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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!

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Second Annual Taste of France in NYC

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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!

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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.

 jmurphy@danielnyc.com

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.

MANHATTAN

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

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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

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

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Magret de Canard au Poivre at Bateau Ivre, NYC

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

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

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Rouen Duck with Cassoulet for Two at Craftbar, NYC

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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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BROOKLYN

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

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

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

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

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

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QUEENS

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

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

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LONG ISLAND

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

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NEW JERSEY

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

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Special Duck Dish at Due Mari in New Brunswick, NJ

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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FLORIDA

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

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

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MICHIGAN

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

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TEXAS

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

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PHILADELPHIA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WASHINGTON DC AREA

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

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

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

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CONNECTICUT

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

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

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

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

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

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BOSTON AREA

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

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

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

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

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Duck a L’Orange at Brasserie Jo, Boston

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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.

 

Join in the Fun at Le Taste of France

Le Taste of France is a national celebration of French culture that culminates with a big weekend event (Le Show) in NYC on September 29 & 30. D’Artagnan is proud to participate as a sponsor, and will be serving savory treats at Le Show. We invite you to come out, meet and mingle, sample dishes from some great chefs, sip French wines, buy French wares, learn to play pétanque and join in the general joie de vivre.

But never fear, if you are not in NYC and want a taste of France, many of our restaurant clients around the country will be playing along.  They will offer a special D’Artagnan duck dish on the menu from September 20-30, and will show their French spirit in unique ways. So put on your beret and find a restaurant near you to join in the fun. Check our map for participating restaurants. And please take photos of the duck dishes and share them on our Facebook page. We’ll be doing the same!

Remembering Julia

Ariane Daguin and Julia Child had many things in common – height, boldness, creativity, humor and a healthy dose of irreverence. But the thing that bonded them was their passion for sharing the pleasures of French food with America. While Julia had TV audiences eating out of her hand, she took time to encourage Ariane in the early years of D’Artagnan to help the fledgling business grow.

August 15, 2012 would have been Julia’s 100th birthday and it’s a time to celebrate her life. Here, Ariane reflects on how much Julia meant to her, sharing memories of the culinary icon that inspired a generation, and who continues to do so.

D’Artagnan exists today in part thanks to Julia Child.

First, because she was the initiator of the good food crusade; in our world of gastronomy, there are definitely two Americas: the one before, and the one after Julia!

Certainly, she was the pioneer who elevated good food to a higher priority in this country. Without her, legions of dedicated artisanal suppliers like us, passionate chefs, and prolific writers would not be here today, arguing about the true meaning of organic, what constitutes local and seasonal boundaries, or the proper age of a Berkshire pig to achieve ideal belly fat.

Second, because not only did she help advance the “good food” cause in general, but she also helped me promote D’Artagnan’s mission, in the early days of the company. 

I met Julia while her influence was at its height. She could not participate in a cooking seminar, enter a restaurant, or even cross the street without creating a mob scene. So I learned quickly that once we entered a public place, whether intimate or not, there would be no more one-on-one conversation.

At the time, 28 years ago (when D’Artagnan started), she was actively working to organize the gastronomes of the country, and constantly invited us to participate in her events and gatherings.

When we were together at those gatherings, she would take me under her wing, like a second mother this side of the Atlantic Ocean.

While giggling in French between us, she would make a point to introduce me to everybody in sight who was “somebody.”

I remember, in particular, one of the first conferences of the A.I.W.F. (American Institute of Wine and Food), that she helped create. We had, after she introduced us to each other, extremely animated discussions: one with Calvin Trillin on cooking spare ribs, and the other with Alice Waters, on which kind of thyme can grow where.

At every food show where she knew we were participating, she would come and get me at D’Artagnan’s booth. We would then walk the aisles together, creating an instant mob scene wherever we decided to stop and taste the goods.

The last time I saw Julia was in Boston, just before she left to retire for good in Santa Barbara, CA. She had invited me to do a talk about foie gras, in the afternoon, then brought me to a Les Dames D’Escoffier cocktail event where, as usual, all the guests flocked around her the minute we entered the room. That evening, for the first time, she had to ask for a chair and continued her greetings while seated.

The next day for lunch, she asked me to meet her at Biba, Lydia Shire’s restaurant which was then THE place to be in Boston. I arrived slightly late (visiting chef clients and getting lost in Boston in the morning). When I got there, Julia was already at the table, seated in front of a tall drink that appeared to be tomato juice. Going with what I assumed was the flow, I asked the waiter for a Bloody Mary. To which Julia added, in her unmistakable multi-tone voice: “Oh, what a good idea! Could you make mine one, too?”  At which, Lydia arrived on the double, with a bottle of vodka in hand. Glasses were filled (constantly) and I remember nothing but that sentence that I try, very badly, to imitate once in a while.

It’s wonderful to see the world celebrating her life on the 100th anniversary of her birth this month. But I’m not surprised, because there is no other “food celebrity” that inspires more affection and devotion than Julia. Actually, she was the beginning of our modern concept of a food celebrity. Her personality was so huge and so generous that it came through the TV. Whether she was tossing a limp, American-style baguette over her shoulder in disgust or burning her eyebrows off making bananas flambé, Julia embodied the spirit of adventure in cooking. She was always learning, even as she taught. She made cooking entertaining, took it from drudgery to artistry—and beyond, to fun. And she did it in a very approachable way, making mistakes, dropping things on the floor, the way you do in real life. Suddenly, French food wasn’t so fancy; it was food you could make at home.

It seems to me that you can’t overestimate the importance of a cultural phenomenon like Julia. Without her, would we even have multiple TV channels dedicated to cooking shows? Or so many food blogs?  I think that the cult of the kitchen started with Julia. She made people want to cook, talk about food and challenge themselves in the kitchen. 

And even now, years after her death, her fame grows with biographical books and movies. This month, to celebrate the 100th anniversary, there are restaurants around the country offering special menus of her recipes. But most of all, there are people cooking her recipes at home. That’s her true legacy. She got people to embrace French cuisine in their kitchens, with her confident voice ringing in their ears and her inspired (and tested!) recipes as a guide. Her joie de vivre and passion for food were infectious. Sharing that on her TV show made French food accessible to Americans. It made her a star, and she even created a catchphrase–that sing-song trademark sign off, “bon appétit!”  - Ariane

Vive la France!! Celebrate Bastille Day with us!

Ariane, along with Andy – our President, and Pierre – our VP of Sales NYC, are shining up their boules for Cercle Rouge’s annual Bastille Day petanque tournament. If you’re in the NYC area, come on down and join in the fun this Thursday, July 12th. There will be live music, petanque,  plenty of pastis and grilled merguez. Hope to see you there!

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