They say that what goes around comes around: when you do a good deed, a good deed comes back to you. Sometimes, though, life mixes things up, and there are surprising ways you can give back to the world. And next week in Montreal, one of those ways is eating delicious pizza.
That’s right, an amazing build-your-own pizza pop-up bar is opening up in the heart of Montreal from May 29 to June 3. For every pizza you buy, one pizza will be donated to the very worthy cause Moisson Montreal. How is that for doing a good deed?!
This pop-up pizzeria is brought to you by the generous team at Delissio Rustico, partnering with our fave boutique grocer, Fou d’Ici, at 360 De Maisonneuve Ouest. Fou d’Ici are putting their grocery store on hold for a week and transforming into a pizzeria, Ma Rustico Chez Fou D’Ici!
You will, of course, know Delissio Rustico from their gourmet thin-crust pizzas. We are huge fans of their Margherita pizzas, but you might know them for their other ace varieties like Funghi, Spinaci Fresca, Pepperoni Diavolo or Quattro Formaggi. So their new pop-up pizza bar is guaranteed to be off the hook in amazingness.
So how do we get involved in this pizza extravaganza? There are three ways you can get a slice of the action: grab a free pizza which you can customize yourself or try one of their chef-inspired creations for free. You can also purchase a Delissio Rustico pizza to take home, and when you do, one pizza will be donated to Moisson Montreal.
For your free pizza, head to Fou D’Ici and customize your Rustico Margherita pizza with fresh, local ingredients. And we’re not talking about just throwing on a bit of basil, are we? Oh, no! Layer that baby with Montreal smoked meat, smokes lardons, curd cheese, Shish taouk chicken breast, cured ham, pickled turnip, kosher dill pickles, fresh mint or caramelized apples. Get ready for your mouth to melt.
But one pizza isn’t enough, right? Bring your BFFs and the fam, make a day of it and also order one of their delish chef-inspired specials for free: La Main, La Minuit or a La Cabane. These tantalizing pizzas are created with 100% local Quebec ingredients in collaboration with Chef Patrick Dubeau from Fou D’ici. And they are 100% delish, too.
When you buy a frozen Rustico pizza to take home, you are helping support your local community. For every pizza purchased at the pizza pop-up, one pizza goes to Moisson Montreal. Good on you!
Head to the pop-up pizzeria Ma Rustico Chez Fou D’Ici, at 360 De Maisonneuve Ouest between May 29 to June 3 to give (and eat!) generously. Bon appetit!
A no-kill animal shelter in Vaudreuil-Dorion, SPCA West, says it needs help recovering from a "disaster" after a flood caused major damage to more than 70% of its walls and floors.
"Last thing we expected when coming to work yesterday morning, is to open the doors to 2 inches of water running through and flooding the SPCA. A water pipe burst over night, and [a] huge amount of water made its way through the entire shelter," SPCA West wrote in an email dated August 13.
SPCA West's executive director, Remi Brazeau, told MTL Blog the animals doing well and no one got hurt. Brazeau said another shelter, Auberge Refuge Zen in Laval, stepped in quickly to take the animals to a dry new home.
But Brazeau also said the insurance policy will likely only cover a very small portion of the damages and lost items. According to SPCA West, the damage will be "well into the six figures," but the insurance policy will cover a maximum of $7,000.
"We are insured. The problem we face is more complex than just a call and bang they solve it. It's about establishing responsibility, who did the work and which insurer will cover what and to what extent," SPCA West posted on Facebook.
The post says there's an ongoing debate about who the insurance will deem responsible for the incident: the SPCA, the manufacturer of the burst pipe, the contractor from when the place was built, and so on.
"Meanwhile, we are stuck in the midst of this and need to rebuild while this debate continues and can last weeks or even more, we are told," the post says.
Brazeau told MTL Blog the shelter is "desperately needing financial help to get things fixed up." The team has launched a donation campaign and those wishing to donate can do so online.
Meanwhile, Jessica Prince-Chenier, who works for Refuge Zen, said the shelter has space for the seven dogs and 10 cats it took in from the SPCA West. But she said they could use donations of dog toys and cat litter.
Most of the events will take place virtually, but there will be a two-night drive-in theatre event in Kirkland and guided tours of Montreal's Little Italy.
The first day of the virtual events, on August 7, will broadcast a recurring children's event called Storytime in Italian. Read by Sara Ottoboni in Italian and interpreted by Tina Mancini, the first story, Ti Ricordi La Pioggia, is a tale about a girl who's sad that she can't see her friends and family, but uses her imagination to feel better about being socially distant.
On August 14 and 21, the festival will host guided tours of Little Italy, which begin in front of Casa d'Italia on Rue Jean-Talon. The tour, over two hours long, consists of a "historical introduction about the Italian community in Montreal," a tour of Little Italy's attractions, with a stop for Italian pastries.
The tour will also consist of stops on Rue Dante and Boul. Saint-Laurent, La Madonna della Difesa church and Dante Park.
The recurring drive-in theatre event will take place on August 14 and 15 in Kirkland. On August 14, the festival will host a viewing of The Chain,an English-language play by Vitorio Rossi, and August 15's showing will play Ma cosa ci dice il cervello by Riccardo Milani, an Italian-language film with English subtitles.
Reservations are required for many of the events. You can consult the full festival event schedule here.