Great community theatre in the West End, Tuesday and Wednesday night

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One of Montreal’s best community-based theatrical producers will launch a two-day run of the Broadway sensation, Anything Goes.

Anisa Cameron was born to be in showbiz. Born in New York, but raised under the bright lights of the Las Vegas strip, her grandmother was a Rockette, her father was the lead singer of the Folies Bergere at the Tiffany Theatre inside the Tropicana and her mother, a dancer, was a chorus girl who worked her way up to company manager. Cameron and her brother, a dancer, were more or less raised backstage at the Tiffany Theatre. Although their parents begged and pleaded, both chose to pursue a life in the arts.

Anisa Cameron

Cameron has been at the helm of the Cote Saint-Luc Dramatic Society (CSLDS) since its inception some seven years ago while simultaneously heading up the burgeoning drama program at Cote Saint-Luc’s Bialik High School. This year, she launched the JPPS drama program with the hit musical, The Little Mermaid.

Originally penned in 1934 with music and lyrics by American composer and songwriter Cole Porter, Anything Goes is a musical comedy that has been updated several times throughout the last century.

Through her many sold-out performances at the CSLDS including Fiddler on the Roof, Hairspray, Catch Me if You Can, as well as exceptional Bialik Theatre musicals, some originals and others from Broadway, Cameron has proven her skills at entertaining audiences both young and old.

This week. Anything Goes should be no exception. You don’t have to know anyone in the cast to come and enjoy local theatre, with live music by Nick Burgess and his accomplished musicians. All this with free parking, cheap refreshments, great seats and tickets at just 15 bucks. Get your tickets now for this Tuesday or Wednesday night’s shows at ShowTix4U or by visiting the Bialik Theatre Facebook page.

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MtlRestoRap: Scores Restaurants unveils new franchise training centre

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Glenn J. Nashen reports for MtlRestoRap: Scores Restaurants unveils new franchise training centre

Renowned for its famous Rotisserie chicken and delicious back ribs, the first Scores Rotisserie opened its doors in Montreal in 1995. As a growing business, their network of franchises now include some 38 rotisseries across Quebec and Ontario.

Scores rotisserie insists on always giving its clients only the best quality at the best possible price. It’s with that in mind that Scores recently inaugurated its flagship Franchise Training Centre. MtlRestoRap caught up with Scores Chief Operating Officer  Ronald Simard to visit the new centre located on St. Laurent Boulevard in the Ahuntsic-Cartierville Borough of Montreal.

Simard proudly showed off the training centre as though he built it himself. And in a sense, that’s just what he did. It was Simard’s idea, after all, to create a, “school system for franchisees to attain real life experience.” The program lasts for 10 weeks and franchisees are put through every routine in the restaurant to gain hands on experience for every position they will have to fill in their own locations.

“We needed a strong support mechanism to train our team,” Simard told us. “You need to teach it, measure it and watch it grow,” said the affable COO.

Scores is one of the few banners to offer the vocational qualification program in cooking through an apprenticeship program.

While 38 locations are currently in operation, including two in Ontario, there are several new locations opening soon. The next restaurant will open in Longueuil in May, while a month later two new franchises will open in Dollard-des-Ormeaux and on Lacordaire Blvd. Simard let us in on a secret, that a new site is also being planned for the Notre-Dame-de-Grace district, in Montreal’s West End.

Scores is particularly excited about their latest innovation, a brimming salad bar they call the  Grand Saladier. This display of fresh, colourful vegetables rivals the best chains in Canada and the U.S.  The Grand Saladier offers soups, salads and fruit. They have chicken, chorizo, hearts of palm, northern shrimp and so much more! The Grand Saladier includes:

  • 24 new ingredients
  • 3 types of cheese
  • 16 daily fresh-made salads
  • 6 new proteins
  • 1 nacho bar
  • and 63 ingredients in total!

The Grand Saladier is included, free, with chicken and rib entrees. For other meals it is available for a modest charge.

Non-meat eaters will be pleased with the fish choices on the menu, such as cod and salmon.

Charles Dufresne, Executive chef for the entire chain stated that, “No restaurant has a salad bar like this one. Everything is prepared fresh, on site.”

An entirely new menu was launched across the entire chain this past January, Dufresne told those at the official launch.

The newer stores sport the urban model, with modern lighting and decor, high ceilings and earthy tones with seating for up to 186 dining patrons in a 5700 sq. ft. setup.

So environmentally conscientious are the developers, they’ve now purchased 100 percent electric, Kia Soul cars for local deliveries.

The new concept stores are designed with private rooms that can accommodate community organizations and local businesses for their catered gatherings as well as those throwing parties or large family dinners.

Anik Tétreault, Scores Director of Marketing welcomed the Mayor of the Ahuntsic-Cartierveille borough, Émilie Thuillier.

“This is an excellent restaurant to welcome into the borough and to help revitalize this shopping centre,” the mayor said. She was also excited to learn about the electric delivery cars, that will roll silently, and pollution-free, through her borough.

The mayor was accompanied by newly-elected city councillor Hadrien Parizeau, also a member of the city’s Executive Committee, and grandson of former Quebec Premier Jacques Parizeau.

As part of the kick-off event, guests were treated to exclusive hors d’oeuvres including buns stuffed with shrimp and crab meat, crispy BBQ chicken wings and drumsticks with a tangy sauce and smoked meat wrapped in bacon.

Scores is part of the Imvescor Group of Restaurants, which was recently acquired by Group MTY.

From the modern appointed restaurant decor, to the enthusiastic staff to the innovative and incredibly tasty nibbles that night, they stand true to their  motto: “A Great Deal More at Scores.”

For more information log on to www.scores.ca

 

By Glenn J. Nashen

For more restaurant reviews visit MtlRestoRap.com

 

Review: Brunch or lunch: Always ready at Ben & Florentine

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We were welcomed into Ben & Florentine by franchisee Karl Forget, whose pride in his restaurant, clientèle and staff was evident from “Welcome”.

My latest review on Quebec’s booming brunch spot, Ben & Florentine, is now posted on MtlRestoRap.

Read it all here: mtlrestorap.com/ben-florentine.

A unique lunch spot for my first review at MtlRestoRap.com

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JJs Salades Etc, owned by John Cusmariu, Jon Saxe and Matt Kovitz

MtlRestoRap is a new restaurant review site created by Mike Cohen and Tony Medeiros. They invited me to join them as a reviewer.

So I joined Mike last week at a terrific new restaurant on Côte des Neiges Road. JJs Salades Etc, owned by John CusmariuJon Saxe and Matt Kovitz, is a unique lunch spot. See my review at mtlrestorap.com/j-j-salades-etc/.

Thank you Mike and Tony for inviting me in.

Bon appetite.