France News Daily: September Gastronomy Festival Offers 2-for-1 Gourmet Dining

France News Daily: September Gastronomy Festival Offers 2-for-1 Gourmet Dining

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Tous au restaurant poster, 2011 Fête de la gastronomique Fête de la gastronomie returns in September with 2-for-1 gourmet meals during “Tous au Restaurant” promotion throughout France

Dali Wiederhoft
BonjourParis France News Daily
Paris, July 4—Francophiles, culinary travelers and foodies making autumn travel plans to France may wish to note that a second Fête de la gastronomie (Festival of Gastronomy) has been scheduled for September 19-25. Gourmet restaurants around France are still signing up, but the line-up is already impressive and when else can you grab a 2-for-1 deal at restaurants headed by some of the world’s best chefs?

French super chef and international restaurateur Alain Ducasse cooked up the 2011 theme of “Tous au Restaurant” or, in English, “Everyone to the Restaurant.” Participating celebrity chefs joining Ducasse include Christian Constant, Guy Martin, Thierry Marx, Anne-Sophie Pic and Christian Etchebest.

In press materials issued by no less than Frédéric Lefebvre, French Minister of Economics, Finance and Industry, the idea is to promote French cuisine and terroir in a way that allows all comers to enjoy haute cuisine without pretense.

Advance reservations are a must; last year over 80,000 plates were served at 1,000 restaurants in France. Place reservations by phone or online at the official event website starting  Wednesday, September 7.

Alain Ducasse photo from Tous au restaurant press materials

Ducasse told Reuters his Paris restaurant Benoit will serve a four-course meal with desert for a cost of 70 euros total for two dinners.

“Gastronomy in France probably only concerns about 5 percent of the restaurant-going population,” Ducasse said. “Really, it should interest everybody: that’s what this operation is about.”

Paris Match described other events, such as a culinary treasure hunt in Paris, open kitchen tours and a wine tasting.

As of publication date, here is a list of participating restaurants.

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