SEPT-ÎLES, September 13, 2012 – One of Quebec’s great chefs will be joining the “5 à huîtres maritime” event to be held on Thursday, October 25 at the Sept-Îles Naval Reserve to raise funds for the Élyme des sables palliative care centre. Chef Ian Perreault, renowned for his creativity and gourmet talents, will amaze guests with his oyster recipes combining local flavors from the North Shore.

In addition to helping Club Richelieu volunteers concoct special recipes for the activity, Mr. Perreault will be demonstrating his culinary talents during the evening.

A celebrity chef

After trying his hand studying accounting, the desire to surpass himself drove Ian Perreault back to his first passion: cooking. At the age of sixteen, he was already working in a pizzeria and learning to run a kitchen efficiently—a skill he would draw upon frequently throughout his career as a chef and restaurateur. He worked in 18 restaurants before opening his first restaurant, Area, with his partner Denis Lévesque in June 2000. Today, this native Montrealer is one of the city’s most creative and talented chefs, managing Ian Perreault Prêts-à-manger with his wife Mélanie Martin.

Third edition of the “5 à huîtres maritime”

This charity event organized by the Port of Sept-Îles in collaboration with Club Richelieu, the HMCS Jolliet (Naval Reserve) and the Élyme des sables palliative care centre, is now in its third edition. It features an original concept designed to collect as much money as possible to help support the ongoing operation of the Sept-Îles palliative care centre. Last year, over $84,500 were raised.

Participants have two options to choose from. The Rockefeller version at $500 per person consists of a tasting of gourmet oyster dishes, while the Malpèque version at $100 per person is for raw oyster lovers looking for a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. The fresh oyster tasting is accompanied by a buffet dinner. The evening will also feature entertainment, free drinks, contests, music, and door prizes.

Tickets are on sale at the Port of Sept-Îles (418 968-1231) and will be available at the Naval Reserve entrance starting at 5 p.m. on the day of the activity.

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