Monday, March 8th was International Women's Rights Day and in this article we want to celebrate some of our favorite restaurateurs. In the restaurant field, which is mainly dominated by men, it is important to underline the work carried out by these women who stand out day after day.
Juliette Brun from Juliette et Chocolat
Juliette Brun is an inspiring entrepreneur having opened several locations around Greater Montreal. Her restaurants and chocolate factories offer both savory and sweet dishes. Known for her love of chocolate, you'll brownies, fondues, hot chocolates and pancakes in all of her branches or online stores. You can also learn more about how to replicate some of her recipes at home with her recipe book.
Sylvie Gagnon from Dame Tartine
Sylvie Gagnon is at the head of the four Dame Tartine restaurants. These restaurants have been serving you delicious brunches and dinners 7 days a week, every day since 2002. It is even possible to recreate the experience at home, as they sell their coffee in 200g format in all of their branches. When the rooms are open, take a tour to (re) discover the excellent atmosphere it is famous for!
Ada Gallo from Pizza Motta
Located in Montreal, Pizza Motta is a caterer, bakery, pizzeria, restaurant, and grocery store! They have been an institution for several years in Little Italy. Discover the quality and refined Italian products they have to offer. Owner Ada Gallo is passionate about everything she does and if you meet her during your visit, you will be swept away by her passion and love for her culture and food. Let yourself be tempted by one of their pizzas, their lunch box (sandwiches), veal parmesan, or eggplant parmigiana!
MJ Guertin of Mimi & Jones
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MJ Guertin, owner of Sata Sushi recently opened Mimi & Jones. This entirely vegan "diner" will quickly make you forget about meat! MJ Guertin has made it her mission to pass on her love of vegan cuisine to Montrealers. Discover dishes like Jones croquettes, Mimi burger, cheeseburger, or even its ravioli. Visit their website to find out more about their projects: https://www.clubvegangels.com/vegangels .
Minh Tran is one of the owners of Ohana Sushi Végane located on Mont-Royal. One of the rare places to serve completely gluten-free sushi, discover several specialties such as "black angel ", spicy poke, maki 911, or spicy lemongrass soup. Other gluten-free but vegan options are possible, such as tempura maki, fried dumplings, or the house specialty Geiko. This is a great place to eat healthy and enjoy.
Sandra Intili from Riccardos
Sandra Intili has been co-owner of restaurant Riccardos since 2001. Located in Dollard-des-Ormeaux, she makes it a top priority to use high quality ingredients and make guests feel like a member of the family on every visit. Several choices of pizzas, pasta, salads, traditional starters, and desserts are available for take out. They also sell homemade sauces such as meat, rosé, and Alfredo so you can enjoy them with your family at home!
Sophie Tabet from Chez Sophie
This haute cuisine chef grew up in Montreal but worked for many years in Michelin-starred restaurants in France and Relais-et-Châteaux. She also studied with the greatest of French gastronomy at the Institut Paul Bocuse. She met her husband in Italy, an expert sommelier, and returned to Montreal to open Chez Sophie. It currently offers a take-out tasting menu starting at $85. The menu changes with the seasons to have the freshest ingredients possible. When the dining rooms reopen, I highly recommend that you take a look around and experience hospitality at it's finest.
Helena Loureiro from Helena
Born in Portugal, this chef has been in the Montreal restaurant scene since 1990 and opened her first restaurant in 2003: Portus Calle. Through her dishes, you will feel her love of Portuguese cuisine. You can order their delicious dishes and they will deliver directly to your home or location of your choice. Take your palate on a journey with flavors that will bring you back to the summer sun!
This amazing entrepreneur began her career in fashion and then changed course and followed her passion into restaurants and catering. Having hosted her show on Zeste, she promotes quality organic products in all of her establishments. Bird Bar is known for its fried chicken made with grain-fed chicken from Ferme des Voltigeurs. The recipe is made up of ingredients that are 40 to 60% reduced in fat. Miss Prêt à manger is a catering service that currently offers salads, lunch boxes, sandwiches, and smoothies. Henden and Monsieur Bar are currently closed, but I invite you to visit both addresses when the bars can reopen!
Dyan Solomon has been a co-owner of Olive and Gourmando since 1998, Foxy since 2015, and the newest Un Po di Più arrived in 2018. Dyan Solomon published a cookbook in 2019 titled: Olive and Gourmando: The Recipes. You can also find Foxy and Olive and Gourmando at the Time Out Market. Olive et Gourmando is known as serving some of the best sandwiches in Montreal, Foxy offers a refined Italian menu, and Un Po di Più replicates an Italian refreshment bar where you eat and drink well in a friendly atmosphere! In short, A woman who succeeds in everything she touches!
Geneviève Everell from Sushi à la maison
There is so much to say about this woman. Starting from a difficult childhood, she has built her path and network over the years to become the inspiring woman we know today. Speaker, radio host, communications pro, author, home chef, and above all sushi queen, these are just part of her affinities. Not only can you find many of her products in your favorite grocery store, but it is possible to live the experience at home with her in-home chef service. If you are from Montreal (Hochelaga), Blainville, or Quebec City, you can also experience a sushi counter at home.
Before writing this article, I knew that Montreal had several inspiring women in the restaurant business, but reading about each one inspired me to want to surpass myself. Hats off to the hard work of each of these women and all those I couldn't name who help make Montreal's culinary scene shine.