The festive atmosphere of Las Vegas and New Orleans, the Greek flavors, the delights of the sugar shack, the world of James Bond, the music of the King and the taste of the City of Light. The restaurants downtown Alma unite once again to present the Fortnight almatoises flavors to be held from April 6 to 17. But there will be a especially good dose of Italian warmth in this culinary festival that grows seven restaurants to change the atmosphere and menu. The indefatigable Giovanni Apollo has agreed to sponsor the third edition.
That which animates emissions My mother cooks better than yours and Apollo in the fridge did not pray to accept this role. “I have three citizenships. I live in three different countries. But this is where I feel best. And probably the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, in Alma right now. And it’s not free sycophancy. I really like that area. Well, I must say the truth is for girls and very little for the climate, “dropped the head, passing through Alma Wednesday for the unveiling of the festival program.
And the organization could not dream better as a sponsor. The chief advantage of every moment to praise the restaurateurs and producers in the region.
“I like the involvement of brave people. It’s hard to be restaurateur, and more at the moment. I looked at the menus of the festival, which features products, the quality of what is offered. And there’s no embarrassment to have. I often think, actually, that the worst area of ambassador is sometimes yourself. Because, what pride to be here! My restaurant in New York, where I use that Quebec products, I look at the quality of products coming region and here in particular. And I have trouble finding it in Montreal or Quebec. They are put to light those products, “stressed the head.
“I dream of seeing buses from Montreal to come here. Pay $ 4,000 to go to Borneo (Asian island) or to four-hour drive to come to Alma, sometimes I think it is better to do four hours of car to see something real, “he added .
Participating restaurants, the aperitif of Universal Hotel, Restaurant Apollo-Bistro Auberge Rose & Basil, Toad, Mario Tremblay Resto-Bar, Café Clock Tower and the Resto-Bar Union, will local products in value of 6 April 17. Each leader must deal with at least four producers for their menu.
“The idea is to show the products to the taste of our customers. But most restaurateurs have almost exceeded the minimum of four producers. Some have ten or twelve on their menu. It was also an important criterion for Giovanni. He insisted that producers are put in the front. He also wanted to go to meet, “said Linda detailed Décoste, the Auberge Bistro Rose & Basil and president of the Fortnight almatoises flavors.
And that is what the chef will make during the festival. In addition to traveling the participating restaurants to meet customers, Giovanni Apollo participate in a gourmet tour on 9 April. On board a bus, the leader will visit three food companies. People can also participate in this activity, by registering with the organizers.
The culinary skills of the population will also be honored with the competition for the best pie in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean. The guest conductor will be part of the jury that will taste the various pies on April 16 in downtown Alma.