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"à la carte" festival 2016 - Chicago, Oct. 19-30, 2016

"à la carte" festival 2016 - Chicago, Oct. 19-30, 2016

Published on September 27, 2016
The second annual "à la carte" festival, a celebration of contemporary French food, wine and art of living, designed to excite and inspire food lovers of all ages, will take place in Chicago from October 19 to 30, 2016.

For a whole week, guests will experience new and classic foods, pastries, and beverages all while discovering the many flavors of France! From October 19 to 30, 2016, everyone is invited to celebrate the French table.

This week-long event includes specially crafted menus at restaurants, cooking workshops, tastings, a recipe contest via social media, and activities for children and families...
 

All the "à la carte" events...

 

• Launch Party for à la carte Chicago 2016
• "My Favorite French Dish or Pastry" contest for K-12 students (Deadline Oct. 16)
• Jean-Claude Boisset Wine Dinner
• Oyster tasting and wine pairing
• Taste & Toast Goes Worldwide
• Lunch with the Consul General of France
• Cooking Demo with Madelaine Bullwinkel
• 5-week topic class: Only in Lyon
• A Taste of Armagnac
• Food Allergies: where medical science and food science meet at the family table
• Lyon Lecture with Pascale Remy
• Classic Savory breads
• Cooking Demo with Dominique Tougne
• Lyon Gastronomic Dinner
• Discovering la confiserie - French Confections
• French Wine Tasting at Volo
• Shadow a Chef with Dominique Tougne
• Entre les Bras Film
• Taste of Aveyron Class
• Special screening "Kings of Pastry" with Chef Jacquy Pfeiffer in person!
• Join Chez Moi & Veuve Clicquot to toast à la carte
• Passport to France 2016

2016 Events

Launch Party for à la carte Chicago 2016

Get an exclusive first look at the second annual French Food Festival taking place in Chicago and throughout the Midwest. Meet the chefs, learn about our exciting events, and enjoy hors d’œuvres & beverages provided by à la carte 2016 sponsors. This event to be held at 360 Chicago, formerly John Hancock Observatory, is organized by the à la carte committee.

When: Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 4-6pm
Location: 875 N Michigan Avenue, 94th Floor · Chicago, IL 60611
Hosted by: 360 Chicago
Price: Free, invitation only


"My Favorite French Dish or Pastry" contest for K-12 students (Deadline Oct. 16)

As part of the à la carte festival, the Cultural Services at the Consulate General of France in Chicago and the American Association of Teachers of French (Chicago – North Illinois Chapter) are organizing a drawing, writing and video contest around the theme "My Favorite French Dish or Pastry". Enter for a chance to win a French Treats Basket, French books, CDs and DVDs! "My Favorite French Dish or Pastry" contest is open to all K-12 students from Chicago and the surrounding area. Write a short essay or poetry, draw a drawing, shoot a short video about what you like the most in French cuisine.
The best works will be published on the “à la carte” website and the winners will receive their awards from the Consul General of France in Chicago during the closing ceremony of “à la carte” on October 30 at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

When: Sunday, October 16, 2016
Location: 205 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 3700 · Chicago, IL 60601
Hosted by: Consulate General of France in Chicago
Admission details: Free
Deadline: All drawings, essays, poetry and videos must be received by the Cultural Services at the Consulate General of France in Chicago no later than Sunday, October 16, 2016


Jean-Claude Boisset Wine Dinner

Neil has worked in the wine and spirits industry since 1996 and has been the USA Export Director for The Boisset Family since 2009. He is passionate about Burgundy where he lived for 23 years and its regional wines. He has come to understand the complexity of its « terroirs », the annual trials and tribulations of its growers and winemakers, but most of all to appreciate the wonderful diversity of its wines; legendary chardonnays and pinot noirs from the most complex yet astounding collection of Vineyards on earth.

When: Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 6:30pm
Location: Chez Moi · 2100 N Halsted St · Chicago, Illinois 60614
Hosted by: Chez Moi
Phone: (773) 871-2100
Admission details: $75 per person


Oyster tasting and wine pairing

Join us Wednesday, October 19th, from 5:30 to 7:00pm as we embark upon hosting an oyster and wine education and event from the perspective of the Mecca of haute-cuisine, France. Founding Partners of Shaw’s, Steve LaHaie, will give one of his wonderful and passionate talks about oysters with more in-depth focus on the relationship that France has had with this wonderful bivalve.
Wine Director Jim Haupt will take us through three different pairings, all from France to show the versatility of oyster and wine as a great way to begin a meal. $45 per person (plus tax and gratuity) Ten oysters (2 each of the 5 oyster species) Belons, Olympias, Kumamotos, Shigoku, Island Creek, French wine pairing.

When: Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 5:30-7:00pm
Location: Shaw’s Crab House · 21 E Hubbard Street · Chicago, Illinois 60611
Hosted by: Shaw’s Crab House
Phone: 312-527-2722
Admission details: $45
Please call 312-527-2722 to book your seats. Credit card required.


Taste & Toast Goes Worldwide

The best way to develop your taste buds and acquire the lexicon of a connoisseur? Blind tasting! Team up and match what you taste with the right description. Compare French wine to wines from Europe and the New World. Have fun with our new sommeliers and make friends at the Bistrot de l’Alliance... and never hesitate again to mention a wine’s "racy acidity" or "hint of toasted vanilla spice."
A certified sommelier, she has studied through the International Sommelier Guild and is also a Cicerone Certified Beer Server. A professionally trained chef, Meghan has worked in sales for a fine wine importer and distributor for the last several years Additionally, Meghan consults for Chicago area restaurants curating wine programs and training staff members in all things wine. Most recently she has taken a position managing the Illinois market for Henriot, Inc. One of Meghan’s greatest joys in life is sharing the fascinating world of wine with others!

When: Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 7:00pm
Location: Alliance Française de Chicago · 54 W Chicago Avenue · Chicago, Illinois 60610
Hosted by: Alliance Française de Chicago
Phone: (312) 337-1070
Admission details: Admission $30 for members, $40 non members. Series of 4: $105 for Members only.


Lunch with the Consul General of France

Share lunch with the Consul General of France, Vincent Floreani at Chez Moi restaurant in Lincoln Park! Discover Consul Floreani’s favorite dishes and the stories behind them. Enjoy a three-course menu prepared by Executive Chef Dominique Tougne. Wines will be provided by The Boisset Collection.

  • Course 1: Poached Egg in Red Wine
  • Course 2: Braised Short Rib with Puree of Potato
  • Course 3: Floating Island

When: Thursday, October 20, 2016, 11:30am-2:00pm
Location: Chez Moi · 2100 N Halsted St · Chicago, IL 60614
Hosted by: Chez Moi
Phone: (773) 871-2100
Admission details: $40.00 luncheon - Plus $10.00 tax and gratuity charge


Cooking Demo with Madelaine Bullwinkel

We are excited to kick-off à la carte Chicago with a hands-on cooking class with Madelaine Bullwinkel, featuring a dinner harvest from Provence. The flavors of olives, basil, walnuts and Rhone wine infuse this casual menu with the allure of Provence. Class members will experience the pleasures of the harvest as they prepare Grilled Goat Cheese in Grape Leaves, Spiced Olives, Fall Vegetable Soup with Pistou, Daube à l’Ancienne (Beef Shalots, Olives) and Walnut Cake with Chocolate Sauce. It’s a hearty fall meal that will taste wonderful throughout the cold weather months.
Chef Madelaine Bullwinkel, has been teaching French cooking skills in hands-on classes for almost 40 years and is the resident chef at Alliance Française de Chicago. She brings a wealth of experience to the classroom and has guided culinary tours for 20 years in Paris, the Limousin and Provence. In 2001, the Chicago Tribune honored her with the Good Eating Award.

When: Thursday, October 20, 2016, 6:30-9:30pm
Location: Read It & Eat · 2142 N Halsted St · Chicago, IL 60614
Hosted by: Read It & Eat
Admission details: $80


5-week topic class: Only in Lyon

Discover Lyon, a city of history, culture, gastronomy, fashion, and a UNESCO World Heritage site! Explore its charming neighborhoods and amazing bouchons Lyonnais.
Virginie, a native of Lyon, is eager to share her insight with you. Alors rendez-vous à Lyon !
This 5-week program for Intermediate 3 and above is presented by the Alliance Française de Minneapolis/St Paul.
bonjour@afmsp.org

When: Thursday, October 20, 2016, 6-8 pm
Location: Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul · 113 N First St · Minneapolis, MN 55401
Hosted by: Alliance Française Minneapolis / St Paul
Phone: (612) 332-0436
Admission details: $185
From Oct 20 to Nov 17, 6-8pm.


A Taste of Armagnac

Armagnac is the oldest brandy in France and a specialty of the Southwest of France. Join Viktorija Todorovska, an Armagnac Ambassador as she guides you through a tasting of 5 Armagnacs, from light and ethereal to full bodied, rich and unctuous and shows you how to pair them with aged cheese while teaching you how to make two delightful desserts: croustade, the traditional apple pie of Gascony made with Armagnac, and chocolate Armagnac truffles. A true feast for the taste buds!

When: Saturday, October 22, 2016, 3:00-5:00pm
Location: Read It & Eat · 2142 N Halsted St · Chicago, Illinois 60614
Hosted by: Read It & Eat
Price: $75


Food Allergies: where medical science and food science meet at the family table

You have probably heard many stories and many opinions about the emerging epidemic of food allergies. Here is your opportunity to hear a brief presentation and then have a question and answer session with two professionals who have been active in the food allergy community for years. Exactly what are food allergies? Why do some allergic people seem to need more protection than others? What can you do to order safely in a restaurant if you have a food allergy?

When: Saturday, October 22, 2016, 3:00-4:00pm
Location: Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago · 225 East Chicago Avenue · Chicago, Illinois 60611
Hosted by: Consulate General of France in Chicago
Phone: (312) 327-5220
Admission details: Free - Open to all
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago - 11th Floor - Room 11152-60
The event is organized in partnership with the Office for Science and Technology at the Consulate General of France in Chicago.


Lyon Lecture with Pascale Remy

Everybody knows you get a better meal in Lyon than in Paris... now is time to discover why! A previous director of the Alliance Française de Chicago now residing in Lyon, Pascale will tell the story of how Lyon has become the Capital of Gastronomy, from "le bouchon" to "la mère Brazier" and will also, of course, recount the international success of Bocuse and the "Cité de la Gastronomie". Followed by a sampling of Lyon delicacies provided by Chef Biggers from the Sofitel’s Café des Architectes:
• Escargot with truffle foam and parsley puree.
• Duck Rillette with brioche, smoked onions, jam.

When: Monday, October 24, 2016, 6:30pm
Location: 54 W Chicago Ave · Chicago, IL 60610
Hosted by: Alliance Française de Chicago
Phone: (312) 337-1070
Admission details: $10 Members - $15 Non-Members
For reservation / information call: (312) 337-1070


Classic Savory breads

Who can resist the smell of a freshly baked loaf of bread? In Master Baker Jonathan Dendauw’s class, you will be led on a fantastic journey discovering wonderful savory bread specialties. This three-day, hands-on workshop will focus on the savory side of bread baking and explore many recipes for all occasions. Chef Jonathan will teach you savory breads that will become some of your favorite family traditions.
All of your freshly baked breads will be yours to take home to enjoy with your family, friends, and colleagues!

When: Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 4:00-9:00pm
Location: The French Pastry School · 226 W Jackson Blvd · Chicago, Illinois 60606
Hosted by: French Pastry School
Phone: (312) 726-2419
Admission details: $425.00 (Please use the à la carte Chicago event listing page button to receive the $100 discount)
More: http://www.frenchpastryschool.com/ce-class/classic-savory-breads


Cooking Demo with Dominique Tougne

In honor of à la carte Chicago, Chez Moi and Read It & Eat are once again teaming up to bring you a unique experience with an entertaining demo and delicious tasting menu.
Prepare to have your taste buds tantalized by Chef Dominique Tougne’s creative new world twists on French classics featuring Escargot Persillade with Pernod butter, Braised Short Rib with Wild Mushrooms, and Coquilles St. Jacques with a Pink Peppercorn Vinaigrette and Rosemary Polenta.
This unique experience is ticketed at $65 per person (BYOB) and is the perfect occasion to treat yourself to a work-week night on the town while celebrating à la carte Chicago.

When: Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 6:30-8:30pm
Location: Read It & Eat · 2142 N Halsted St · Chicago, IL 60614
Hosted by: Read It & Eat
Phone: (773) 661-6158
Admission details: $65 per person (BYOB)


Lyon Gastronomic Dinner

For the second annual festival “à la carte” a celebration of contemporary French food, celebrating the French Capital of Gastronomy Lyon was an easy choice for Café des Architectes’ Executive Chef Greg Biggers. Not only because Chef Greg Biggers has studied in Lyon at l’Institut Paul Bocuse but because Lyon holds some of the richest gastronomical history of anywhere in the world.
Lyon is surrounded by some of the finest raw materials in France, has been home to many top chefs including the “Pope of French Cuisine” Paul Bocuse, and maintains its rich culinary traditions with over 2,000 restaurants.

At a very special dinner on Wednesday, October 26, guests will enjoy an extended prix fixe dinner featuring classic Lyon cuisine, Lyon inspired wine pairings, and an intriguing open discussion about the rich history of food from this region. The discussion will be led by Lyon’s Pascale Remy and Chef Greg Biggers.

When: Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 6pm
Location: 20 E Chestnut St · Chicago, IL 60611
Hosted by: Café des Architectes
Admission details: $75
To reserve a spot at Café des Architectes’ Lyon dinner, call 312.324.4063 and mention “Dinner in Lyon”.
More: http://www.cafedesarchitectes.com/Happenings


Discovering la confiserie - French Confections

The French Pastry School will introduce you to age-old techniques in sugar confection including Pâte de fruit au cassis de Bourgogne, Nougat de Montélimar, Caramel au beurre salé de Bretagne.
Guests will be greeted by croissants and they will sample all of the items that the chef demonstrates.

When: Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 3:30-5:30pm
Location: The French Pastry School · 226 W Jackson Blvd · Chicago, Illinois 60606
Hosted by: French Pastry School
Phone: (312) 337-1070
Admission details: Free - Alliance Française de Chicago Members Only. For reservation/information call: (312) 337-1070.


French Wine Tasting at Volo

Make plans now to join us on Thursday October 27th for our French Wine Tasting. This intimate event will feature a "Vineyard Tasting Room" style format in our 100 year old barn overlooking Volo’s year-round #1 Hidden City Patio (Chicago Magazine) — now featuring a retractable awning and heated patio (open air weather permitting).

When: Thursday, October 27, 2016, 6:00-9:30 PM
Location: Volo · 2008 West Roscoe · Chicago, Illinois 60618
Hosted by: Volo
Phone: (773) 348-4600
Admission details: $28.00 per guest includes tax (gratuity night of)
Limited tickets available online via http://www.localwineevents.com/events/detail/652431


Shadow a Chef with Dominique Tougne

Have you ever wondered about the daily life of a chef? Follow Chef Dominique from Chez Moi throughout the day and experience the life of a master at work! The day starts with breakfast at La Fournette followed by a check-in at Chez Moi before the weekend brunch. Then, guests will travel with Chef Dominique to La Voûte Bistro & Bar in Homewood. The group will accompany him while he shops for ingredients and spend time with him in the kitchen. Lunch will be served at La Voûte. Guests will return to Chez Moi for dinner. Follow servers, hosts, bartenders, and cooks.
Ticket holders can invite one guest to the dinner with the chef at Chez Moi at the end of the day.

When: Saturday, October 29, 2016
Location: 2100 N Halsted St · Chicago, IL 60614
Hosted by: Chez Moi
Admission details: $150
Program subject to change. Limited spots available!


Entre les Bras Film

Chef Madelaine Bullwinkel and former Alliance Française president, Randy Williams, team up to bring you French cuisine and French film on the same day! Attend Madelaine’s cooking class, "A Taste of the Aveyron," at 11:15 a.m. and see the film for free.
In Entre les Bras, the management of one of France’s finest restaurants passes from father to son, but the tradition of innovative cuisine continues. This documentary, directed by Paul Lacoste, is a drama of generations, seasons, and always, beautiful cuisine.

When: Saturday, October 29, 2016, 2:30-5:00pm
Location: Alliance Française de Chicago · 54 W. Chicago Avenue · Chicago, IL 60610
Hosted by: Alliance Française de Chicago
Phone: (312) 337-1070
Admission details: Admission $9 or FREE if you attend the "A Taste of the Aveyron" cooking class • In French with English Subtitles


Taste of Aveyron Class

Spend a day exploring the gamut of cooking styles in south-central France. First, a cooking class of traditional dishes, followed by an afternoon film devoted to the rarified cuisine of three-star chef Michel Bras.
Our menu: Roquefort Soufflé, Roasted Duck Legs with Aligot (potato purée with Cantal cheese) and Walnut Cake.

When: Saturday, October 29, 2016, 11:15 am-2:15 pm
Location: 810 N. Dearborn · Chicago, IL 60610
Hosted by: Alliance Française de Chicago
Phone: (312) 337-1070
Admission details: $70 members / $80 non-members
$15 materials fee • Includes a free ticket for the movie Entre les Bras


Special screening "Kings of Pastry" with Chef Jacquy Pfeiffer in person!

The Olympics are relatively tension-free compared to the high-stakes competition for the culinary world’s ultimate accolade for the pastry chef: the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France (Best Craftsman in France), awarded by the president of France every four years. Filmmakers Hegedus and Pennebaker follow Jacquy Pfeiffer, co-founder of Chicago’s renowned French Pastry School, in pursuit of sweet victory as he and fifteen other world class pâtissiers plunge into the harrowing action of a three-day marathon in which careers rise and fall on the delicate strands of towering sugar sculptures.
Chef Jacquy Pfeiffer will be present for audience discussion.
A free raffle and tasting event with specialties of the French Pastry School follows in the Gallery/Café (ticket stub required for entry). The winners of the 2016 à la carte Raffle will also be announced during the reception.

When: Sunday, October 30, 2016, 4:45pm
Location: Gene Siskel Film Center · 164 N. State Street · Chicago, Illinois 60601
Hosted by: Gene Siskel Film Center
Phone: (312) 846 2800
Price: General admission $11 - Film Center Members $6 - Students/Youth: $7


Join Chez Moi & Veuve Clicquot to toast à la carte

To wrap up the 11-day French Food Festival à la carte, stop at Chez Moi in Lincoln Park and enjoy specially priced Veuve Clicquot Champagne by the Glass or Champagne cocktails like the "Great Pumpkin” made with Grand Marnier Semifreddo and Veuve Clicquot.
Indulge in the last night of our Delicious Pumpkin Themed Menu. We will also be raffling a gift bag Courtesy of Chez Moi and Veuve Cliquot.

When: Sunday, October 30, 2016
Location: Chez Moi · 2100 N Halsted Street · Chicago, Illinois 60614
Hosted by: Chez Moi
Phone: (773) 871-2100
Admission details: No registration required.


Passport to France 2016

Passport to France is a celebration of French-inspired restaurants, foods, products, wines, spirits, entertainment and more! Passport to France is the largest fundraiser organized by FACC-Chicago.
For decades, this annual soirée has been planned the third Thursday of November. It began as a celebration of the Beaujolais Nouveau vintage and has since grown into a celebration of fine gastronomy, French Chefs, wines and spirits, culture and entertainment. Nearly 1,000 of Chicago’s Francophiles gather for live entertainment, our silent auction and the chance to experience the finest cuisine and wine in this toast to France.

French-American Chamber of Commerce Chicago - FACC-Chicago | 312-578-0444 | information@facc-chicago.com - http://www.facc-chicago.com/

When: Thursday, November 17, 2016, Early Access tickets (6:00 pm) | General Admission tickets (7:00 pm)
Location: Union League Club · 65 W Jackson Boulevard · Chicago, Illinois 60604
Hosted by: French American Chamber of Commerce
Admission details:
General Admission Tickets for FACC Members - Starts at 7:00 pm - $85.00
General Admission Tickets for Non-Members - Starts at 7:00 pm - $110.00
Early Access Tickets FACC Members - Starts at 6:00 pm - $125.00
Early Access Tickets Non-Members - Starts at 6:00 pm - $150.00
VIP Reception Tickets for FACC Members - Starts at 5:00 pm - $150.00
VIP Reception Tickets for FACC Non-Members - Starts at 5:00 pm - $175.00

For more information

For more information on the events and to register, visit the official website: https://www.alacartechicago.com.

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