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Foie-la-la SALE!

Just in time for the holidays, it’s our famous foie-la-la sale – take 20% off all foie gras and for TWO WHOLE DAYS!

Looking for the perfect party starter for Christmas? Medallion of foie gras with black truffles is quite nice. And there’s nothing like a terrine or torchon at the holidays, either as a gift or in a festive spread. Go ahead, indulge a little. It’s the holidays, after all.

HPC_FoieLaLa2DayThis limited-time offer ends Wednesday, 12/17/2014 at midnight EST. Discount may not be combined with any other offer and is not valid on pending or prior purchases. Offer applies to product purchase only, before shipping and handling; standard shipping charges will be applied.

Wishing for a White Truffle

Every season we fall in love with white truffles all over again.

Tuber magnatum pico is the most precious of all the truffles, and it has an all-too-brief season. That time is now, but it’s coming to an end. Celebrate the season and get your truffle soon. Let the delicate shavings transform your meals into blissful experiences.

Or give the ultimate gift to the foodiest foodie in your life.

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FLASH SALE! One Day Only

You have 12 hours …. head to dartagnan.com and save big time!  HPC_FlashSalePan

Last Day for Savings!

If you’ve looked at your email today, you know it’s Cyber Monday. This is just a gentle reminder that our special offer will end at midnight. You still have nearly 10 hours to shop at dartagnan.com and get these deals.

What a good time to stock up on foie gras, order a cassoulet for the holidays, gift baskets for your favorite food lovers, or just lay in a supply of meat to get you through slow-cooker season.

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Black Friday Savings!

It’s time to start shopping for the holidays! Enjoy savings all weekend and into Cyber Monday at dartagnan.com. Shop our gift collections, presentation gift baskets and other ideas sure to please the food lovers on your list … cassoulet for Christmas, anyone?

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*This limited-time offer ends Monday, 12/1/2014 at midnight EST. Discount may not be combined with any other offer and is not valid on pending or prior purchases or toward the purchase of Gift Certificates or Value Club Memberships. Offer applies to product purchase only, before shipping and handling; standard shipping charges will be applied. No promo code necessary.

Our Green Circle Chicken

You may have seen Mike Rowe’s TV show Somebody’s Gotta Do It on CNN last night … with our own Ariane and a flock of chickens! Mike was interested in our new Green Circle chickens because of the way they are raised. So he and Ariane went to the farm to see how it’s done.

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This Green Circle chicken was a passion project for Ariane, who was inspired by the common sense, waste-nothing philosophy of days past, when chickens lived on vegetable scraps and roamed freely around farmyards. It’s the way her grandmother raised chickens and they were the tastiest birds around.

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Free-ranging chickens.

In that tradition and in an effort to provide truly tasty chicken, we raise our chickens on a diet of surplus vegetables and trimmings. We’re talking about actual vegetables here – collected from commercial kitchens and farmer’s markets. By saving these vegetables from their fate in a landfill and turning them into nutritious chicken feed, we raise healthier birds and contribute to a better world.

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Mike Rowe with scraps from some of our restaurant clients.

Not only are they fed well, these chickens are certified humane, making them rare birds indeed. They are air-chilled during processing, which means you get nothing but pure chicken flavor, not retained water.

Our holistic approach produces truly wholesome results. And that’s why we call it a Green Circle chicken. No waste = great taste.

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Mike and Ariane enjoying a meal of chicken – what else? – in our Mennonite farmer’s home.

The Green Circle chicken is available on our website and in some retail stores. Ask for it in your local store and help us spread the word on this new kind of old-fashioned bird!

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Watch Mike Rowe Tonight!

Ariane will be on Mike Rowe’s excellent new show Somebody’s Gotta Do It tonight on CNN at 9 PM EST. Watch a little preview of what happens down on the chicken farm. And tune in for the full episode tonight!

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To get your own taste of the featured Green Circle Chicken, skip on over to our website.

And, yes, Mike is as nice as he appears to be on screen – he is a genuine guy with a big heart. Ariane had a wonderful day shooting this episode with him.

 

Perfect Pork Plating with Anita Lo

Chef Anita Lo of Annisa, a long-time friend of D’Artagnan, was featured on Serious Eats explaining her philosophy behind plating pork loin. Yes, it’s our Berkshire pork, but aside from that, we have a lot of respect for Chef Anita and find this a fascinating peek into the mind of a brilliant chef.

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We are not going to spoil this by trying to explain it, so  just head over to Serious Eats for the full post.

And for more Anita Lo – in action – check our video in which she and Ariane demonstrate how easy it is to sear foie gras.

FLASH SALE! Today Only!

Check the selection at dartagnan.com and save up to 40% off in our 12 hour flash sale.

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Ends October 21, 2014 at 9 PM EST. 

 

Master of the Game

No this is not about a new action movie, but rather a medieval book on hunting by Gaston de Foix, also called Gaston Phoebus, because of his bright blond hair like the Greek sun god.

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left to right, Gaston of the gleaming hair, the Arms of Foix-Béarn and a statue of Gaston.

Before your eyes glaze over at the prospect of reading history, we promise you drama, danger, murder and what is possibly the very first Burning Man festival. Plus pretty pictures of animals.

Gaston (1331 – 1391) was the 11th Count of Foix (in what is southern France today) and Viscount of Béarn (southwest France, today  Basque country and Gascony- Ariane’s neighborhood). From all accounts he was an interesting guy. He reportedly had three “special delights” in his life: “arms, love and hunting.”

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Map showing Béarn with purple outline, right by the Pyrenees, and Foix with red outline.

Which brings us to the point of this post; Gaston Phoebus wrote what is arguably the most famous book on hunting ever, Livre de chasse (Book of the Hunt) in the 1380s. He was a great huntsman – perhaps the greatest of his day. It was the pursuit of his lifetime to the very end: he died from a stroke while washing his hands after a bear hunt.

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Hunting a bear.

But the book is his legacy and actually comprised of four books: On Gentle and Wild Beasts, On the Nature and Care of Dogs, On Instructions for Hunting with Dogs, and On Hunting with Traps, Snares, and Crossbow.

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A full page of Gaston’s Book of the Hunt.

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Detail of the hares.

An impressive document on natural history, describing animal behavior as well as the stages of hunting those animals, it is considered to be one of the finest manuscripts of its time. It’s a powerful cultural history that took such care with observations of the natural world that it was in use as a textbook right into the 19th century.

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And it was a bestseller right from the start (as much as things could be when entirely hand-lettered, drawn and painted). The courts of France and Burgundy considered it a work of art, and in some hands it certainly was. Shining with gold and richly colored, perhaps the finest example is from the Masters of Bedford workshop.

Since it’s game season, and we are having a sale on all game meat this week (save 15% – no hunting necessary!), we wanted to share a little of this beautiful book with you. If you would like to see  more, check the Morgan Library & Museum website.

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What about the murder, the drama and Burning Man? Well, Gaston Phoebus had a son who, in adulthood, tried to poison his father. Then later, Phoebus accidentally stabbed and killed this only son in a fight. That’s Shakespeare-level drama.

While he had no heir, he did have four illegitimate sons. And one of them was burned alive at an unfortunate performance at a ball in Paris for King Charles VI of France. The Bal de Ardents, or Burning Man Ball, went down in history when a costume brushed against a torch and spread rather quickly, killing four dancers in the fire while the court watched. And here is where our story ends.

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Le Bal des Ardents, illuminated miniature from Jean Froissart’s Chroniques, note the dancer plunged into a wine barrel on the right, and how the musicians continue to play.