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To celebrate the Festival d’été de Québec, Canadian grocer Metro is holding cooking workshops through July 19. The events, which feature products from Quebec and elsewhere, take place three times a day in the Metro Kitchen in Québec City’s Place d’Youville. Under the supervision of chefs from the Le Saint-Amour restaurant, participants prepare meals from ingredients found at Metro. The summer festival and workshops both began July 9.
“The concept of the Metro Kitchen fits in beautifully with the festival in that it celebrates the pleasures of eating well, a basic principle at Metro,” said Metro director of corporate affairs Marie-Claude Bacon. “We also want to remind people about the importance of eating foods produced locally, since Quebec abounds with top-quality products. This fact is outlined in our ‘Quebec at Your Table’ program, which encourages Metro customers to purchase products produced and grown in Quebec.”
The user-friendly, fully functioning Metro Kitchen features a central island where 12 participants can easily interact with the chef. At each workshop, held daily at 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. during the festival, 12 participants will be selected on a “first come, first served” basis. Amateur chefs and festival attendees can pick up printed copies of the world music-inspired recipes created by the chefs.
A partner of the Festival d'été de Québec for the past 14 years, Montreal-based Metro, Inc. operates almost 600 grocery stores under several banners, including Metro, Metro Plus, A&P, Super C and Food Basics, as well as 250 drugstores under the Brunet, Clini Plus, The Pharmacy and Drug Basics banners.