MONTREAL, July 31, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - During their travels, leisure
travelers and business tourists have become increasingly sensitive to
issues related to the respect of the environment. In the array of
initiatives aimed at developing sustainable tourism in the city, Tourisme Montréal has launched a brand-new useful tool: a list of sustainable restaurants. A first in its field, this list of 19 member restaurants will allow
food lovers from here and afar to locate, in one single click, an
establishment that has adopted sound eco-friendly and socially
Over the past several years, a significant number of requests by
tourists, especially in the business tourism sector, has convinced
Tourisme Montréal of the need to list sustainable restaurants.
"Since 2008, Tourisme Montréal has been working in concert with the
tourism industry to make Montréal a greener destination," says the
Honourable Charles Lapointe, President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal.
"Sustainable gastronomy is a boon to the local economy and our
environment and it satisfies a demand on the part of tourists.
Showcasing it makes perfect sense for everybody."
With no existing program to certify restaurant owners' management
systems that are accessible or adapted to the Montréal market, Tourisme
Montréal joined the firm Viatao, which specializes in sustainable tourism. Among the 31 Montréal
restaurants that were listed1, 19 distinguished themselves by their commitment in sustainability.
Numbering among this brand-new list is the restaurant Toqué!, considered a pioneer of Québec gastronomy for shining the spotlight on
local products and producers.
"The produce growers, fishermen, wine growers and livestock producers of
Québec have been in the DNA of Toqué! from the very beginning," says
Toqué's and Brasserie T's chef and co-owner and Grand Chef Relais &
Châteaux, Normand Laprise. "The list proposed by Tourisme Montréal is a
relevant tool in a world where consumers want to stay better informed
of where their food is coming from, all while continuing to enjoy the
pleasures of eating."
The restaurant also sets itself apart by using ingredients that are 90%
local, often from organic agriculture, its LEED EB-certified building
that integrates recycling and composting, as well as its very good
employment conditions. The restaurant has also recently built a rooftop
garden, allowing it to grow its own vegetables right in the heart of
The list of sustainable restaurants, which can be consulted on Tourisme
Montréal's Web site at www.tourisme-montreal.org/Cuisine/Restaurants/greenpractices, includes the following establishments:
For event and meeting planners, Tourisme Montréal and Viatao have also
enlisted two catering services that use sustainable practices. They are
Bernard et fils traiteur and Avec Plaisirs.
Certain Montréal restaurants and caterers that are not on the list may
still employ eco-friendly and socially responsible practices. An update
of the list is planned for 2014 in order to include more establishments
with a sustainable development focus.
About Tourisme Montréal
Tourisme Montréal is responsible for providing leadership in the
concerted efforts of hospitality and promotion in order to position the
"Montréal" destination on leisure and business travel markets. It is
also responsible for developing Montréal's tourism product in
accordance with the ever-changing conditions of the market.
For more information, please visit www.tourisme-montreal.org.
1 The 66-criteria eco-rating selection comprises the three pillars of
sustainable development: environment (supply, waste and energy
management, etc.), economy (local producers, local economic spin-offs,
etc.) and social commitment (promoting local culture, working
SOURCE: Tourisme Montréal
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