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The Au Pied de Cochon restaurant opened its doors in 2001 in Montreal. Martin Picard and Marc Beaudin seek to restore fast food and Quebec gastronomy to its nobility, by promoting generous and relaxed cuisine and by democratizing refined products, such as foie gras. Quickly, the PDC distinguished itself among the best restaurants in Canada.
In 2008, they bought land in Saint-Benoît-de-Mirabel and opened the Au Pied de Cochon sugar shack there the following year. In addition to revisiting the time of sugar through a seasonal menu, they market their own maple syrup. After years of research and development, other products will emerge, such as maple condensed milk and maple dulce de leche.
In 2017, they acquired land adjacent to the sugar shack. With more than 500 fruit trees (pear, cherry, plum, apple), it has great potential for developing new products. From 2019, three cuvées of alcoholic cider are marketed. With the involvement of Vincent Dion Lavallée, the Au Pied de Cochon cidery now produces 10 vintages, made from all the fruits of our orchard.
As a result of this new acquisition, the Cabane d’à Côté, which offers country-style cuisine, opens in 2018, followed by La Maison d’à Côté, a rustic gîte with five bedrooms. In order to exploit the possibilities offered by the earth, the concept of picnics in the orchard was born in 2020.
In addition to these activities, the Pied de Cochon team began manufacturing derivative products in 2015, such as mustard, foie gras, maple foie gras parfait and rillettes. In addition to these products, the team also offers a collection of spirits such as two kinds of Gin, a Vodka made from Filtra and premixed cocktails. These products are available in more than 500 points of sale across Canada and on the Au Pied de Cochon online store website. In order to meet the demand, the Au Pied de Cochon group now operates a pop-up store located at 540 Duluth E in Montreal. The shop is only open during the holiday and maple season.