Toronto resident Rachel Lissner and her neighbours love Montreal bagels — a lot. So much so, in fact, that after putting a call-out on her neighbourhood Facebook page for a collective order from St-Viateur, she ended up receiving 2,160. That's 180 dozen.
"I ordered the bagels because I had plans to go to Montreal a few weeks ago and obviously that changed," Lissner told MTL Blog.
"When I applied for my citizenship last week, I decided I’d celebrate and indulge with some St V bagels since they’re my favourite, especially rosemary, which I can’t get in Toronto."
About 100 of her neighbours ended up participating in her order, which she claims in a post to the Toronto Jewish Community Response to COVID-19 Facebook page made history as "the largest order of St. Viateur bagels to Toronto" and "the second-largest individual order in bakery history!" — which really makes us wonder what the largest-ever order could have possibly been.
After the original post to the Seaton Village Facebook page gained momentum, Lissner turned it into a fundraiser for Sistering, a "multi-service agency for at-risk, socially isolated women and trans people in Toronto who are homeless or precariously housed."
In total, she and her neighbours raised $800.
A photo shared with MTL Blog by Rachel's roommate Ceilidh Wood (who ordered Rosemary and Cinnamon Raisin bagels) shows the complete order on their front steps.
St-Viateur bagels are available for shipment throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Loyal patrons can additionally purchase T-shirts, hats, a spreading knife, and all dressed bagel mix.
On its website, the Montreal institution says that it has shipped more bagels "than ever before."
All St-Viateur bakeries (in the Mile End, on avenue du Mont-Royal, in Dollard-des-Ormeaux, and in Laval) are also open for bagel pick up.
For the record, Montrealers can also order Fairmount bagels through UberEats, Skip the Dishes, and DoorDash.
Fairmount also indicated in a recent Facebook post that faraway fans can call to place orders for shipment.
Lissner and her Toronto neighbours have put Montrealers to shame.
Stay tuned for more bagel news to come.