Royal Couple learns how to make some traditional Québécois dishes

A cooking class and dinner is a typical date-night activity for a number of young marrieds. But when the couple in question is the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the hour-long cooking class takes weeks to prepare, and the dinner gets the full-on chef treatment.

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Quebec: Salon Passion Chocolat & Cie

When you think chocolate, does your mind automatically take you to to Belgium, or do you think of a particular brand like Godiva. Well, now it’s time to shift your thoughts in an alternative direction. When you think chocolate – think Quebec.

Now in its fifth year, Salon Passion Chocolat & Cie is putting the focus on Quebec chocolate and the wonderful influx of chocalatiers now making their home in Canada. The longstanding European traditions of making rich, luxurious and tantalizing chocolate is honored and celebrated in this unique and educational chocolate affair.

The festival takes place from November 20-22nd in Montreal at the Marche Bonsecours.This year’s program will feature entertainment, tastings, demonstrations and shopping. It also includes a very popular event that blends imagery and taste for a very different kind of competion. Chef Marc Chiecchio from Patisserie Marius et Fanny of Laval is the artistic consultant for the delectable  “Chocolate Hats Parade and Competion.” This year’s theme, “Christmas in all its Splendour,”  is sure to evoke savory creations of holiday cheer. The Food Network’s host of Glutton for Punishment, Bob Glumer, joins the festivities as a competitor under the tutelage of of Christophe Morel from Christophe Morel Chocolatier and the chocolaterie teacher, Tu Tan Pho, from the Chocolate Academy of Barry Callebaut in St-Hyacinthe.

On the last day of Salon Passion Chocolat & Cie, the organizers have included a new activity that will be sure to please the most passionate chocolate connoiseurs. – a silent auction. Many chocolatiers will create entirely chocolate masterpieces. The chocoate creations  will be on display at the salon then the silent auction will take place. The highest bidder will be rewarded with their own piece de resistance to bring home to display or delightfully devour.

For more information about the Salon Passion Chocolat & Cie 2009:  telephone # 416.925.3666 , email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or visit

Article by Monica Johnson