Amy Blackmore is the Executive and Artistic Director of the “St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival”. She’ll be judging pizzas in the gluten-free category.
Is it hard to find gluten-free pizza in Montreal?
I grew up eating pizza all the time. When I was a teenager, me and my friends would get together every Saturday night and order an extra-large pizza with suicide hot sauce on it for, like, $9.99 with a two-litre bottle of pop, and we’d sit around crying while we ate it because it was so hot, but we just loved it.
Later, when I was in school, studying to be a dancer, pizza was my main food group, so when I found out that the rest of my life was going to be gluten-free, I remember being devastated. Ever since then, I’ve been on a kind of mission to find the best gluten-free pizza in the city, but it’s been really difficult. I think it’s because, at least in my opinion, it’s really hard to get the right cheese-to-sauce ratio, and of course, getting the right kind of crust.
Do you have a favourite type of pizza?
The Margherita is a classic but I also love it when people experiment and try different things. The only thing I really dislike is those “everything-but-the-kitchen-
You’re in the theatre business. I’m guessing a lot of those late-night rehearsals end with a big pizza order.
Absolutely! We’re putting up The Rocky Horror Show right now. We’ve got dancers, technicians, stagehands, so you can be sure that at the end of the night there’s going to be lot of pizza involved. Those are really some of the best moments in this business, when you order pizza for your gang and everybody reaches in and grabs a slice, because it’s all about coming together and sharing.
Sounds like a lot of fun! Tell me about the The Rocky Horror Show.
It’s the live version of the original Broadway musical that inspired the movie. We have a full band and 35 cast members but it’s a small theatre so it’s a very intimate experience. It’s become a kind of hallowe’en tradition but the real reason we keep doing it every year is just because we have a lot of fun doing it.
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Writer: Robbie Dillon