Good living, including fine food, has long been held in esteem in Quebec. Its French heritage is evident in its cuisine and regional specialties, but so too is its North American climate. Artisan cheese and maple syrup, foie gras and apples are just some examples of what makes eating in Quebec so grand. Learn more below. Know of something that should be here? Tell us about it!
Quebec Seasonal Produce
Quebec is famous for its delicious apples and wild blueberries, as well as traditional French items like Belgian endive and shallots. Learn what to expect when with this Guide to Quebec Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables.
Quebec Food Baskets
Quebec Artisan CheeseIts French heritage and green pastures has led Quebec to establish an enviable farmstead cheese industry centered on small family operations. Brie, Camembert, triple cream, and blue are all made, as well as aged cheddar. Cabriole, Mamirolle, Le Metis, Bluebry, Ermite, Le Pied de vent, and Le Bleu de la Montonniere are all worth looking for.
Quebec Foie Gras
Its French heritage is also evident in its foie gras production. There are some large, but mainly small farms that raise ducks and geese for their fattened, rich livers. One such farm, Au Gout d'Autrefois, uses humane, no-forced-feeding methods to create this culinary specialty.
Poutine - a big bowl of French fries, fresh cheese curds, and brown gravy - originated in Quebec. Diner cooks and fine restaurant chefs have played with the combination, adding everything from mushrooms to sweet potatoes, lobster to foie gras. Learn more About Poutine here.
Montreal bagels are smaller, chewier, and sweeter than their New York counterparts. Egg and honey in the dough and being cooked in wood-fired ovens makes all the difference. Learn more about Montreal Bagels.
Montreal Smoked Meat
The uninitiated may dismiss Montreal smoked meat as so much pastrami, and this regional specialty certainly sounds a lot like pastrami: a brisket, seasoned and smoked and sliced into a rye bread sandwich. One big difference, however, makes Montreal smoked meat unique: it is steamed after being smoked. The result is a supremely tender meat. Learn more About Montreal Smoked Meat here.
Tartes au Sucre
The best description of tartes au sucre is a pecan pie without the pecans. They are intensely sweet, with a ooey-gooey filling in a basic pie crust. The best versions, in my humble opinion, are made with maple syrup. Learn more About Tartes au Sucre here.