1500 chefs, 1500 menus, 150 embassies on 5 continents and 1 dinner to celebrate French cuisine worldwide…
Following the success of the first Goût de France ,Good France event in 2015, it will be held again on 21 March 2016, with a view to making it an annual spring event. Good France, organized on the initiative of Alain Ducasse and the French ministry of Foreign affairs and international development, showcases the French way of life, regional products, and France as a tourist destination. Now more than ever, gastronomy is a key part of France’s appeal to tourists.
Inspired by Auguste Escoffier, who launched the “Dîners d’Épicure” initiative in 1912 (the same menu, on the same day, in several world cities, for as many guests as possible), Good France recreates this wonderful idea by involving restaurants around the world. Over 1,500 chefs worldwide will once again pay tribute to the excellence of French cuisine and its emphasis on sharing, by preparing a special menu of recipes inspired by French expertise. Participating restaurants are invited to design their menu based on the following sequence: aperitif and canapés, starter, main course(s), cheese, dessert(s), French wines and champagnes. Each recipe will be based on cuisine that uses less fat, sugar and salt and shows concern for “good food” and the environment. The price is at the restaurant’s discretion and each participant will commit to donating 5% of the proceeds to a local NGO promoting health and the environment. In addition to the participating restaurants, French embassies will also be taking part in the event, organizing dinners in the residences of Ambassadors.
Mumbai, Delhi, Chandgarh, Kolkata,Bengaluru, Pondicherry, Goa, Hyderabad, Gurgaon, Chennai, Tiruvananthapuram, Vishakapatnam are the cities participating in the initiative. You can find the list of restaurants here
(Excerpt from a press release)