Montreal, May 10, 2021
– Warm weather means the opening of the outdoor food court at Jean-Talon Market, with five new companies in the space this spring and summer. Located on the north side of the market and open for the entire season, the new restaurateurs and artisans will contribute their flavours and expertise to the market’s existing ready-to-eat and prepared food options.
“For the last few months, we have been busy recruiting new companies to meet demand for ready-to-eat food. Grouped in a single area near the farmers’ stalls, our new merchants will make market visits even better for shoppers of all ages,” said Nicolas Fabien-Ouellet, executive director of the Corporation de gestion des marchés publics de Montréal.
Two new ready-to-eat options
Montrealers shopping at the market will find two new menus to try:
Cooking to support the community
- Bouffe-moi, a vegetarian and vegan restaurant serving original reinvented comfort food dishes
- La Cabane à Chichis, a Latin American bakery specializing in churros with a variety of delicious fillings and coatings
Robin des bois, a restaurant and charity based on Saint-Laurent Blvd., is also opening in the market to offer dishes prepared by chef Amélie Acloque. Seasonal dishes from gravlax to risotto, including vegetarian options, will be sold ready to be heated and served at home. Visitors will find all the picnic essentials and can even borrow a cart to carry everything. In keeping with the restaurant’s mission, profits from the prepared meals will go to community organizations.
Discover the wonders of lacto-fermentation
A young company founded in November 2020, Ferment is a shop and workshop specializing in lacto-fermented foods. This ancient food preservation technique using water and salt is used for making delicious kimchi, sauerkraut, pickles and soups, all to take away and enjoy at home.
Urban farmers together in a single stall
On May 21, AU/LAB, a lab focused on urban agriculture research, innovation and action, will open at Jean-Talon Market. The stall will showcase the innovative companies that the organization works with. Customers will find vegetables from vertical and rooftop greenhouses, urban honey, cultivated mushrooms and more. They’ll also learn about cooking with insect-based ingredients. All products are from Montreal.
Returning food-service stars
Two of last season’s restaurateurs are back this summer: the Winneburger food truck and Mazorca MTL, which will double the size of its stall with a Latin-inspired cantina focused on local products.
Market visitors have many great meal and snack options:
- Crêperie du Marché, serving gluten-free savoury crepes
- Sandwiches from Première Moisson, Brûlerie aux Quatre Vents and the Dans la Côte butcher shop inside Marché des saveurs du Québec
- empanadas, samosas and market cuisine at chef Jonathan Garnier’s Gourmand d’ici
- poké bowls and sushi from Sushi Shop
- Eastern European sandwiches from Balkani
- Calamari and lobster rolls from Aquamare
- A large selection of oysters from La Boite aux huîtres
Montreal’s public markets are still recruiting merchants, including a second call for applicants issued last week. Other projects and new features are in the works as summer gets into full swing in the city’s public markets, with garden suppliers open and the neighbourhood and solidarity markets opening.
About the Corporation de gestion des marchés publics de Montréal
The Corporation de gestion des marchés publics de Montréal is a social economy enterprise responsible for the planning, development and operation of Montreal’s public markets. Its mission is improve access to fresh food through a network of public markets that brings Montrealers closer to local farmers and agri-food businesses. Since 1993, it has been mandated by the Ville de Montréal to manage the Atwater, Jean-Talon and Maisonneuve markets, six neighbourhood markets and three Solidarity markets. It is a non-profit organization governed by a board of directors composed of five merchants and five residents of the Montreal urban agglomeration. Its membership includes nearly 200 merchants active at the public markets. The Corporation’s network of public markets is frequented by more than three quarters of Montrealers, with more than 3 million visits annually.