FOOD & WINE

Hong Kong restaurants join Alain Ducasse's Good France project

Seven city restaurants will be among 1,300 worldwide serving a unique French menu the same day, March 19, to promote the nation's gastronomy and celebrate "today's cuisine"

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 04 March, 2015, 4:51pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 04 March, 2015, 4:51pm

Renowned chef and restaurateur Alain Ducasse has initiated the Goût de France or Good France project, in which on March 19, the eve of spring, 1,300 restaurants around the world will present the best of French cuisine.

The idea harks back to 1912, when Auguste Escoffier started Les Diners d’Epicure (Epicurean Dinners) under which, on one day, the same menu was served in cities around the world to as many guests as possible.

“On the same day, over 1,300 chefs around the globe will create a unique French dinner. Beyond a celebration of French cuisine, Goût de France/Good France will pay respect to today’s cuisine: humanist, energetic, diverse and relevant,” says Ducasse.

In Hong Kong, seven restaurants will be participating in the international event: SPOON by Alain Ducasse, Amber, Restaurant Akrame, Bibo, Epure, Jules Bistro and Le Bistro Winebeast. The menus will reflect French gastronomy, but aren’t strictly traditional. The set dinner prices will range from HK$788 to HK$2,088.

At SPOON, for example, the menu features dishes including light farm hen consommé with foie gras, slow-cooked farm veal with young vegetables and chocolate, and crunchy praline, while at Amber, culinary director Richard Ekkebus will present caviar over tartar langoustine, celeriac cream and granny smith, and roasted Miéral Bresse young hen with black truffles.

For menu details, see: http://goo.gl/AStN90

The seven participating restaurants are encouraged to donate 5 per cent of their Goût de France/Good France menu receipts to a local NGO promoting health and the environment. SPOON will be donating to New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association to help those recovering from mental illness. New Life also has an organic farm in the New Territories.

For more information on Goût de France/Good France go to www.goodfrance.com, or visit Facebook @ProjetGoodFrance or Instagram/Twitter @Good_France