Whether you're relaxing at the cottage or gathering with friends on an urban deck, who wants to slave in the kitchen when the great outdoors is beckoning?
Chefs Jennifer Warren-Part and Charles Part, the owners of the famed Les Fougères restaurant in Chelsea, Quebec, have a solution - delicious take-home foods that make putting on an impressive spread effortless.
Les Fougères has long offered a selection of gourmet goodies-to-go, but they've recently ramped up production to include an expanded range of delectable dishes. Just in time for cottage season, they've also extended their distribution network, making it easier than ever to take-out and serve a fantastic meal.
How long have you been in the food business? We have over fifty years of combined professional culinary experience and opened Les Fougères nearly eighteen years ago. We launched our original take-home food shop in 2004 and it's been a great success for us. We believe that our take-home offerings are representative of the same quality, tasty food that people have always enjoyed at the restaurant.
What is the philosophy behind your take home line? We consider our foods as gourmet solutions for time constrained epicureans. We rely on local ingredients from trusted suppliers; we are very proud to prepare wholesome, flavourful, nutritionally balanced meals with no additives or chemicals.
How many take home products do you offer? We offer well over 100 items every day at our recently-expanded store in Chelsea. And we have a number of select retail outlets in Quebec (La Brulerie; La Boite à Grains; La Maison Bisson; Metro Kelly Aylmer; William J Walter; Sol Epicerie Santé and others) that will be carrying 50 of our most popular soups, meat pies, curries, casseroles and condiments. As well, at our store on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, we now offer a special $19.95 take-home multi-course meal that changes each week.
What about special dietary requirements? Les Fougères' take-home foods include numerous gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options. Call ahead and we'll gladly customize a menu for your particular requirements.
Can you give us a sample menu? (As pictured) For canapés, home-cured and smoked Mariposa duck magret with Venosta cranberry compote; country terrine with Lady Ross mustard pickle; pork dumplings with sweet and spicy red pepper jelly; lamb, feta and orange sausage and wild mushroom- filled gougers.
Next, a strawberry and Bleu d'Ermite pizza with pistachios, red onion and rosemary, followed by chilled lobster bisque with a spoonful of yogurt and Matane shrimp. For the salad, fresh greens from Juniper Farm with Quebec duck confit, cassis and fresh lemon thyme vinaigrette, local Papineauville goat's milk cheese. Also, roasted potatoes deglazed with garlic and white wine.
To accompany these items, we'd suggest Quebec microbrewery beers; a Rosé such as Domaine le Bosquet, Cotes de Thongue, France, 2008; and a bottle of Quebec Ice Cider (one possibility: Vidal La Cuvée des Laurentides, Vignoble Rivière de Chène).
Visit Les Fougères' Gourmet Store at 783 route 105, Chelsea, Quebec.