Maisonnette Bistro: Quebec as our beloved source of inspiration
Maisonnette Bistro is proud to be a part of the wonderful city of Montreal, Quebec. It is also an endless source of inspiration for us from the food and drinks we serve to the entire atmosphere of our bistro.
If you want to find out more about our bistro and why we are here, the rich history and culture of Quebec can give you great insight. Learn more about Quebec and the bistro here!
Maisonnette Bistro: Tracing the history of Quebec
The rise of Quebec can be traced back from 1534 to 1535 when French explorer Jacques Cartier set foot at present-day Gaspé. In the name of the king of France, he claimed the land and brought with him the 16th-century European traditions to some Indian (First Nations) and Inuit tribes (the Arctic people of Canada) occupying the land for thousands of years.
It was in 1608 when the name Quebec was bestowed on the land. It is an Algonquian word that means ‘where the river narrows’, alluding to the present-day St. Lawrence River and the pastoral Orleans Island.
Shortly after that, permanent European settlers came into a fort established by Samuel de Champlain. It was called Stadacona but is now known as Quebec City. In the next years, more French territories were built that made way for the foundation of New France in 1760.
After the Treaty of Paris in 1763, New France was ceded to Great Britain. However, the British Empire faced a revolution of independence for a decade. With unrest growing in the colonies, the British produced the Quebec Act of 1774 to give the Canadians their first Charter of Rights including the official recognition of the French language and culture.
Maisonnette Bistro: Exploring the culture of Quebec
Quebec is the home of most French-speaking communities in Canada. This gives the province a distinct cultural identity that can be seen in their Quebec nationalism. Its culture also links its historic French roots with its aboriginal heritage, as well as the contributions of recent immigrants and the English-speaking part of North America.
With the influence of Francophone social values, Quebec has a distinct society that fosters a ‘Québécois’ national culture. Be that as it may, Canada has been an increasingly multicultural place throughout the years, giving way to other cultural influences.
Since it became a meeting place for cultures, Quebec features social aspects that include representations in all traditional displays of high culture. This also consists of a long-lasting legacy of jazz and rock music, as well as unique facets in visual arts, theatre, music, and dance.
The proud Canadian truism that involves maple syrup came from Quebec. It was first harvested in the province by farmers in Cabanes à Sucres (meaning ‘sugar shacks’). French-Canadian folk songs such as Alouette or Les Raftsmen often talk about such farm life, as well as other rural chores and exploring the wild.
Moreover, the city of Montreal was dubbed Canada’s Cultural Capital by a known magazine. It is the country’s hub for French-language TV productions, radio, theatre, film, multimedia, and print publishing.
Maisonnette Bistro: Taste the rich history and culture of Quebec in our food
In terms of food, Quebec customs view cooking as one of the fine arts. This is partly because of the influx of migrants coming in the province from the 1960s to the 1970s. The foreign settlers came from many parts of the world, mainly from Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, and France.
Due to their French roots, the upper-class people of Quebec society have a passion for fine dining. While Vancouver is highly concentrated with fine cuisine restaurants, the city of Montreal follows it closely.
Because of their love for food, even small towns take pride in their world-class restos where the chefs and cooks have global reputations. Aside from the distinct flavours of the Québécois cuisine, food from Quebec proudly boasts dishes from the Americas, Northern Africa, Asia, and Europe.
Quebec is the home of dishes that are widely known throughout the rest of Canada, in the northern United States and abroad such as:
- Poutine – It is a dish that emerged in the late 1950s in the Centre-du-Québec area. It consists of french fries and cheese curds. Brown gravy is poured over it before serving.
- Tourtières – It is a meat pie dish that is usually made with minced pork, veal, or beef, and potatoes. Traditionally, it is served as part of the Christmas réveillon and New Year’s Eve meal in Quebec.
- Pâté chinois – It is a savoury casserole pie that is similar to the English shepherd’s pie or the French hachis Parmentier. It has layers of ground beef sauteed with diced onions, canned corn, and mashed potatoes. Pickled eggs or beets are sometimes added to the layers. Sometimes, it can be served with ketchup.
- Soupe aux pois (yellow pea soup) – It is another traditional dish that drew influence from Maine and Vermont cuisines. Whole yellow peas are used with salt-cured pork and herbs for flavour.
- Fèves au lard (baked beans with lard) – It is similar to Boston baked beans but instead of molasses, it uses maple syrup to give the beans a smoky and sweet taste. It is also served with salt pork.
- Cretons spread – It is a forcemeat-style pork spread that also has onions and spices. It is usually eaten with toast as part of the traditional Québécois breakfast.
- Grands-Pères au Sirop d’Érable (maple syrup dumplings) – It is a dessert dumpling dish that is made of ball-shaped cakes cooked in maple syrup. It is usually served in the sugar season in the sugar shacks.
- Pouding chômeur (unemployed man pudding) – It is a dessert cake with a layer of hot syrup or caramel on it. It was believed that female factory workers created the dish in the Great Depression.
- Tire Ste-Catherine (St. Catherine’s taffy) – It is a variety of taffy made to celebrate the feast date of Saint Catherine of Alexandria. Traditionally, it was made by unmarried women for eligible men.
Most of the classic dishes of Quebec are centred on the holidays. Réveillon which is the Christmas Eve (or New Year’s Eve) feast usually highlights dishes such as a bûche de Noël and tourtières. During the spring, the sugar season also influences the cuisine of the province. It is one of the oldest culinary traditions in Quebec.
Maisonnette Bistro: Why Quebec is the driving force behind the bistro’s food
Here at Maisonnette Bistro, we take pride in our eclectic cuisine that is inspired by the flavours and textures known in Quebec, Canada. Our goal is to be a mirror of Quebec from its rich history to its unique culture.
A majority of the people living in the province remain ethnic French-Canadians who are the descendants of a fairly small group of 17th-century colonial settler families. Due to this, the Quebec culture including its cuisine is strongly rooted in that community’s age-old shared rural past.
As proud Quebecers, we at Maisonnette Bistro put all our effort in preserving the historic identity of our province in the face of considerable social and technological change. Be that as it may, we are still open to the influences of other cultures that found their way in Canada.
Enjoy a wide range of Québécois food from traditional dishes to haute cuisine. The bistro specializes in regional cuisine but our chef and his team are continuously crafting contemporary dishes inspired by Quebec and the world.
Our deep love for the province and the city of Montreal can be seen not just in our food but also in our place. The bistro boasts a contemporary market kitchen while the dining area has an eclectic mix of regional cuisine and high-class dining experience.
Enjoy a great meal here at Maisonnette Bistro. Have fun with friends at our sleek cocktail lounge. You can also spend time with your family at the indoor tables or our spacious terrace. Be welcomed by our warm and friendly bistro staff.
It is our utmost goal to form a community with the great people of Quebec. We will make sure you have the best dining experience here and cater to your every need and request from reservations, allergy notices, vegetarian and vegan options, and more.
Moreover, we pride ourselves on creating a place of exploration here at Maisonnette Bistro. It is a space where the love and creativity of the chef and his team can be seen in each dish served in the bistro. With this, we guarantee a one of a kind culinary experience in Quebec!
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