by Rhonda Massad
Another gorgeous summer night on August 4, ushered in the opening of Jerry Ferrer casse-croûte du terroir in St. Anne de Bellevue, the latest from chef Jérôme Ferrer owner of Europea in Montreal. The newest location of the franchise is smack dab next to Fondu Du Prince.
The ambiance is casual and friendly, the food the same. I sampled a yummy pulled pork sandwich, and a took a bite of Dan’s hotdog plate, both served with delicious crispy fries and homemade buns. Both were scrumptious.
I just could not get over the poutine. As many of you know, I am pretty fussy, and this was fantastic. It was not too rich which can happen with poutine. The gravy was perfect the cheese melted but not too melted that it mixed in. I loved it. My friend, St. Anne’s Mayor Paola Hawa had her poutine with foie gras, she enjoyed every bite .
I was also lucky to spend some time chatting the with Jerry himself. His passion began as a youngster when he was a child growing up on a farm in Tournissan in the south of France. He would watch his French-Spanish grandmother make magic transforming sugar, flour, eggs, and milk into a variety of desserts. According to Ferrer, his grandmother taught him that cooking was an act of love and generosity.
“I grew up in a home where my father got up at three a.m. to take care of his produce and vines,” Ferrer explained, “this is not a job for me, as much as it is who I am. My grandmother showed me that cooking was a gift you could give of yourself.”
A close friend of Jerry’s, renowned sommelier, François Chartier joined forces with regards to the wine at Jerry’s. The duo has combined a real old fashion family style casse-croûte style menu with a selection of wine that Chartier chose himself.
“When Jerry asked me for three exclusive wines, a white, rosé, and a red to complement his new venture how could I say no to my dear friend?” Chartier pondered. “Since Jérome comes from the south of France I thought it would be complementary to have wines from there. I chose an exotic white that is fresh and light, a rosé that is floral and a red from Bordeaux. We named the wines simply Le Blanc, Le Rosé, and Le Rouge to go with the family style of the restaurant. A glass of wine is priced at $7.”
The menu has items starting at $7 to about $13. In the fall the plan is to establish a Table D’hôte menu for the evenings. All ingredients are locally purchased in Quebec. Jerry promised that if time permits he will join me at the Garlic Fest in St. Annes on August 27.