MONTREAL, Sept. 20, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - This morning, Alan DeSousa,
Vice-Chair of the Montréal Executive Committee and Member responsible
for sustainable development, the environment and parks, along with
Charles-Mathieu Brunelle, Executive Director of the Space for Life,
unveiled the preliminary concept for an innovative mobile restaurant-bus at the Space
for Life. They were joined for the occasion by representatives of the project
partners, i.e. Michel Labrecque, Chair of the Board of the Société de
transport de Montréal (STM), Michel Parent, President of the Syndicat
des cols bleus regroupés de Montréal, and Louis Marquis, Secretary
General of the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS).
The converted former STM bus, as developed with eco-design firm Mouvement créatif, will encourage green energy choices, serve healthy and imaginative
fare incorporating food plants, and offer a fun, relaxing experience
for visitors. "This restaurant-bus initiative is a great contribution to sustainable
development. By recovering and reusing equipment, supporting the clean
tech sector and promoting the need to preserve biodiversity, it fits in
perfectly with the city's efforts on behalf of the Montréal community,"
said Mr. DeSousa.
"The Resto-bus is the fruit of bold and unique collaboration between the
Space for Life and the STM, the Syndicat regroupé des cols bleus de
Montréal and the ÉTS. Thanks to the know-how and expertise of these
highly committed partners, the Resto-bus will offer visitors a mobile,
green, original and inspiring eating experience," added Mr. Brunelle.
The Resto-bus will travel around the Space for Life site starting in
May 2013, to help meet the demand from the more than 700,000 additional
visitors expected with the opening of the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium
and the International Mosaiculture exhibition at the Botanical Garden.
The completely redesigned bus will have room for about fifty people
inside, on its rooftop terrace and in its outdoor "picnic" area.
Getting closer to nature … through food
The Resto-bus promises a refreshing break for families who come to spend
a whole day exploring the Montréal Biodôme, Botanical Garden,
Insectarium and Planetarium. The menu will offer a wide variety of
dishes featuring mainly local ingredients. The food will also reflect
the different institutions' themes: imagine, if you will, a salad
topped with crunchy insects (did you know that entomophagy is one of
the solutions envisaged to help reduce world hunger and biodiversity
loss?) or edible flowers!
A bold and fruitful partnership
The idea of a mobile restaurant-bus was made possible thanks to the
donation of a former bus by the Société de transport de Montréal (STM),
assistance with the environmental aspects from the École de technologie
supérieure (ETS) and the labour to convert it from the members of the
Syndicat des cols bleus regroupés de Montréal, the Montréal blue-collar
Space for Life, the first space in the world dedicated to humankind and nature, brings
together the Montréal Biodôme, Botanical Garden, Insectarium and
Planetarium. Together they are committed to safeguarding and showcasing
biodiversity and invite people from Montréal, across Canada and around
the world to join in this bold, creative urban movement.
SOURCE: Espace pour la vie
For further information:
Karine Jalbert, Communications Co-ordinator
514 872-1453/ 514 250-3230
Nadine Fortin, Communications Co-ordinator
514 868-3053/ 514 250-7753