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Best of Airdrie: Flavours of Montreal serves up east-coast favourites to the people of Airdrie

Nearly everything is homemade at Flavours of Montreal, where an east-coast taste meets local, west-coast ingredients.
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Jacques Juteau (left) and Carolyn Clarke (right) are the dynamic duo behind Flavours of Montreal.

Nearly everything is homemade at Flavours of Montreal, where an east-coast taste meets local, west-coast ingredients.

“It’s real food,” said Carolyn Clarke, who owns the business along Airdrie’s Main Street with her husband Jacques Juteau. The couple has been in business together for over 25 years, beginning when they opened Alberta King of Subs in Calgary back in 1995.

Flavours of Montreal, which opened in 2019 in Airdrie, serves traditional maritime favourites, including hand-carved Montreal smoked meat, steak subs, poutine, cabbage rolls, sugar pie, and more.

While a considerable amount of the restaurant’s ingredients are delivered from the east coast, Clarke said many key ingredients are sourced right here in Alberta.

“It’s all about keeping it local. If we can support our own communities – first and foremost – above others, we’ll thrive a lot better,” she said.

The owner and cook added all of the beef served at Flavours of Montreal is certified angus, while their cheese is sourced from Saputo out of Calgary, and their mushrooms come from nearby Crossfield.

Clarke said customers from their first business often find out about their new venture in Airdrie, and are overjoyed when they recognize them.

“We’re seeing customers that were [little kids] when they used to come into [Alberta King of Subs] that are now adults, so it’s quite fun,” she said.

Clarke and Juteau’s business savvy and culinary experience has carried them to their second successful operation, and Clarke said the secret is really quite simple.

“You don’t change what works,” she said.

Flavours of Montreal opened in Airdrie’s downtown approximately two years ago, according to Clarke, and had a bit of a rocky start. Shortly after the business opened, Main Street was closed for construction, limiting the number of people that could access the restaurant.

After the construction was finished, they were hit with another significant blow, in the form of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Flavours of Montreal did get a boost this August, however, when they were approached to participate in this year’s rendition of Alberta on the Plate – a province-wide food festival that aims to highlight local eateries, as well as growers, farmers, brewers and more.

“We’ve managed to hold on for the two years during COVID, road constructions, and still be okay. So, I’m happy,” Clarke said.

Despite navigating an abundance of hoops and roadblocks over the last two years, Clarke said the business is doing just fine. In fact, for the four days a week they are open, she said they have more than enough traffic to keep their hands full.

But there is no complaining from Clarke, Juteau or their staff, as the buzz and excitement from new and returning customers keeps them motivated to provide the best service possible.

“The busier we are, the more fun we have,” Clarke said,

The restaurant was awarded Gold in the deli category and Bronze in the french fry category in this year’s Reader’s Choice Awards. When the news of the establishment’s win in the Airdrie City View’s yearly contest came in, Clarke said she was thrilled to be recognized by the people of Airdrie.

“It all boils down to knowing that the community appreciates you, so any award that you do receive, we know where it’s from – it’s from the community,” she said.

“Any recognition is wonderful.”

Flavours of Montreal is located at 4-213 Main Street NW.

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