Celebrating 100 Years of French Faire at Alain Ducasse’s Benoit

Benoit

Benoit in Paris

Once my parents and I finished our jam packed Eastern Europe trip, we went straight to Paris for a few days. This fall, I’ll be attending a one-year MBA program in International Luxury Brand Management at ESSEC. I’m so glad that I was able to visit the campus, meet current students and sit in on a class. In all honesty, I was also anxiously anticipating all the amazing food that the City of Light has to offer!

Before heading to Paris, I had planned all my dinners and made reservations weeks beforehand. I cross referenced the May issue of Bon Appetit and David Lebovitz’s blog to try classic French food at its finest. I was excited to try Benoit, which is celebrating is 100 year anniversary this year. Benoit was bought by the famous Alain Ducasse in 2005 and is the only bistro is Paris with a Michelin star. Alain Ducasse collects Michelin stars like a woman collects purses. The man has 19 Michelin stars.

Fair warning: Benoit’s menu is completely in French with no English translations. Even with my basic knowledge of French, I struggled with the menu (because it was so specific with its culinary terms), but the waiters can speak English and are willing to explain everything to you.

Escargots

Some of the Largest Escargots I’ve Ever Seen

Pate en Croute

Pate en Croute– Beautiful and Delicious

Cassoulet

A Quarter of the Cassoulet. The Rest was in a Giant Pot.

Chicken

One of the Specials of the Night, Poularde

Veal Sweetbread

Veal Sweetbread Topped With Foie Gras

Millefeuille

Most Amazing Millefeuille I’ve Ever Eaten

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