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Au Pied de Cochon Cabane à Sucre Goes Sweet on Apples

by Lauren Cracower

Each December Montreal foodies in the know pick up their smart phones and send off a highly anticipated email. Will they make the cut or will they be left out in the cold? With watering mouths they sit by the phone and wait…and wait until they finally get the call that will make their spring complete. A reservation at Martin Picard’s acclaimed Au Pied de Cochon Sugar Shack  in St-Benoit de Mirabel. With just 106 seats available in a ten-week period, who will be the lucky ones?
With reservations made months in advance, the thought of menu items like foie gras, lobster omelet soufflé and maple glazed pork, keep them warm all winter long. And when the big day finally arrives, bellies full of Quebec grown goodness, the waiting game starts once again.

But this year, the wait just got shorter.

Au Pied de Cochon has just announced “how ’bout them PDC apples” for the upcoming autumn. From August 31st to October 14th, a new menu will hit the shack, certain to play on a variety of autumnal flavours. While no clues are being given out about the unique menu, local bounty will likely factor in with Quebec crops of apples, squash and corn and, of course, what PDC is best known for, pork. Drawing on inspiration from the restaurant’s menu, we’re guessing (and hoping) they’ll serve up modifications on their famed blue cheese, apple and endive salad ($9), apple foie gras ($26) and oven baked apple ($8).

At just $50 per person, we may just be better off avoiding the guessing game and letting Picard’s whimsy in the kitchen amaze us once again. There is no doubt that this is an experience that will certainly rival its spring counterpart.
The sugar shack is currently accepting reservations by email only, for Friday evenings and both lunch and dinner on weekends, at reservations@cabaneasucreaupieddecochon.com. While there is no indication whether spots are still available, it’s definitely worth a try to become one of the few lucky ones.

Let the waiting game begin.

Cabane à Sucre Au Pied de Cochon, 11382 Rang de la Fresniére, St-Benoit de Mirabel, 450-258-1732, http://cabaneasucreaupieddecochon.com/reservations_e.html