To celebrate and explore the delectable subject of French culinary arts, the Pointe-à-Callière Museum in the Old Port of Montreal is presenting the exhibition Dinner is Served! The Story of French Cuisine from June 6 to October 13, 2019.

Pointe-à-Callière
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On Wednesday, July 10, thanks to an exclusive event organized by the Museum’s Next Generation of Philanthropists, we were able to take a journey across centuries as we explored the particularities of the French meal — from its ingredients to the know-how of its artisans, its specialties, its traditions, and its current trends.

Pointe-à-Callière
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We were introduced to the political figures, artists, and great chefs who have shaped or even revolutionized the country’s cuisine…

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…as we admired close to a thousand exceptional objects relating to the culinary arts.

Pointe-à-Callière
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Foodies, seasoned and amateur cooks, and fans of fine cuisine could satisfy their curiosity and gain a better understanding of how important French gastronomic heritage is to our cuisine here at home and around the world.

Pointe-à-Callière
© Dan Peres

Dinner is Served! truly is an exhibition to be savored slowly, as you contemplate and appreciate all of the richness of France’s culinary culture.

Pointe-à-Callière
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But if that wasn’t enough the Next-Gen Philanthropists invited us upstairs to partake in Pleins feux sur le Vieux!

Pointe-à-Callière
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A delightful French-style soirée at the Montréal 360o Space, a spectacular glass-walled room on the rooftop of the Pointe-à-Callière Museum!

Montréal 360° Space
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In a party ambiance, guests enjoyed cocktails around a French food station, surrounded by the provocative photography of visual artist Gab Bois.

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Gab Bois © PàC

Above all, this great evening ended on the balcony gazing at portuguese fireworks from the Festival de l’International des Feux.

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Museum Philanthropy: The Next Generation

So who are the Next Generation of Philanthropists? A group of young people from various backgrounds who come together to network and share their love of Montreal, its past, its present, and its future in a relaxed atmosphere. They endeavour to make a tangible contribution to development and community outreach at one of Montreal’s leading cultural institutions.

Pointe-à-Callière
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Why join them?

    • Meet enthusiastic people who share your interests.
    • Expand your circle of friends and acquaintances.
    • Attend exclusive cocktail parties and discover the city’s secrets.
    • Get all the benefits enjoyed by Members of Pointe-à-Callière.
    • Get to know more about the world of philanthropy.
    • Actively support the Pointe-à-Callière Foundation and promote Montreal and its history.

That way you won’t miss their next exclusive event on December 5, 2019. It’s an Inca-themed Speakeasy in the D’Youville Pumping Station!

Pointe-à-Callière
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So here is what you need to know about the Pointe-à-Callière Next-Gen Philanthropists:

Membership Pricing
18-30 years old: $50 for 1 year, $80 for 2 years
31-45 years old: $100 for 1 year and $160 for 2 years
Website
pacmusee.qc.ca/en/support-the-museum/philantropic-tradition
Instagram
@releve_pac

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Photo credit: Dan Peres

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