I’ve just relocated to Montreal for the fall season and have come across an awesome project going on nearby: Terra Perma Chez Fabergé.
In a nutshell, Terra Perma Chez Fabergé is a pop-up restaurant whose mission is to cultivate a connection between diners, their food and the land and farmers who grow their meals.
Terra Perma is actually the name of the farm and eco-project where the majority of the produce for the pop-up restaurant is being grown. It is 850 acres of land in Quebec’s Laurentians, mostly still forested with a few skilled settlers who are hoping to create a completely self-sustaining community in the future.
To help the farm meet its goals and to share its bounty with Montreal, Terra Perma hosts events seasonally to feature the produce of their land including rich maple syrups, beautiful fruits and veggies and of course all their homemade preserves.
Spearheading the restaurant portion of the event is Laurence Barchichat who is also a permaculturalist and apparent sheep whisperer (she raises sheep at Terra Perma). In order help the pop-up come to life and to grow the connections between farm-to-table dining, Laurence enlisted the help of the seasoned chef duo, Stovetrotter, comprised of Oliver Truesdale-Jutras and Phoebe Oviedo.
These chefs have a solid background in sustainable food harvesting and are well versed when it comes to the world of pop-ups.
Together, Laurence and Stovetrotter developed a robust, full flavoured food and drink menu which features a foraged-food platter of fiddleheads, krauts, kimchis etc., juicy tomato salads topped with goats cheese, thick wedges of seared and caramelized cabbage and lets not forget their unique cocktails to match- sumac infused bourbon anyone?
More than anything, what I love about this project is how it allows the space for dialogue around food and sustainability issues. As the tapas roll into each table, Laurence and her team have the opportunity to tell the story of the farm and its products. In addition, every evening the pop-up also hosts a charming market where homesteaders from the farm sell their goods, and speak about their experiences with the Terra Perma project. Many people from the neighbourhood stop by to chat and share their ideas, and it’s these kinds of conversations that plant the seeds for change when it comes to shifting to a more ecologically ethical lifestyle.
It’s wonderful to have a taste of the harvest and interact with people living off the land while still in the city. I send warm congratulations to the Terra Perma crew.
If you find yourself hungry for some vegetarian eats and are in the Montreal area, check out Terra Perma Chez Fabergé in the Mile End. They are open in the evening at Fabergé restaurant every Thursday, Friday and Saturday until October 28th. And if you can’t make it then but are itching to get out the city, visit the actual project Terra Perma in the Laurentians. There you’ll find a wellness centre, the veggie patches, lakes to cool off in and a host of other activities. Visit their website for more information: https://terraperma.ca/en/.
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