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QUEBEC-BELGIUM GASTRONOMY ALLIANCE

We’re delighted to announce, for the 11th time, the participation of the two restaurants of the Place d'Armes Hôtel & Suites in the Bonnes Tables du Festival, within the 13th edition of the Montréal en Lumière Festival (FML), running from February 16th to February 26th 2012.

Each year, a region from around the world is put in the spotlight in order to allow Montreal’s best chefs to meet up with their colleagues abroad. For its 2012 edition, the festival will focus on Brussels and Wallonia due their neighbourly qualities and the warmth of their hospitality, features that they share with Montreal, along with their complementary qualities when it comes to gastronomy and know-how. The duos of chefs will compose menus offering perfect wine pairings that reflect the fusion of their respective culinary cultures. The vineyards in Seattle, Washington, will be highlighted. Whether you are a seasoned gourmand or a foodie in training, let your senses be taken in by this unique and exclusive experience during the festival.

AIX

Aix’s culinary team, under the guidance of chef Jean-François Belair, is glad to welcome Mario Elias, chef of the famous avant-garde, Michelin Star restaurant “Le Cor de chasse” in Barvaux, Wallonia. Come discover the know-how of these masters of local cuisine, heavily exploited in Wallonia thanks to the wide variety of quality products found there. The “Four-hand symphony” theme will satisfy even the most demanding epicureans through all five courses. From Friday February 17th to Saturday February 18th 2012, starting at 5:30 pm. Price before wine: $65; price including wine: $95.

711, Côte de la Place d’Armes | Vieux-Montréal | (514) 904-1201 | www.aixcuisine.com

SUITE 701

Chef Jean-François Belair offers you two original activities for the FML. First, discover “Presto Health Noons” featuring a three-course menu inspired by the experience, knowledge, and know-how of Walloon chef Mario Elias. This is the perfect time to impress your guests with a business lunch that takes your tight schedule into account while tending to your health needs. From Monday February 20th through Friday February 24th 2012, from 11:30 am until 2:30 pm. Price before wine: $24, price including wine: $32.

Before returning to his kitchen in Belgium and with the help of the Suite 701 kitchen team, Chef Elias will put together a delicious selection of appetizers that combine harmoniously with Belgian beers. “L'apéro belge ” will take place from Monday February 20th through Friday February 24th 2012, from 5:30 pm until 10:30 pm. Price before wine: $18; price including wine: $25.

711, Côte de la Place d’Armes | Vieux-Montréal | (514) 904-1201 | www.suite701.com

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Winter-proof your skin!

Winters can be harsh on our skin! The cold, wind and snow can wreak havoc on our skin bringing uncomfortable dryness and dullness.

January is the perfect month to look over your beauty routine and schedule a Dermalogica personalised facial at Rainspa. Our skin therapists will recommend the appropriate Winter-must products to protect your skin and carry you into Spring with glowy skin!

Take advantage of Rainspa’s offer on their Personalized care facial valued at $119 for only $99 valid until February 28. Dermalogica Education manager, Holly Sherrard, appeared on the Morning show on January 5 to give us a few suggestions on how to banish dry skin and give your winter skin care regimen a boost.

Here is a summary:

1 - Switch your cleanser seasonally : Opting for a soothing gel cream during Winter will aid in replenishing your skin and soothe sensitivity. (Try Dermalogica’s UltraCalming Cleanser*)

2 - Gently exfoliate : It is important to use a gentle exfoliant to sweep away flakey, dull skin cells leaving skin smooth and bright while hydrating the skin at the same time. (Try Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant* and /or the Daily resurfacer*)

3 - Layer hydrating products : Layer on hydration by changing to a heavier weight moisturizer to nourish and protect your skin, and adding a serum if and when recommended by your skin therapist.

4 - Wear minimum SPF daily : Most of us skimp on sunscreen during the winter months however, UV rays are just as harmful in the Winter as they are in the Summer. (Try the Solar Defense Booster SPF30* which blends in with your moisturizer or foundation for a convenient SPF boost)

Watch the video!

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«Cabaret Parisien» NYE Gala at Le Place d'Armes Hôtel

Celebrate New Years at Le Place d’Armes Hotel & Suites’ «Cabaret Parisien» Gala. You’ll be immersed into the magical world of the extravagant and famous Parisian cabaret.

A gastronomic dinner, fabulous entertainment, and spectacular surprises with a dose of glamour will ensure a truly memorable New Years Eve experience! We invite you to dress up glamourously for the occasion and possibly win the title of « Madame et Monsieur Cabaret Parisien ». The winner will win a beautiful painting prepared specially for this event by artist Marie-Hélène Lamy (mhlamy@hotmail.com, (514) 766-9865) and worth $3000.

«Cabaret Parisien» Gala

December 31 2011, at 8pm Le Place D’Armes Banquet hall 6 course menu with a glass of bubbly included at midnight DJ Escobar and Master of Ceremony 150$ taxes and service included

Enhance your New Years Eve experience with a stay at Le Place d’Armes Hotel by taking advantage of the NYE package which includes a minimum of a 2 night stay and tickets to the «Cabaret Parisien» NYE Gala. For more information on the package and/or to reserve, please contact 514.904.1201 or click here.

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Book your holiday dinner party at Le Place D'Armes Hôtel & Suites!

The weather outside may be frightful,
but Le Place D’Armes is most delightful!

Still looking for where to book for your holiday dinner? Whether your occasion is an office party, a family gathering or dinner amongst friends, Le Place d’Armes will host you and your guests to celebrate the holidays!

Join Montreal’s tasteful crowd in a glamorous setting at Suite 701, enjoy local Quebec cooking with the finest ingredients at Aix Cuisine du Terroir or a design your night by booking a private dinner or party in the hotel’s unique and chic banquet rooms.

Reserve now!

514.842.1887 www.hotelplacedarmes.com www.suite701.com www.aixcuisine.com

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Gaspar Tavern: An exciting new venue on the rue de la Commune

The Antonopoulos Group is pleased to announce the opening of a new restaurant in Old Montreal, the Gaspar Tavern. Adding to the Group’s many establishments in the neighborhood, the Gaspar Tavern will be influential on the rue de la Commune, near the Auberge du Vieux-Port.

At the helm, Zach Suhl, the former owner of the Brunoise Restaurant and Brewery and Chef Mario Guerrera, former Executive Chef of the W Hotel and Sous Chef of the Cube Restaurant. The Chef will offer accessible and comforting cuisine inspired by British Gastro Pubs with French and Quebecois accents. Among the house specialties, a trio of savory tarts, scallops with pork belly and butterflied Cornish hen, in addition to the “Special of the Day” offering traditional dishes. Local beers on tap will be featured, including the Gaspar house beer, a Montreal lager prepared by the brewers of MTL Premium Lager. In addition, classic and creative cocktails, a wide selection of spirits, and a carefully selected wine list, will be offered.

Led by principles of authenticity and friendliness, the design of the tavern has been entrusted to Camdi Design. Raw materials, tables and oak woodwork, brass accents, antique mirrors and fixtures all perfectly complement the stone walls and the original signature of the room, nestled in an old 19th century warehouse. The long bar made of joists and beams salvaged during the structural work is crowned by a copper counter and completed by a raw bar where one can sit and watch the scaler prepare trays of oysters and seafood. The Gaspar Experience will be complemented with an eclectic background music mix of indie, classic rock, blues and folk. The tavern’s seating capacity will be 120, and in the summer season will overflow with an additional 60 on a terrace on the rue de la Commune. It will also have a room accommodating up to 60 people, available to patrons for the organization of private events.

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