The village of Le Bic, perched on the southern shore of the St. Lawrence River some 300 km northeast of Quebec City, is known for its quaint streets lined with brightly painted wood houses, spectacular views and the surrounding national park. Now it is also recognized as the home of renowned chef Colombe St-Pierre, a mother of three with an eccentric per – sonality, a contagious laugh and star status in Quebec and in Europe, where she frequently headlines iconic food festivals like Andrea Petrini’s Gelinaz! St-Pierre’s food appears simple but is highly sophisticated and daringly original. Expect to eat dishes such as local clams in seaweed broth with smoked fir foam, juniper-marinated cedar-smoked beef, and snow crab risotto with local ceps. The wood cottage setting of Chez St-Pierre is cozy, the service warm and professional, and the wine list carefully selected and well-explained.
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