As part of the series of socio-culinary events linked to Theater of Life, the Phi Centre invites discerning gourmets to two dinners that promise to delight the heart, mind, and palate. Each sophisticated menu will include some surprising “finds” that would otherwise have ended up in the trash can!
1- Six hands dinner with Enrique Olvera, John Winter Russell and Patrice Demers
On May 28, renowned Chef Enrique Olvera (Pujol) will turn up the heat to create an unforgettable feast in partnership with his two accomplices, local chefs John Winter Russell (Candide) and Patrice Demers (Patrice Pâtissier). Designed exclusively for this event, this inspired and inspiring repast will also include ingredients rescued from food surplus. Olvera’s attention to detail has earned him an international reputation as chef of the Mexican restaurant Pujol. He will pull out all the stops to astonish his guests and prove that it is quite possible to turn food waste into a work of culinary art.
The chefs will be joined by Daniela Soto-Innes (Cosme), Marie-Fleur St-Pierre (Tapeo et Mesón), Alexandre Loiseau (ex-Cocagne) and Guillaume Cantin (ex-400 Coups).
A portion of the earnings will be donated to La Tablée des Chefs to help the non-profit organization to fulfill its mission, which aims to feed people in need and to develop culinary education towards teenagers across Quebec.
2- Gala dinner with Massimo Bottura
On May 27, renowned chef Massimo Bottura will combine his culinary skills with creativity at a gala dinner inspired by Refettorio Ambrosiano, a soup kitchen in Greco, a disadvantaged neighbourhood in the suburbs of Milan, using food that would otherwise be tossed to feed the neediest members of society. Guests will dine in an exclusive atmosphere featuring decorative works of art made from recycled materials combining beauty with an environmental conscience. Preceded by a cocktail party, this feast worthy of a Michelin-starred restaurant will be served at long tables to create a shared dining experience that will be a treat for the senses.
Massimo Bottura will be joined by João Dias (Ferreira), Chris Cook, Antonio Park (Park and Lavanderia), Takeshi Horinoue (Lavanderia) and Laurent Godbout.
A portion of the earnings will be donated to La Tablée des Chefs and the Food For Soul Foundation (a non-profit organization founded by Massimo Bottura to promote social awareness about foodwaste and hunger).
Photo credit: Triplex Films (cover - Refettorio Ambrosiano)