About Street Food Montreal


There is something about this city that just makes me want to share everything with everyone. I will stand by our bagels, promote poutine, cherish the establishments, and make sure to give everything in between a try. I like good meals, delicious snacks, and satisfying late night eats. Bad service, and people who act like they hate their job on the floor or behind a counter don’t appease me. Everybody likes what they like, and everybody knows what they know. Sharing those opinions, memories, and stories are what makes a place special.

You may not agree with everything I say or write, and that’s ok. The important thing is that you’re reading, and if you’re reading, it probably means you care. You care about this city and will defend your point to the bitter end! So will I. Keep reading and enjoy the ride.

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Who is Street Food Montreal?

My name is Dustin Gilman and I have been a food lover since I was 16 years old. I first discovered my love for food while working at Cavallaro, an Italian bakery and specialty store on Sherbrooke St. For what I initially thought would be a part-time job while in school, actually turned out to be a 6 year eye-opening food experience. I learned about olive oils, balsamic vinegars, pastas, tomato sauces, traditional deli meats, and the list goes on. It was here where I also discovered a passion for cooking. After my tenure at Cavallaro, I put my culinary skills to work at M:BRGR where I started 2 weeks before they opened, and stayed for the next 8 months. I worked as a dishwasher, prep cook, garde manger (salads and desserts), fries station, and the grill. Today, I still work in food as a caterer for Cinq a Chef where we cook for all kinds of events for as little as 10 people and as large as 300.

I also operate foodguymontreal.com

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Michael January 23, 2013 at 10:40 PM

Hello Dustin,

I was on the net looking for information concerning permits for street vendors when I found your article.

I work at a cafe in downtown MTL where I prepare sandwiches, bagels and pastries. One day I had a client ask me for a grilled cheese. We didnt advertise serving grilled cheese but it could definitely be done. The time it would take and the space it would take on the grill would lessen the profits for the business. I smiled politely to the client and said it would be the best she ever had. It dawned on me then that a vendor selling only grilled cheese to a consistant demand of clients could supply the demand efficiently within 3minutes for a very low cost.

Im very interested in this topic and would apprecite any feed on the topic. Where do I look into getting permits?

Thank You for your enthusiasm


streetfoodmtl February 1, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Hi Michael,

Your best bet to search for permits is to contact the ARRQ (Association des Restaurateurs de Rue du Quebec). They should be able to help you out. http://arrqofficial.blogspot.ca/

Good luck!!



Eugenia February 4, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Hi Dustin,

I came across your blog and would like to add you to our media list as we often collaborate with bloggers on behalf of our clients.

Can you please email me your full coordinates at eugenia@elevatorinc.com?

Thank you so much.


Eugenia Manolakos
Bilingual Consultant
elevator communications inc.
120 Front Street East, Suite 203
Toronto, ON M5A 4L9
t: 416.363.6444 x 231


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