Last night was held the From the streets to the stars Event which I told you about in an earlier post below. A foodie twist on a fund-raising evening for homeless youth, the night saw 10 chefs from 10 top Montreal restaurants battling it out and reinventing one of the street foods par excellence, hamburgers.
For the first time in its 8-year history, the event was sold out. I can testify that the Belvedere in Old Montreal’s Science Centre was full to the brim with a crowd of young urban professionals — are they still called yuppies? — who came to bust a gut for a good cause. I must admit I stopped around burger #8 from sheer bun exhaustion, but I know some (and I could name names) who actually went for thirds. The honour system was no match for these burger banditos.
In the end, St-Urbain and chef Marc-André Royal won the public vote, for the second year in a row, this time with their osso bucco hamburger made with braised veal shank and duck fat brioche.
The judges chose Ferreira Café’s spicy trio meat burger on a Portuguese bun.
Both were faves of mine, after my own personal best though: Kitchenette’s fried chicken chili cheeseburger. What can I say, I’m a sucker for big bold taste.
Surprisingly only two hamburgers were actually made with beef, which may have influenced the jury’s decision? A beef patty cooked medium-rare, a just toasted brioche: chef Marino Tavares delivered well-made, classic food in keeping with his Café’s solid reputation.
Catherine Lefebvre, the super blogger nutritionist, pointed out to me how strange that no chef presented a vegetarian variation, considerably less costly than Angus beef when you’re living in the street. Words to the wise?
To all the chefs, congrats. And to all of you who missed this opportunity to help a worthy cause and thrill your taste buds beyond the beyond, it’s always possible to donate to Dans la rue right here. Or to look out for next year’s edition scheduled for September 2012. It is worth the price of admission and the day after tummy troubles.