Food & Drink

Le 9e, Montreal (Eaton Centre) Culture

Bringing a Montreal icon back to life 

The ninth-floor restaurant at the Eaton's store on Sainte-Catherine Street was renowned for its Art Deco style and officially recognized as a historic monument by the Quebec government. Georges Drolet, an architect with expertise in heritage buildings, played a leading role in the downtown landmark's rebirth.

Gail Simmons on set People

She’s a key ingredient in Top Chef’s huge success

When Gail Simmons began working as a judge on Top Chef, she had no way of knowing that she was about to become part of an enduring cultural phenomenon.

Anika Sawni, pouring a Grüvi People

Having a Grüvi time without alcohol

At a time when health experts are urging people to dramatically cut down on their alcohol consumption, Anika Sawni, BA&Sc’19, the co-founder of Grüvi, is inviting consumers to give her company's award-winning non-alcoholic beers, wines and sangria a try.

Aspire Food Group co-founders Mohammed Ashour and Gabe Mott (Photo: Aspire Food Group) Society

Why the future of farming might be … bugs?

In 2013, five McGill MBA students won the $1 million Hult Prize with a unique idea for addressing world hunger – insect protein. A decade later, that victory has led to a pair of businesses that want us to think about crickets and palm larvae in a whole new way.

Anne-Sophie Brazeau and Daiva Nielsen sitting together Health

Exploring nutrition through a high-tech lens

McGill’s Clinical Nutrition Research Unit, a key part of the School of Human Nutrition at Macdonald Campus, has a new home and vastly improved infrastructure for cutting-edge studies. The CNRU is pursuing a wide variety of projects with one common ingredient – the instrumental role that nutrition plays in keeping us healthy.

Sharon Wilensky co-manages Wilensky’s Light Lunch, which is marking its 90th anniversary this year (Photo: Christinne Muschi) People

It’s not just the family business, it’s a Montreal landmark

Mordecai Richler wrote about it. Anthony Bourdain called it a “national treasure.” As the co-owner of Wilensky’s Light Lunch, Sharon Wilensky, BA’82, DipEd’87, isn’t just looking after the family restaurant, she is co-managing an iconic Montreal institution. 

Leonora Indira King is the founder of the Parc-Ex Curry Collective (Photo: Owen Egan and Joni Dufour) People

Cumin, coriander and a sense of community

PhD student and community organizer Leonora Indira King, MSc’17, is the driving force behind the Parc-Ex Curry Collective, an initiative that provides non-status immigrant women with an empowering opportunity to benefit from their culinary skills. 

Hugo Duchesne sitting in a wine cellar with a glass of wine People

An expert navigator for the world of wine

The discipline he learned as a McGill graduate student has served Hugo Duchesne, MA’02, well in his role as one of Quebec’s most highly regarded sommeliers. He shares his thoughts on recent wine trends, his favourite wine and cheese pairings, and the stress associated with international competitions.

Claire Saffitz became an online sensation thanks to her inventive work on Bon Appétit's “Gourmet Makes.” Her new cookbook and YouTube channel are devoted to desserts. Culture

Cooking up a new plan

Claire Saffitz, MA’13, became a culinary superstar on "Gourmet Makes," a hugely popular YouTube series in which she whipped up her own home-made versions of beloved snack food staples like Twinkies. She is now starting a new chapter in her career with a new cookbook and YouTube series.

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