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Montreal chef Paul Toussaint is hosting a three-course dinner party downtown, and you're invited

Skip the sweatpants and fried chicken delivery for a change and come dine at this intimate, one-night-only event with one of the best chefs in the city.

JP Karwacki
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JP Karwacki

For one night only, Haitian chef Paul Harry Toussaint is inviting Montrealers to join him for an exclusive three-course dinner party with drink pairings at Time Out Market Montréal. Be it date night or girls' night, this Parole de Chef event (a Chef's Talk) is a great reason to get out of the house.

Come learn about Toussaint's travels, inspirations and influences with a never-before-tasted experience on November 2: Beginning with a cocktail and a conversation with local Black luminary Carla Beauvais, Toussaint will dish out three meticulously crafted creations that explore his personal roots in Haiti and Canada, his history with food, and his signature style in the kitchen throughout the evening.

Listen to the chef's story between the lines

Paul was born in 1987 in Jacmel, Haiti’s artistic epicenter. He later moved to Montreal, Canada, to complete his college education and enroll in law school, as he was expected to become a lawyer. Realizing it was not his calling, he dropped out only to graduate a few years later, top of his class, from culinary studies at Montreal’s LaSalle College.

This major achievement opened doors for the up-and-coming chef. Paul gained experience in some of the city’s best kitchens, including that of the famed and favourite Toqué!. He remained there for two years, during which he honed his culinary skills, and in 2012, he was involved in the drafting of the restaurant’s coveted cookbook, Toqué! Creators of a new Quebec gastronomy. 

In 2013, the chef Paul returned to Haiti to share his passion for cooking with young culinary students. He taught at École Hôtelière and provided culinary training and lectures at the French Institute in Haiti. Chef Paul gained notoriety amongst his peers and was sought out to provide culinary consultation for some of Haiti’s well-known hospitality establishments.

A year later, chef Paul was called upon to join one of Haiti’s most anticipated restaurants, Asú. Located at the Karibe Hotel, Asú Rooftop Lounge exhibits one of the country’s most innovative and modern culinary concepts. As its executive chef, Paul was able to develop his unique signature style, and he quickly built an indelible legacy.

Chef Paul returned to Canada in 2017, where he joined the team at Agrikol restaurant as its executive chef. A favourite of locals and international celebrities alike, Agrikol was a celebration of Haitian gastronomy and an homage to its rich culture. Pursuing his quest to showcase the epicurean jewels of his home country, he joined some of Montreal’s most renowned chefs at the city’s new Time Out Market, in November 2019.

What's on the menu?

First course

Sea bream ceviche (scotch bonnet oil, lime, yuzu and root chips)
A not-so-classic margarita with calamansi

Second course

Djondjon risotto served with Jerk chicken
Carignan-Grenache-Mourvèdre-Syrah (Domaine La Madura, Saint Chinian, France)

Third course

Haitian Chocolate Moelleux (dulce de leche mousse, cayenne tuile wafer)
Haitian coffee (Barbancourt and cremaglacé)

When is it and where can I get tickets?

The event is taking place on November 2, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. for pre-drinks, and the event running from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Tickets are $75 plus taxes, and need to be purchased in sets of two due to current restrictions around COVID-19—no big deal, though, right? Wouldn't this be better experienced with someone you know?

Tickets can be purchased here

Paul Toussaint, Time Out Market Montréal
Photograph: Patricia Brochu

The first Parole de Chef event at Time Out Market Montréal with chef Paul Toussaint will take place on November 2 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; tickets to the event can be purchased here at a minimum of a table for two. Note that this event will take place only in French.

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