Eating at Crêperie
Catherine in Mont-Tremblant, Canada in the
heart of the Pedestrian
Village is like
having a delicious meal at the home of a good friend. Located in a small
chalet, the ambience is comfortable and inviting, and watching and chatting
with Chef Catherine Schmuck and her sister, Lorraine
Schmuck as they create the homemade crêpes is an added
When Catherine Schmuck, her
husband, François Laviolette, and her sister Lorraine Schmuck, saw an old
chalet in 1994, they thought that it would make the perfect home for their
restaurant. However, I should probably note that the chalet, although it had a
certain charm, was rather rundown, and was located at the foot of the mountain
rather than in the desirable Pedestrian
Village. Not a problem
for these intrepid three, they simply moved the chalet, renovated it, and
opened Crêperie Catherine in 1995.
The result is charming,
comfortable, and cozy, with Catherine's collection of chefs lining the many
shelves, and whimsical paintings of Chef Catherine gracing the ceiling.
However, it is the Chefs Catherine and Lorraine,
working side-by-side, chatting with the guests as they create the crêpes that
adds to the overall ambience.
Edward and I had an excellent
lunch at the restaurant in late February 2011. After an invigorating morning
spent on the ski slopes, we warmed up with a glass of their Glühwien, hot
mulled wine served with a cinnamon stick and an orange slice, and knew that we
were off to a good start.
We were looking for warm
comfort food, which we found in the French Onion Soup, (Soupe a l'Oignon
Gratinée), which arrived in an ample bowl covered with melted golden brown
Swiss and Mozzarella cheese. Made with Spanish onions and a touch of red wine,
the soup was lovely and exactly what we wanted on a cold day.
French Onion Soup
Chefs Catherine and Lorraine pride
themselves on their usual crêpe fillings based on ingredients that they love, items not usually found on traditional crêpe restaurant menus. They do have
traditional offerings on the menu for those less daring; however, the unusual
is where these chefs really excel at thinking out of the box with their
selection of ingredients, flavors, and presentations.
Chef Lorraine Schmuck and Chef Catherine Schmuck
A few of the more unusual
crêpes listed on the menu: the Italian Sausage, Apple, Cheddar Cheese, and
Béchamel Sauce Crêpe; their take on a BLT - the Tomato, Bacon, Feta Cheese, and
Béchamel Crêpe; and the Escargot, Swiss Cheese, and Béchamel Crêpe. Other
unusual combinations include the Pizza Crêpe (Pepperoni, Onions, Tomatoes,
Swiss Cheese, and Cheddar Cheese); the Hawaiian Crêpe (Ham, Pineapple, Swiss
Cheese, and Béchamel); the Mexican Crêpe (Seasoned Chicken, Swiss, Cheddar,
Tomatoes, Onions, and Salsa); and the Mediterranean Crêpe (Chicken, Spinach,
Feta, Sun Dried Tomatoes, Black Olives, Onions And Béchamel).
Edward had one of their more
unusual crêpes, the Smoked Salmon Crêpe, listed on the menu under Catherine's
Favorites, made with smoked salmon, Swiss cheese, their signature Béchamel
sauce, onions, and capers, with the option of adding an egg and spinach. Edward
thought that when going for the unusual why not go all the way; and added both
options to his crêpe.
Chef Catherine Schmuck making a crêpe
To the base of a very large
crêpe that Chef Catherine made for Edward's order, she added an egg which
cooked on top of the crêpe, added fresh spinach and folded the crêpe in half
and then in half again. The heat from the crêpe gently cooked the spinach. To
that, she topped the crêpe with their signature Béchamel sauce made with real
cream and butter, added a generous portion of smoked salmon on top of the
sauce, added sliced onions and capers, and garnished it with a slice of lemon.
The presentation was gorgeous and the combination of flavors was enticing.
Although a very hearty portion, Edward managed to do justice to the crêpe.
Smoked Salmon Crêpe
I had the Seafood Crêpe, also
listed under Catherine's Favorites, made with shrimp, scallops, lobster, crab,
grated Swiss cheese and their signature Béchamel sauce, and I added the spinach
option. This crêpe was another winner, a tender, delicate crêpe filled with a
seafood lover's dream of ingredients, and the spinach was a nice touch adding
another layer of flavor.
Our charming server Carmen
who has worked at the restaurant since it opened in 1995 convinced us that we
should try a dessert crêpe, even if we could just manage a few bites. So
convincing was she, as well as the description on the menu, that how could we
say no to a hot Caramel Apple Crêpe made with Sucre à la Crème, sautéed Granny
Smith apples, and topped with a generous portion of whipped cream and a dusting
of chopped Crispy Crunch bar? Okay, we thought, we would order one dessert to
split and just have a few bites ... to taste. Of course, one bite lead to
another, and then another, and before we knew what had happened we had almost
finished the entire dessert. Fortunately, we were going cross-country skiing
after lunch, and we used the excuse that we would burn off those calories in no
time, after all, what are a few more miles to ski when it comes to enjoying a delicious
Caramel Apple Crêpe
Crêperie Catherine is open
for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner daily from 8:00 am until 9:00
pm. There are no reservations. If you would like to have French
Onion Soup for breakfast, it is not a problem. They are happy to serve French
Onion Soup, Breakfast Crêpes, Dinner Crêpes, Dessert Crêpes, and anything else
listed on the menu at any time. The restaurant also now offers a variety of
Take-Home items for sale including their French Onion Soup and Caramel Apple
Crêpes, perfect to enjoy a taste of the restaurant once you return home or to
enjoy in your hotel or condo.
Read the Chefs' Recipes section
where Chef Catherine Schmuck shares a delicious taste of Crêperie
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