For the second year in a row, CBC’s radio show Quebec AM has asked me to come up with a few Quebec-made gift ideas for their foodie listeners; a great opportunity to showcase artists and artisans who dedicate their lives to creating the tastiest of products.
Quebec AM is broadcasted all over the province of Quebec –except in Montreal- and I put together a list of gift ideas from as far and wide as possible, with suggestions mostly made available to buy online.
Danielle Ricard and Jean-Pierre Lavoie have an indoor culture of oyster mushrooms (pleurotte) in La Malbaie, at the bottom of Mont Grand Fond. After more than 8 years of research and development, they’ve come up with a technique where they grow mushrooms out of a bucket. It’s a very unique production and one of the very few in North America. All of their products are made in La Malbaie: from the oyster mushroom spawn to the transformation into all sorts of products.
Available online HERE.
Anicet Desrocher is one of the few organic honey producer in the province of Quebec. His Queens are sold all over Canada. I recommend you watch the documentary La Reine Malade by Pascal Sanchez to truly understand Anicet’s work.
Miels d’Anicet is located in Ferme Neuve in the high Laurentians. There, you’ll find some of the best honey I have ever tasted in my life. A exceptional opportunity to taste a product where nature has a direct influence on the results. I highly recommend his soaps that I have used for the past two years.
Available online HERE.
3-Saison Industrielle, a collaborative beer from Quebec City.
Here’s the Reader’s Digest version of this beer’s story…
It’s the story of a guy called François Lebel, owner of Tabagie de la Place in Saint-Roch. A real beer enthusiast! He and his friends from Noctem Artisans Brasseurs came up with the idea of brewing a Saint-Roch feel beer. Since the brewing tanks were not yet installed in Noctem, they asked Jean of Farnham Ale & Lager to brew the beer.
The Saison Industrielle recipe is in the typical Belgian Saison style, but with a higher than usual International Bitterness Unit (IBU). Higher IBU is a very trendy taste in beer. This one has a very refreshing citrus taste with a sharp, yet not overwhelming, bitterness that resembles that of IPAs.
The Saison Industrielle is available on tap at Noctem Artisan Brasseurs and in a can at Tabagie de la Place both located in Saint-Roch.
Fred Jourdain is a local graphic artist from Limoilou. He’s collaborated in the past with Robert Lepage to create the very popular book, Le Dragon Bleu. Fred Jourdain is also the creative mastermind behind some of the most artistic beer labels in the world. His labels are featured on the Trou du Diable beer bottles.
Art inside and out of the bottles!
In 2015, two of the Trou du Diable beers have been recognized by the World Beers awards in England as the best beers in the world: La Saison du Tracteur and Les 4 Surfeurs de l’Apocalypso as the world’s best IPAs. The Sang d’Encre beer label received the title of World’s Best Label Design in the Stout & Porter category.
You can buy art from Fred Jourdain’s website HERE.
Christian Michaud is the artisan behind Parallèle Soixante objects made in Limoilou. He creates serving trays, spoons, cutting boards, etc. out of wood with absolutely no dies, only wax as protection.
Michaud works with a variety of wood essences including black walnut, maple and cherry trees. You can buy Parallèle Soixante objects at La Folle Fourchette on 3e Avenue in Limoilou and at the Musée National des Beaux-Arts de Québec boutique in Quebec City.
6-Celebrate in style this holiday season with Trésor du large oysters, the only oyster grown in Quebec.
Trésor du large is a truly unique oyster. It is the first oyster cultivated in Quebec, on the coast of the Magdalene Islands. Trésor du Large are surprisingly saltier than PEI oysters. They truly taste like the freshness of the sea! Highly recommended to initiate a palate to the taste of oysters.
Ask your local fish store for Trésor du Large oysters. In Quebec City, Jef Poissonnerie in Saint-Roch carries them.
Trésor du Large sell for about 1,99$ an oyster.