Le Frigo De Bacchus Inc
By YP Contributor

The Best of Quebec

Jacques Pilon and girlfriend Karine Robitaille are prone to impromptu road trips through the province’s back roads. “That’s the best way to discover a new microbrewery, cheese maker or that independent producer of local honey or unique blend of spices,” Karine explains. “Eventually, we came up with the idea of sharing our passion with our neighbours,” she says, and Jacques chimes in: “The timing also seemed appropriate, with more and more people buying locally. There are so many great products being made right here in Quebec, and we wanted to contribute to local producers’ success.”

The couple opened Le Frigo de Bacchus in October 2013 with the aim of introducing Quebecois producers to Rosemont residents. In no time, the reputation of the fine grocer-dépanneur-gift shop hybrid had spread throughout the island.

There are so many great products being made right here in Quebec, and we wanted to contribute to local producers’ success. - Jacques Pilon, co-owner
Le Frigo de Bacchus

Eat, Drink and Be Merry

“Microbrews are incredibly popular at the moment. People are always trying new ones, and it’s becoming analogous with wine tasting. That’s why we keep our fridges well-stocked,” explains Jacques.

Along the aisles, the selection changes with the seasons: a variety of honeys and ciders, sweet or savoury preserves, natural cosmetics, spices, fine teas, artisanal sodas, rillettes and smoked fish stream through the small grocery store. For a true bacchanalian feast, pick up some of local charcutier Ils en fument du bon’s products.

“One thing is for sure, we take a shining to a variety of products and we want to have something for everyone, regardless of the occasion," says Jacques. "People stop by on their way to a dinner party with friends to pick up the perfect gift for their hosts, drinks to go with any dish, snacks for any taste.... We’re truly a one-stop foodie shop.”

Le Frigo de Bacchus

A New Neighbourhood Institution

“Bacchus is the god of wine, partying and good food. And seeing as we love what we do and want to share the good things in life, we thought the name Le Frigo de Bacchus was a perfect fit,” Jacques says.

“We really create a unique bond with our customers; they’re often the ones suggesting new products to carry, something they sampled over a weekend in the Laurentians, for example,” Karine adds. “In that way, it’s become a kind of collaborative project involving the whole neighbourhood, and we derive great satisfaction from being the nexus of that.”

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