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Restaurant near Bell Center: Organic, Local food

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Restaurant near Bell Center: Organic, Local food

Looking for a restaurant near the Bell Center that is local and organic food, good beer too please, to enjoy before the Eagles concert. Thanks!

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1. Re: Restaurant near Bell Center: Organic, Local food

Green Panther on Rue Mackay is the only organic resto even remotely near the Bell centre that I can think of. But it isn't close by any stretch of the imagination. Not even sure if they have beer.

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Thanks!!

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There are very few organic restaurants in Montreal. In the summer, it's likely possible at affordable prices. In the winter, it's a different story. It's essentially a diet based on fossil fuels and carbon usage... everything has to be flown in.

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Organic food need not be flown in if people eat seasonally, at home and in restaurants. Fall & winter weather calls for switching to cabbage, root veggies, squash, etc and not expecting to be eating summer seasonal produce when it can not be grown locally. It is an easy switch once one gets used to it. Everyone ate this way before food started getting moved all over the globe.

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5. Re: Restaurant near Bell Center: Organic, Local food

Yes, but you have to want to eat that way in the first place.

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6. Re: Restaurant near Bell Center: Organic, Local food

I suppose so but had you been here 200 years ago, there would be no choice. Body functions best when eating in rhythm with the seasons.

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7. Re: Restaurant near Bell Center: Organic, Local food

There are naturally grown vegetables in the city, grown locally, but cannot be certified organic. Almost anything certified as organic has to be flown in unless it has been in storage for months.

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There are organic producers, but the norms for this in Canada are much stricker than in the US. For those reasons, LOCAL organic producers are not mass-producing. You must also understand that while we are neighbours, the climate here is quite harsh and the seasons short, so its hard for producers to compete with states who can produce organic foods year round. Most of them would sell their limited organic goods at the market or have pre-sold it in weekly baskets.

A little context: Organic baskets are a common thing here, you pay a set amount in the spring to reserve the number of baskets you get. The producers have such a hard time and limited crops that you are not guaranteed what types of vegetables you will get. Because it's all organic, crops are prone to insects and other problems making it less predictable.

Anyways, back to the subject! There are few, if any, organic producers here that can feed the restaurant industry. Hence why most organic food in the supermarket is flown in.

As for restaurants, there are only a handful which guarantee serving organic food, most of which are not near the Bell Center, which is sports-bar pre-concert land...

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Well, we used to receive an organic vegetable box but after couple of years of waaaaay too many turnips and beets, we simply gave up. It was nice to know we were buying locally, but we also happen to have a few big farmers markets in this city, so local producers have the ability to sell directly to the public anyway. Organic food is not too common but it can be found, along with just about everything else you could possibly want; not all merchants sell local products, so you do have to read the signs or ask. However, having a outlet for their products allows them to take chances, from choosing different crops to getting their farm (or part of it) certified organic.

In winter, almost everything fresh comes from elsewhere, although there is large-scale greenhouse tomato and cucumber production in Québec -- and even sweet peppers now; on a smaller scale, crops like arugla, chard, or spinach grow well with less light and relatively cooler temperatures which are easier and cheaper to maintain in winter hothouses here.

For restaurants, it's another story -- some of the more expensive restaurants, especially those that bill themselves as cuisine de terroir, will deal directly with local (and some not-so-local) farms and make a point of using local and seasonal food. However, it's awfully hard to charge their prices and use only cabbages and turnips in the winter :)

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10. Re: Restaurant near Bell Center: Organic, Local food

I live in an area with a great organic farm, works great for the summer, but in the winter all the organic food around here is flown in. The winter is just too harsh. The one hundred mile diet would be quite a challenge here in the winter unless you like meat and fish and owned a root cellar.