On March 21, over 3,000 restaurants in 150 countries will participate in the Goût de France/The Good France. Chefs from around the world will craft special menus to celebrate the Gastronomy of France. You can search on the website to find which restaurants in your city will be participating in the event. There are 4 restaurants in Chicago participating in Goût de France. I chose Café des Architects at Sofitel Chicago to experience their special menu.
I was welcomed by Chef Greg Biggers when I entered Café des Architects and he kindly went through the tasting menu with me. I was one of the first to try the menu before it's debut on March 21, I was honored.
I started with foie gras and pear which was absolutely delicious. I savored each bite while sipping a glass of champagne. An assortment of fresh bread was brought to the table with salted butter.
I was completely honest with Chef Briggers when we spoke that I wasn't a big vegetable fan but he was able to slide a new one in that I actually enjoyed. My first time eating leeks and I liked them. Shh! If you only come for one dish out of the four, this one was my standout favorite. The Truffle Poached Alaskan Halibut with mustard cream, mussels and leek fondue. I am still dreaming about it a few days later.
The Cheese course was complete with Cypress Grove Chèvre, mustard seed, gooseberry, and a rye cracker.
My grandma taught me to always save room for dessert and especially when it involves chocolate. The Chocolate Twist with passion fruit crémeaux, chocolate ganache, and cocoa nibs reminded me of my favorite Pierre Hermè macaron. I enjoyed a cup of French Press coffee and I sat in the restaurant people watching for a little while after the meal. I loved the ambience of the restaurant and I can't wait to check out the newly designed bar on my next visit.
This post was a partnership with Sofitel Chicago. All opinions are my own.