The second Hunting and Friendship Dinner in Quebec City, Canada, welcomed 25 chefs and friends from ACF USA.
We explored Quebec, visited cultural sites, and enjoyed a warm welcome dinner at Les Botanistes Restaurant, organized by Chef Jean Luc Boulay.
Our main event, hosted at Château Frontenac, featured the awarding of the Gold Medal of the Academie to Chefs Helena Loureiro and Gregory Faye. Special thanks to Academician’s Chef Frederic Cyr, the Château Frontenac team, and Consul General of France in Quebec, Eric Lamouroux, for their invaluable support.
Gratitude to our guides, partners, and chefs for a memorable evening, enriching our annual tradition.
Day One .
Visit to "The Huron-Wendat Museum".
The Huron-Wendat people, a First Nations group with a rich cultural heritage, have a fascinating history that is beautifully showcased at the Huron-Wendat Museum. Located in Wendake, Quebec, this museum serves as a cultural hub, preserving the traditions, art, and way of life of the Huron-Wendat community. Visitors are greeted with immersive exhibits that vividly narrate the tribe’s ancient customs, including their intricate craftsmanship, spiritual beliefs, and sustainable practices. The museum not only educates about the past but also bridges the gap between generations, fostering a deep sense of pride and identity among the Huron-Wendat people.
It’s a testament to their resilience and a testament to the enduring legacy of indigenous cultures in the face of modernity, making it a must-visit destination for those seeking to understand and appreciate the vibrant tapestry of Native American heritage.
Lunch was served to us at the restaurant La Traite, by chef Marc de Passorio, 2- time Michelin and Gault et Millau d’or star, is one of the most renowned chefs in international gastronomy. After working in various restaurants in France, Russia and New Zealand, Marc de Passorio settled in Quebec. Upon his arrival, Marc de Passorio wanted to know more about indigenous knowledge and visited several First Nations communities in Quebec while immersing himself in the customs and culinary
traditions of the Huron-Wendat nation, which welcomed him into his community.
At the head of the restaurant La Traite, he pursues his passion and his role as mentor and trainer by favoring natural cuisine inspired by the know-how and elements of the indigenous terroir while integrating young indigenous people into his brigade.
Visit to "The Fall of Montmorency".
During our visit to Parc de la Chute- Montmorency, a tourist center managed by SÉPAQ, we were impressed by the magnificent perspectives offered on this natural wonder. Using the 487 steps, you can admire the falls from different angles, while a suspension bridge offers a spectacular view by connecting the two sides of the park. Additionally, a cable car transports visitors between the base and the top of the falls, adding to the sensational experience. In winter, water vapors crystallize at the edge of the falls, transforming the area into a popular ice climbing site and creating an impressive icy formation, known as “sugar loaf,” in front of the falls.
Visit to "The Grand Marché of Quebec City".
Welcome Dinner at "Restaurant Les Botanistes".
I would like to express my sincere gratitude to chef Jean Luc Boulay as well as his entire team and particularly his Chef de Cuisine Emeline Pero for their warm welcome to the restaurant Les Botanistes in Quebec City.
The visit to the restaurant was an exceptional and memorable dining experience. The elegant ambiance and impeccable service really added to the whole experience.
The restaurant stands out for its refined and creative cuisine, highlighting top quality local ingredients. Each dish was a work of gastronomic art, combining flavors and textures in a harmonious way.
Chef Boulay’s dedication to fine dining is clearly reflected in his cooking, and it was an honor to be able to savor his creations.
Once again, thank you to chef Jean Luc Boulay and his team for this unforgettable culinary experience.
Day Two .
Guided tour of old Quebec.
Old Quebec, located in the heart of Quebec City, is a historical treasure that bears witness to the rich and fascinating history of the region. Founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain, it is one of the oldest European establishments in North America. The cobbled streets, stone buildings, and well-preserved ramparts recall the era of New France and French colonization. Old Quebec is also the only site in North America to have preserved its original fortifications. This old town is steeped in history, offering visitors an immersion into Canada’s captivating past.
2nd Hunter & Friendship Dinner In Canada, "Quebec City 2023"
We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Academic Chef Frederic Cyr as well as the entire Château Frontenac team for their warm welcome during our 2nd annual hunting and friendship dinner. Château Frontenac, with its fascinating history and iconic architecture, added a special touch to our event
We would also like to warmly thank the guides who introduced us to the charms of Old Quebec, a city steeped in history and culture. A big thank you also goes to all our partners, as well as the talented chefs who prepared the delicious hunting dinner. The meal was a real treat for the taste buds and helped make this evening memorable. Finally, we would like to express our gratitude to the Consul General of France in Quebec, Eric Lamouroux, for his presence and support for this event. Your contribution greatly enriched this evening, strengthening the bonds of friendship and camaraderie that are at the heart of our annual hunting tradition. We are very grateful to you. We would like to thank from the bottom of our hearts everyone who participated in this special evening and who helped make it an unforgettable moment.
The Welcome Cocktail with our Partners.
The Chefs In the Kitchen.
The dessert of this magnificent dinner was created by two exceptional young pastry chefs, Paul Peyrat (SOFITEL Montreal) and Joel Lahon (Le Chateau Frontenac).
Mr Le Consul general of France in Quebec.
The Gold Medal of the Academie.
Cheffe Helena Loureiro & Chef Gregory Faye.
To the Canadian Team for their commitment and dedication on the organization of this prestigious weekend.
To Fahri Yavuz, your outstanding craftsmanship in photography and the timeless moments you’ve captured with such joy are truly commendable.
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