Whet your appetite for Homecoming 2017

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Jasonsensation Kazu pic collageFor Jason Chan, BSc, MDCM’11, whose Instagram is featured above, October’s Homecoming celebrations were an opportunity to revisit his favourite Montreal restaurants such as Kazu.

Chan, a family physician, was in from Charlottetown, PEI, with wife, speech language pathologist Emily Campbell, MSc(A)’09. The plan: to combine Homecoming events, including a house party organized by the Medicine Class of 2011, with some good, old-fashioned foodie tourism.

Homecoming is synonymous with good food for many.

This gang from the Medicine Class of 1982 attends Homecoming every year. A great excuse to visit Montreal—and indulge in such culinary pleasures as smoked meat. (Photo: Nicolas Morin)

This gang from the Medicine Class of 1982 attends Homecoming every year. A great excuse to visit Montreal—and indulge in such culinary pleasures as smoked meat. (Photo: George Mavitzis)

One quartet from the Medicine Class of 1982 prefers not to wait for a milestone anniversary to indulge in Montreal cravings. Every year, Kenneth Danylchuk, Michael Leckie, Robert Flood and Ronald Tremblay make their way from Colorado, Gatineau and Ontario for a weekend of Homecoming-inspired hijinks. They hit the Leacock Luncheon, the 25th Anniversary CME seminar and a hockey game. And they eat smoked meat.

In this, they are not alone. Many out-of-town alumni come to Homecoming seeking two things: smoked meat and poutine.

After the traditional 25th Anniversary Class CME seminar, these two announced their intention to seek out the city’s best poutine. Their destination? La Banquise on rue Rachel. (Photo: Anne Chudobiak)

After the traditional 25th Anniversary Class CME seminar, these two announced their intention to seek out the city’s best poutine. Their destination? La Banquise on rue Rachel. (Photo: Anne Chudobiak)

But if you haven’t been in town for five, ten or fifty years, how do you know where to eat? There is usually one Reunion Class Dinner, held at a venue on campus or very nearby, but there are other meals, where you are free to roam farther afield.

That’s where the friends, family and candidates of the Medicine Class of 2019 come in. They kindly shared their “top resto picks” with us, during the “Donning of the Healer’s Habit” White Coat Ceremony earlier this fall. We share them with you now in anticipation of Homecoming 2017.

This grandmother-granddaughter pair recommended two Montreal institutions: Moishes and Gibbys. (Photo: Anne Chudobiak)

This grandmother-granddaughter pair recommended two Montreal institutions: Moishes and Gibbys. (Photo: Anne Chudobiak)

Moishes,” said Kathe Wulf, proud grandmother of Med-2 student Leandra Rabinovitch, referring to one of the longest-running restaurants in the city, located on the Main. “It’s the best. The place to go.”

Rabinovitch chimed in with a recommendation for another steakhouse, Gibbys, at its historic Old Montreal location.

There is also Ristorante Beatrice on Sherbrooke St. West, said Med-2 parent Martha Cassotta. “They’re very good.”

Ristorante Beatrice is a favourite caterer at Homecoming. Pictured: bouchées at the Dean’s all-class cocktail reception, House Call. (Photo: George Mavitzis)

Ristorante Beatrice is a favourite caterer at Homecoming. Pictured: bouchées at the Dean’s all-class cocktail reception, House Call. (Photo: George Mavitzis)

Cassota had another recommendation for alumni looking for an excuse to explore neighbourhoods beyond the downtown core: Greek restaurant Rôtisserie Panama, with locations in Parc Extension, Dollard-des-Ormeaux and Laval.

Students Jessica Lu and Melissa McDonald gave multiple suggestions: Milos on avenue du Parc, Le Club Chasse et Pêche on rue St-Claude (on the site of the former Le Fadeau) and Toqué, originally on rue St-Denis, now at place Jean-Paul-Riopelle. “There’s Jardin Nelson in the Old Port. They have a terrasse, a whole courtyard, with heaters and everything.”

Katia Bernard, parent of a Med-2 student, also recommended Old Montreal as a great destination for foodie alumni. “Jellyfish. The setting is beautiful. The food is different, really amazing.”

She was anticipating the October opening of Tiradito, which she described as “Peruvian and Japanese fusion,” a combination that had yet to arrive in Montreal. The restaurant is named for a Japanese-influenced Peruvian dish that resembles a fish carpaccio, she explained.

Bernard’s final suggestion was Damas, a Syrian restaurant that recently relocated from avenue du Parc to avenue Van Horne in Outremont. “They have a mixologist—really good cocktails!”

“There are so many restaurants in Montreal that you could eat for 15 years and never go back to the same one,” said Thiago Silva, who was at the Ceremony to cheer on his girlfriend.

“And more are coming,” said Bernard, with excitement, which is why we urge you to start planning your Homecoming 2017 visit ASAP and to share your top restaurants in the comments section below for all to enjoy.

Save the dates for Homecoming 2017: Thursday, October 12 to Saturday, October 14! We welcome everyone, but celebrate milestone reunions for alumni whose class year ends in 2 or 7. For more information, please contact Advancement Associate Cynthia Liu at 514-398-6044 or cynthia DOT liu AT mcgill DOT ca. Let us help you plan a class reunion dinner on campus or within easy walking distance.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article represent those of the interview subjects and do not reflect a policy or endorsement on the part of the McGill Faculty of Medicine.

 

 

 

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