lemon, a cucumber-ginger mignonette or enjoy them simply in their salty brine. We had our fair share and loved every minute of it even as Day Jobs & the NightLife shook his head at our gluttony.
Mercuri was offering a unique bite of mango, cucumber and other goodies enveloped in a delicate rice paper wrapper, dotted with black sesame seeds with a tangy dipping sauce on the side. This Asian-inspired offering was refreshing and light, perfect for the warm summer weather!
Meanwhile, at Industria Brasserie, they were carving up porchetta for a delicious sandwich with a generous amount of meat and coleslaw. Fresh bread and delicious meaty porchetta that had just the right amount of fat was chopped up and made into a sandwich (or as the Italians, and Diva #2 say, sangwich) at the Industria Brasserie booth.
If there’s a lineup, there must be something good at the end of it right? Well we found a line, and we were curious. But since we’re all about instant satisfaction over delayed gratification, we tried to innocently cut in line, which didn’t work! Nevertheless we waited, and we were served huge cocktail shrimp with a tangy cocktail sauce. And trust us, the short wait in line was well worth it. Rib n’ Reef had some serious jumbo shrimp, and we even tried to go back for more…
While there were many restaurants offering delicious looking desserts, we couldn’t resist the popcorn from Bad Monkey Popcorn. They have both sweet and savoury flavours and we tried the Caramel, Maple Syrup and Bad Girl, go figure! They were delicious and they told us that you can buy their popcorn at many different grocery stores in Montreal.
Share the Warmth is a great foundation working hard for a cause. While the Divas are always out eating and drinking and carefree, we can also be humanitarians! There are many kids who go to school hungry every day and events like Table of Hope aim to eradicate this. For more information, you can visit their website.
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