LAURIE CONNOR

A Sure Bet

Casino de Montréal occupies two Expo ’67 pavilions on a small island in the St. Lawrence River. Nuances, the casino’s bastion of nouvelle cuisine, takes full advantage of the view afforded by the watery milieu. Mahogany paneling frames the glittering city lights, while leather chairs and jewel-toned fabrics provide an intimate setting from which to […]

The Maître d’ of Montreal

I meet David McMillan on a crisp Montreal morning. Tall and broad-shouldered, with an intricate floral tattoo that covers much of his left arm, the 33-year-old chef and restaurateur is an imposing presence. Yet shortly after extending an enormous hand to greet me, McMillan charms me with his easy wit and disarming candor—and dispels any […]

Leisure: Time Wells Spent

An apricot sunset slants across the terrace at Chanteduc as eight Americans assemble for a weeklong cooking class in Provence with author, food critic, and teacher Patricia Wells. “This is my romantic dream of France,” Wells declares as she pours flutes of Veuve Clicquot Brut. “All of us doing what we love: cooking, learning about, and […]