The mix of chips, a gravy and cheese is truly a Quebec invention. There is a tug of war between a couple of communities as to who was the first to serve it up, but it is a Francophone gastronomic bomb.
And here on the West Coast? “Fusion poutine is not necessarily a West Coast invention, but I think it is done particularly well here” said Reiher.
Reiher is in touch with local poutine support groups such as rogue twitter group #Pouteam and relied on them to help contribute poutine sightings and tasting to her new guide.
She is planning the first annual Poutine Challenge in 2013 and will include a dessert category.
Her family were plain-jane eaters and Reiher didn’t know it was possible to make good food at home. But now she knows. She’s on the board of Slow Food Vancouver Island and is currently taking a Beer Judging course.
When not day-dreaming about Poutine, she works for the BC Initiative for Inclusive Post-Secondary Education.
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