Chef Ricardo Performs Shares his Culinary Magic at the Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens


Grand-Métis, August 11, 2022 – Celebrity chef Ricardo Larrivée will be at Les Jardins de Métis on Wednesday, August 17 to share his culinary magic. To celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee, Ricardo's will share his knowledge of the English tea, one of the rituals long associated with the monarchy. Two events will take place, a morning concert and afternoon tea. Media are invited to attend on the day or visit in the days leading up to the event.

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee with Ricardo Larrivée

On the occasion of the platinum jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the 150th anniversary of the birth of Elsie Reford, creator of Les Jardins de Métis, we invite you to a musical celebration with Ricardo in the arboretum adjacent to Estevan Lodge on August 17, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. On the program: music by the Conservatoire de musique de Rimouski quartet, a gâteau Reine Elizabeth lemonade. This event is free with admission to the gardens. In case of rain, same date, same time, the event will take place in the Aire Desjardins of the Great Hall.



Garden Party, an English tea with Ricardo Larrivée

The Reford Garden invites you to experience an English tea and Garden Party with Ricardo on Wednesday, August 17 at 4:00 p.m. on the Floral Terrace of Estevan Lodge. Join Ricardo Larrivée, Annie Vanasse (Director of the Conservatoire de musique de Rimouski) and Alexander Reford (Director of Les Jardins de Métis) for a three-course tea ceremony in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II's jubilee. The traditional English tea will be accompanied by the Baroque ensemble of the Conservatoire de musique de Rimouski, who will perform pieces inspired by the courts of Europe. Tickets are $200, with a donation receipt for $150. Proceeds go to the Elsie 150 Fund.

To reserve, call 418-775-2221 ext. 221. In case of rain, the event will take place in the Great Hall, a new building designed architect Pierre Thibault and Marie-Hélène Nollet, at the same date and time.


The menu created by Ricardo Larrivée and gardens’ chef Frédérick Boucher

  • 1st course: crustless sandwiches
    • Land - Beef, horseradish, mayonnaise
    • Sea - Smoked Arctic char
    • Vegetable - Cucumber, cream cheese, chives
  • 2nd course: plain scone, Devonshire cream, strawberry jam, fresh strawberries
  • 3rd course: homemade pastries
    • Macaroons with Elsie's emblem, from Les Pâtisseries et Gourmandises d'Olivier
    • Madeleine with sunflower and hazelnut butter
    • Mini eclair, geranium curd

This event is made possible with the assistance of Canadian Heritage, Les Aliments Dainty Foods, the rice company, and IGA de Mont-Joli.


The Elsie Legacy Project

In 2022, Les Amis des Jardins de Métis is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Elsie Reford with a series of events and special projects. Our 150 celebrations feature women in various fields of endeavour. To perpetuate her memory after 2022, Les Amis des Jardins de Métis is establishing the Elsie 150 Fund, an endowed internship program that will contribute to incubating the next generation of women leaders in various fields.

Born in 1872, Elsie Reford dedicated her energy to improving Montreal and the life of Montreal women. She was the co-founder of the Women’s Canadian Club of Montreal. Through her inspired leadership of the Montreal Maternity Hospital, the Montreal Council of Social Agencies and the Victorian Order of Nurses, she demonstrated her commitment to women’s health. She led the fight for access to medical services for the underprivileged. Her example of philanthropy in action is today inspiring a new generation of women.