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October 2018 at Bistrot La Minette

10th Anniversary Celebration

Banquet des Chasseurs: a Hunter’s Banquet

Wednesday, October 17 – Friday, October 19, 2018 $75 pp

From Wednesday, October 17 until Friday October 19, we will suspend a la carte service, offering instead a multi-course feast paired with endless “toasts” in the form of pastis, kirs and red and white wines – all inspired by one of my most memorable nights in France.

In 2003, I traveled to France to see my then-girlfriend (now wife!) and met her family near their village in Burgundy—a quiet town where, occasionally, they threw village-wide parties to bring everyone, young and old, together for a celebratory meal. At the time of my visit, they were hosting a ‘hunter’s banquet’ with locally caught boar and foraged mushrooms, and it was a meal I’ll never forget. I will personally oversee our Banquet des Chasseurs along with Chef Kenneth BUSH. In Burgundy, every table was scattered with bottles of wine and pastis, poured into tiny glasses and raised in frequent toasts throughout the meal, and together, we devoured everything in sight, then stayed up dancing till dawn with the entire town. Reservations are strongly recommended for this memorable meal, which will include:

A selection of pastis, kirs and red and white wines,
all served in small glasses to encourage frequent toasts throughout the meal in the French tradition

Assiette Fraîcheur

Family-style selection of salads, fresh vegetables and dipping sauces

Croûte Forestière aux Morilles

Rustic toasted bread with morel and wild mushroom ragout,vin jaune and fresh herbs

Civet de Sanglier

Spiced wild boar-red wine stew with potato gratin

Assiette de Fromages
Family-style cheese plate including Delice de Bourgogne, Aged Comté and Bleu d’Auvergne, served with green salad and fig compote

Tarte aux Myrtilles

Blueberry tart with almond pastry cream and blueberry sorbet

 

The meal will also conclude with house-baked croissants to take home, also inspired by my experience in France: When the dancing finally ended, my future sisters-in-law—whom I had just met—walked us back through town, and led us to a dark alley. We walked through the back door into their father’s bakery and were greeted by the heavenly aroma of freshly baked croissants. He began shoveling them out of the oven, and we devoured them; it was the perfect ending to a perfect night (and, I thought, a pretty good indication that I’d found my second family!).

—Chef Peter WOOLSEY