Le Rendez-Vous des Saveurs

rvsThis is the 17th year that Le Rendez-Vous des Saveurs is putting on a wine and food show at the Casino du Lac-Leamy. Hosted in the Théâtre du Casino, guests can certainly play a few slots before entering and enjoying all the food and drink options.

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Entered to win a trip for 2 to New York City! Wish me luck!

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image The Casino had two of their restaurants offering some pretty tasty food! Banco Bistro (which used to be the buffet) and Arôme Seafood and Grill. Here is the menu they had. image My friend ate the Duck mini-burger with an apricot and bacon marmalade served with yukon gold fries. The Apricot and Bacon Marmalade matched perfectly with the duck.

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This was the hugest shrimp I’ve ever seen. Lobster and Shrimp cocktail.

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Marinated Kobe Beef flank tataki with braised smoked pork belly and mini fall squash Crème brulée with fleur de sel. Mmm, pork belly…

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Before we dug into our food, we went down to the SAQ booth to pair wine with it. My friend paired her duck burger with this beautiful Domaine Henri Richard Gevrey-Chambertin Aux Corvées 2009, while I paired my beef and pork with Caldas Reserva Red 2010 from Portugal. image image Later, we paired a chocolate mousse, brownie and strawberry cream dessert with this totally awesome (perfect for valentines day as it pairs nicely with chocolate) sparkling red Banfi Rosa Regale 2012 from Italy. As well, we ended up trying this Audrey et Christian Binner Gewurtztraminer Cuvée Béatrice 2010 and it has now become one of my favorites. image image

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What more of an introduction do you need other than, Miss Chocolat on Promenade du Portage is a delightful little chocolaterie.

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I tasted the chocolate Riopelle which is made with Riopelle cheese. The chocolate was smoothy and the cheese gave it a nice ripe flavour without being over bearing.

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My friend took the port in a chocolate cup! Yum. image

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We were able to try 3 of the Fromagerie Montebello‘s cheeses. The first here is the curds. Nice and squeaky!

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The  Tête à Papineau is made of pasteurized cow’s milk. Semi-firm, ripened from 35 days to two months. The Manchebello has a firm texture and is made with pasteurized sheep’s milk that is ripened from 2 to 6 months. Nice medium flavour with a smooth texture.

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Chorizo et Chevre Noire is a cute little gourmet shop which sells a variety of products and a lot of cheeses. They offer the Jamie Oliver food line including jams and chocolates as well as Neilson-Massey‘s extracts and oils and lots more. I can’t wait to actually go visit the shop!

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Domaine Mont-Vézeau Ripon is also a Strawberry Farm from which they also make wine.

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Both their red, Noroit and their Fortified Strawberry Red wine have won some awards.

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Rochef Chocolatier is based in Gatieanu, QC and available around the Gatineau and Ottawa area. At the show, they were offering gourmet bars, covered coffee beans, almonds and blueberries, as well as hot chocolate spoons in 3 flavours, 4 spice, Dark and Espellette Pepper.

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     I couldn’t resist their praline truffles. I got raspberry (always my favorite), 4 spices and the lemon. The acidity of the lemon balances out the heaviness of the chocolate. image

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Miss Marmelades offers a wide variety of jellies. We tried an apple jelly which was tasty as well as the orange and cointreau.

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Elixirs Vins et Spiritueux is a wine distributor to the Gatineau area. We tried the new FREIXENET – Elyssia Gran Cuvée that was available. Nice and dry.

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Les Carnadises Foie Gras etc has a farm of which they breed ducks on grain. They offer foie gras, mousse, rillettes, cassoulet and more.

My friend wanted to start her holiday shopping for her friends, and foie gras was on the list. She’s not a huge fan so she “made” me try a variety of the different foie gras’ at the show. The foie gras mousse with the cider jelly was terrific!

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Vignoble Lavender Ridge Winery has a tone of products worth checking out, especially if you like lavender. When you visit the farm, you can take tours of the fields as well as have a slice of pizza with lavender sauce in the little cafe while enjoying a glass of their wine. Joanne Labadie also makes all natural soaps and body care products.

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Laiterie de l’Outaouais was offering 4 flavours of panna cotta today. Creamy! Check out their website for recipes!

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 Lyna Lê Sushi offered 4 dishes. Pizza sushi, Toyko roll, Sushi poutine and a dragon eyes roll, which I tried.

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Dragon eyes has salmon, shallots, carrots, tobiko and the whole roll is lightly fried, topped with two sauces and fried spaghetti.

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Biscotti & Cie is a gourmet cafe located in Old Chelsea. They offer homemade jams, baked goods and more. A place to definitely check out if you’re in Chelsea. We tried their mini donut hole with a pina colada custard as well as their chocolate mousse with a brownie topped with a strawberry mousse.

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The show has culinary demos all weekend long as well as workshops. This is the sugar sculpting demo.

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Univins is a wine and beer distributor.

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The Tommasi Fiorato is a perfect dessert wine which is not as sweet as port. This pairs perfectly with chocolate.

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Ducs de Montrichard sells foie gras, rillettes and terrines. Again, my friend wanted me to try a few of these for as a potential present. I tried the Wild Boar Terrine, Duck Rillette with coffee and dark chocolate, Crème brulée with foie gras and the potted duck with cognac.

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Who can say no to maple cotton candy!? Always brings me back to being a kid.

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Amandes de Maribel has flavoured almonds and hazelnuts which are paired with wines. I still had some of the Audrey et Christian Binner Gewurtztraminer Cuvée Béatrice 2010 in my glass so the spicy almonds paired nicely with it.

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Le Nordik Spa-Nature‘s restaurant was there too! We tried the gnocchi with wild mushrooms, cream sauce and shaved Manchebello cheese. Yum!

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Marques Constellation Quebec is a wine, beer and spirit distributor.

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The SAQ has a little tasting game. They poured 4 secret wines and we had to pair them up with the taste tags which described what kind of wine it was. The SAQ categories wines with these taste tags to better be able to assist customers choose wines. image

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