Pastries and fresh rhubarb (and lemon tarte)
Fresh rhubarb isn't in most of our gardens yet. But Stéphanie Labelle, the owner and chef of Patisserie Rhubarbe on the Plateau in Montreal, already has some tender stalks from the Richelieu Valley.
Rhubarb is an apt name for her pastry shop too: she wants her tempting desserts fresh and not too sweet. (Case in point - the exotic lemon tarte in the photo.) She'll be whipping up some rhubarb pastries for a pastry workshop at the depanneur Le Pick Up on May 31st and for a kaffeeklatch at Laloux on Sunday, June 5th from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.