On September 29-30, 2012, Le Taste of France Show will premiere in New York City at Hudson River Park’s Pier 54 as the first and largest French culinary and lifestyle fundraising event to benefit Action Against Hunger and honor “La Fête de la Gastronomie” in France. Members of Les Maîtres Cuisiniers deM France and l’Académie Culinaire de France, two organizations representing the top French chefs in the world, will join forces to present authentic dishes from France’s six regions paired with their signature desserts and drinks.
Special Ambassadors of Le Taste of France Show are Jacques Pépin, Legendary Chef and T.V. personality; Marc Murphy, Executive Chef and Owner of Benchmarc Restaurants (Landmarc and Ditch Plains); Ariane Daguin, Food maven and Founder of D’Artagnan; Karine Bakhoum, better known as The Iron Palate and frequent Judge on Iron Chef America.
“I’ve lived in New York for over 20 years, but my earliest cooking experiences were in Paris. Both the French culture and cuisine have influenced and shaped me as a chef and it’s an honor to take part in Le Taste of France Show New York 2012.” – Marc Murphy
The focus of Le Taste of France Show is to give cultural and regional identities to French dishes that are usually identified outside of France as “French food”. In the spirit of solidarity, participating chefs will collaborate on dishes from their regions alongside their own countrymen. Regional culinary tastings will range from the Crêpes and Ciders of Brittany to the Pastis and Bouillabaisse of Provence.
Among the French chefs and restaurateurs representing their regions and cooking at Le Taste of France Show:
- NORTHEAST: Alsace – Franche-Comté – Burgundy – Champagne
Chefs for the region: Chef Raymond Ost (Sandrine’s Bistro, Cambridge, MA); Chef Alain Eigenman (Alain’s Bistrot, New York, NY); Chef Claude Godard (Jeanne and Gaston and Madison Bistro restaurants, New York, NY); Chef Olivier de Saint Martin (Caribou Café, Zinc Bistro a Vins, Philadelphia, PA).
- NORTHWEST: Brittany – Normandy – Picardie – Loire Valley – Poitou-Charente
Chefs for the region: Chef Jean-Louis Dumonet (The Union Club, New York, NY and President of the American and Canadian Delegation of Les Maîtres Cuisiniers de France).
- CENTER: Auvergne – Limousin
Chefs for the region: Chef Jean-Michel Bergougnoux (L’Absinthe, New York, NY)
- SOUTHEAST: Rhone-Alps – Provence – Cote D’azure – Languedoc-Roussillon
Chefs for the region: Chef Christian Têtedoie (World President of Les Maîtres Cuisiniers de France); Chef Nico Romo (FISH Restaurant, Charleston, NC); Chef Serge Devesa (Barclay Bar and Grill, New York, NY); Chef Xavier Salomon (Navio-Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, CA); Chef Jacques Sorci (The Carlyle Restaurant, New York, NY); Chef Bernard Liberatore (The Core Club, New York, NY); Chef Jean Louis Gérin (Chez Jean-Louis, Greenwich, CT and President of the American Delegation of l’Académie Culinaire de France); Chef Jean-Jacques Bernat (Provence en Boite, Brooklyn, NY).
- SOUTHWEST: Aquitaine – Gascony – Midi-Pyrenees
Chefs for the region: Chef Pierre Landet (La Marina, New York, NY); Chef Laurent Manrique (Millesime, New York, NY & Café de la Presse, San Francisco, CA); Chef Christian Delouvrier (La Mangeoire, New York, NY); Chef Jérome Ferrer (visiting chef – Européa, Montreal, Canada); Chef Stéphane Verdille (Consulat de France à New York).
In addition to French gastronomie, Le Taste of France Show will feature French Live Music, Pétanque, a French Bulldog Show to benefit The French Bulldog Rescue Network and a Parisian style Flea Market of French artisans selling a collection of French art, food, and other goods that you’d be hard-pressed to find in stores anywhere else in the States.
A selection of French beverages will be highlighted during the celebration: from a collection of exceptional French wines presented by Le Dû Wines; a Calvados Bar presented by the Barclay Bar; an Absinthe Bar presented by Viridian Spirits and a Pastis Bar presented by Pernod-Ricard. Alongside this will be the educational component: wine seminars presented at La Maison du Vin.
Day Events – $30 in advance; $40 at the door
Saturday, September 29, 2012 – 11:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, September 30, 2012 – 11:00am to 6:00pm
All food and drinks will be available for purchase with Mariannes, the official currency of Le Taste of France Show.
Special Evening – $149 (All inclusive)
“La Soirée” Saturday, September 29th, 2012 – 6:30pm to 11:00pm
To purchase tickets and to learn more about Le Taste of France Show and “La Soirée” please visit us at LeTasteofFrance.com.