Skip to content

Posts from the ‘Events’ Category

Watch the Duckathlon 2014 Video

Drumroll please ….Here’s the video of our first-ever public Duckathlon!

This year our farmers came together with our chef clients and they served up games and challenges, and most importantly plenty of food and drink. Winners were declared, prizes distributed and everyone went home with a full belly and a (slightly) light head.


We  had a photo booth by photographer Claire Rosen and all the photos are available right here.

Claire Rosen Photo Booth Montage

For even more photos of all the action, check our Facebook page.

Duckathlon Montage

We want to thank all our sponsors, chefs and farmers … and especially YOU, the public who came and played with us at this unique event. See you next year for Duckathlon 2015!


The Duckathlon Redux

If you like to play with your food, the Duckathlon is the place to be.

So what is the Duckathlon exactly?

It’s a culinary obstacle course with multiple challenges – some are tough, some are funny, but all are food and wine related. Except the ones that involve Armagnac, gin and beer.


It all began as a private event back in 2005 for our chef clients to let down their toques and test their skills in a friendly competition. Some teams wore costumes, themed t-shirts (with foie gras a favorite subject), and crazy hats.

Now for the first time, the Duckathlon is open to the public! That means you and your food-obsessed friends can take the same challenges that stymied the chefs. There are prizes and medals for those teams that score highest.

Not sure you can come as a team of four? We got your back. Purchase a single ticket and we’ll pair you up with a team on site.

And not to worry about our chef friends – they’re still coming,  but this time they will serve you tasting portions of delectable dishes they made with our products.

Our farmers will be there, too. And all proceeds go to the Action Against Hunger FoodLove initiative.

But get your tickets soon – the Duckathlon is on Saturday, June 14, 2014, from 12:00 – 5:00 pm.

You can purchase tickets here. But you cannot buy them at the door!

The team from Felix Restaurant featured a guest member: Elyse Pasqual, who blogs at

The team from Felix Restaurant featured a guest member: Elyse Pasquale, who blogs at

Want more? Watch this!


And the Village Voice just posted about the new Duckathlon, which they urge you to attend.

Heed the call – or in this case, the quack.

We hope to see you there!




The Duckathlon 2014

For nine years, The Duckathlon has tested the mettle of our chef clients, challenging them with a culinary obstacle course unlike any other.

Good news! The Duckathlon is – FOR THE FIRST TIME – open to the public. Now you can run the challenge course and drink deeply from the cup of victory. New York City’s ultimate food competition wants you!

The team from Felix Restaurant featured a guest member: Elyse Pasqual, who blogs at

The team from Felix had a guest member: Elyse Pasquale, who blogs at

How well do you know a pig’s anatomy? How many crêpes can you flip in one minutes? Can you handle the heat?  Better start training now!

The Duckathlon will take place in NYC on June 14, 2014.

Yes, lipstick was part of the Egg Spin Out challenge.

Lipstick was part of the Egg Spin Out challenge. David Burke was game!

Call your friends with good palates, wine knowledge, and sense of competition.

Get them to join you and build a formidable team. Win prizes, eat, drink, laugh and learn.


500 competitors
125 teams
25 challenges
15 sustainable farmers
15 local restaurants
Beer, wine, whiskey, Armagnac

Learn more about the particulars right here. And get your tickets here.

See you in the winner’s circle!


Taste of France

For those who attended Taste of France in Bryant Park last weekend, you already know what a blast the event was. Any of you who missed it should join us next year!

This short video interview with Ariane posted at The Daily Meal gives a good overview of the event, as does our highlights album below (full album can be seen on our Facebook page).  Vive la France!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Second Annual Taste of France in NYC


The world’s largest event dedicated to France will be taking place at Bryant Park in New York City on Saturday, Sept. 28 – Sunday, Sept. 29. Of course D’Artagnan will be there serving food and working with the cadre of chefs involved.

There will be food, wine, music, fashion, chef demos, literary figures, a French bulldog contest, fun for the kids, prizes and much, much more…we hope to see you there!

Learn about Taste of France here and visit the Facebook page for details about specific events. Follow the Twitter hashtag #TasteofFrance.

Taste of France at NASDAQ

Ariane and others involved in Taste of France rang the opening bell at NASDAQ on 9/19. Click photo to watch the video.

Duckathlon VIII, The Video

Duck yeah!  Here’s all the evidence  needed to destroy any future political  careers.

Our annual Duckathlon was held on June 9 in the Meatpacking District of NYC. This year, our cameras followed the team from Annisa restaurant as they prepared for the event.  This profile of elite duckathletes gives a sense of what it takes to compete in our culinary obstacle course. With Chef Anita Lo leading her team “The Foie Freedom Fighters,” expect to see fierce competition along with the zaniness.  All for Life, Liverty, and the pursuit of Quackiness!

With many thanks to our partners, sponsors, judges, and all the teams who participated.  Looking forward to seeing you all at Duckathlon in 2014!

Duckathlon VIII, Reducks

Last Sunday we hosted the 8th annual Duckathlon in the Meatpacking District of NYC.  In our infamous event, chefs compete in a culinary obstacle course that  takes them through hot eateries, dark bars and the diverse shops at the Chelsea Market.  The competition was stiff, and we had a fantastic turnout of teams, sponsors and judges. Check out a few of our photos below… and check our Facebook page for more pics.  And stay tuned – the video is coming soon!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Duckathlon VIII

Best dressed:  Felix Restaurant 

3rd place: Le Maitres Cuisiniers “Team Clement” 

2nd place: Le Bernardin “Fish Heads”

1st place: Annisa “The Foie Freedom Fighters”

Participating Teams included:

Annisa, Delicatessen/Macbar, Commerce Restaurant, Daniel,  Le Bernardin,  wichcraft, Archibald’s Kitchen (City of NY), Felix RestaurantNinety Acres, Rob’s Bistro, Le Maitres Cuisiniers, Oceana, Taste of France, Mirabelle at the Three Village Inn, Bistro Vendome and a team from Restaurant Associates.

Judges:  David Burke, Barbara LynchJessica B. Harris, Adam GopnikNicole Peyrafitte

Special thanks to our generous sponsors!

Baron Francois, Biergarten at The StandardBobolink Dairy,  Bowery Kitchen Supplies, Buon ItaliaCanelés de Céline, Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte, Chateau de Laubade, Chelsea Market BasketsChelsea Wine VaultColicchio & Sons, Dickson’s Farmstand Meats, Doughnuttery, Fat Witch Bakery, Harney & Sons Fine Teas, Hogs & HeifersL’Arte Del Gelato, Lucy’s Whey, MacelleriaManhattan Fruit Exchange, RdV LoungeRobert Kacher SelectionsSt. Canut Farms, SixpointVermont Creamery, Volvic

And big thanks to all our volunteers! 

Save the Date: Game Dinner at Daniel

For more information, and to buy tickets, email Julia Murphy.

Celebrate France! Eat Duck!

Sample these beautiful dishes (and many more!) from our awesome chef clients from around the country! Check out the full list of D’Artagnan duck + Le Taste of France participating restaurants and make your reservations now! Promotion ends this Sunday, September 30th.


Brasserie Beaumarchais  409 West 13th Street New York, NY  |  (212) 675-2400


Seared Duck Breast, Orange Braised Fennel, Orange Dust and Orange and Fennel Salad from Beaumarchais, NYC

Benoit  60 West 55th Street New York, NY  |  (646) 943-7373


Le Bateau Ivre  230 East 51st Street #1 New York, NY  |  (212) 583-0579


Magret de Canard au Poivre at Bateau Ivre, NYC

La Mangeoire   1008 2nd Ave New York, NY |  (212) 759-7086


Craftbar  900 Broadway New York, NY  |  (212) 461-4300


Rouen Duck with Cassoulet for Two at Craftbar, NYC

The Americano  518 W. 27th St. New York, NY  |  (212) 216-0000


La Marina  348 Dyckman Street New York, NY  |  (212) 567-6300


Roast D’Artagnan Duck Breast, Duck Leg Confit, Shiitake Risotto, Glazed Black Mission Figs, Red Wine Reduction at La Marina, NYC

Alison Eighteen 15 West 18th Street New York, NY  |  (212) 366-1818


Paradou  8 Little West 12th St. New York, NY  |  (212) 463-8345


Cast Iron Roasted Rohan Duck Breast, Grilled Marinated White Peaches, Braised Cippolinis, Carrot Purée and Foie Gras ‘Anglaise’ Sauce from Paradou, NYC

Landmarc Tribeca  179 West Broadway New York, NY  |  (212) 343-3883


Landmarc Time Warner Center  10 Columbus Circle, 3rd Floor  New York, NY  |  (212) 823-6123




Allswell  124 Bedford Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11206  |  (347) 799-2743


Woodland  242 Flatbush Ave Brooklyn, NY 11217  |  (718) 398-7700


Le Comptoir  251 Grand Street Brooklyn, NY 11211  |  (718) 486-3300


Juliette 135 North 5th Street Brooklyn, NY 11249  |  (718) 388-9222


Rohan Duck Breast, Celery Root Puree, Roasted Salsify, Tuscan Kale, Medjool Dates and Autumn Herb Jus at Juliette in Brooklyn, NY



Alobar 46-42 Vernon Boulevard Long Island City, NY 11101  |  (718) 752-6000


Duck Confit Sloppy Joe with Fried Duck Egg on Brioche at Alobar in Long Island City, NY



Public House 49  49 East Main St. Patchogue, NY 11772  |  (631) 569-2767




Due Mari  78 Albany Street New Brunswick, NJ 08901  |  (732) 296-1600


Special Duck Dish at Due Mari in New Brunswick, NJ

Just Restaurant 2280 Route 9 South Old Bridge, NJ 08857  |  (732) 707-4800


Rob’s Bistro  75 Main Street  Madison, NJ 07940  |  (973) 377-0067


“Duck, duck, foie!” at Rob’s Bistro in Madison, NJ

Village Green Restaurant  36 Prospect Street Ridgewood, NJ 07450  |  (201) 445-2914


Firefly American Bistro 152 Main Street  Manasquan, NJ 08736  |  (732) 223-0152


Sous Vide Magret Duck Breast, Chantrelle Mushroom & Blackberry Pinot Noir Glace Mounted with Foie Gras, Roasted Heirloom Carrot at Firefly American Bistro in Manasquan, NJ



The Diningroom at Little Palm Island 28500 Overseas Hwy. Little Torch Key, FL 33042  |  (305) 872-2524


Duck Nouveau Cordon Bleu at The Diningroom at Little Palm Island, Little Torch Key, FL



The Van Camp House 135 N. Ridge St.  Port Sanilac, MI 48469  |  (810) 622-0558




The Inn at Dos Brisas 9400 Champion Drive  Brenham, TX 77833  |  (979) 277-3003




Caribou Cafe 1126 Walnut St.  Philadelphia, PA 19107  |  (215) 625-9535


The Pickled Heron 2218 Frankford Ave  Philadelphia, PA 19125  |  (215) 634-5666


Zinc Restaurant  246 S. 11th Street Philadelphia, PA 19107  |  (215) 351-9901


A la Maison Bistro  53 W. Lancaster Ave. Ardmore, PA 19003  |  (484) 412-8009


Restaurant Alba  7 West King Street  Malvern, PA 19355  |  (610) 644-4009


Bibou BYOB  1009 S. 8th Street Philadelphia, PA 19147  |  (215) 965-8290


Warm Duck Rillette Wrap in Feuille de Brick, Shaved Heirloom Baby Carrot, Watercress Salad, Sherry Vinegar Duck Jus at Bibou BYOB



Ici Urban Bistro  806 15th Street Northwest Washington, DC 20005  |  (202) 730-8700


2941 Restaurant  2941 Fairview Park Drive  Falls Church, VA 22042  |  (703) 270-1500


Pekin Duck Three Ways: Garbure, Duck and Cabbage Sausage, Roasted Breast with Pomme Lyonnaise at 2941 Restaurant, Falls Church, VA



Union League Cafe  1032 Chapel Street New Haven, CT 06510  |  (203) 562-5199


Park Central Tavern  1640 Whitney Ave. Hamden, CT 06517  |  (203) 287-8887


Restaurant Jean-Louis  61 Lewis Street  Greenwich, CT 06830  |  (203) 622-8450


Caseus Fromagerie Bistro  93 Whitney Ave  New Haven, CT  |  (203) 624-3373


Three course duck prix fixe from Caseus Fromagerie Bistro in New Haven, CT



Tastings Wine Bar & Bistro  201 Patriot Place  Foxborough, MA 02035  |  (508) 203-9463


Gaslight Brasserie du Coin 560 Harrison Ave.  Boston, MA  |  (617) 422-0224


The Gallows  1395 Washington St. Boston, MA 02118  |  (617) 425-0200


Brasserie Jo  120 Huntington Ave  Boston, MA 02116  |  (617) 425-3240


Duck a L’Orange at Brasserie Jo, Boston


The D’Artagnan + Le Taste of France duck dish promotion runs until Sunday September 30th! Call for reservations now! And if you’re in the NYC area, pop by our booth at Le Taste of France this weekend!!

Celebrate France! Where to eat…

Have you tried one of the special D’Artagnan duck dishes offered by our amazing clients for Le Taste of France celebration?! If not, we’d suggest you make a reservation today! Check out the map below to find a participating restaurant. And take photos! We’ll share them on our facebook page and give you a special shout out.