French Restaurant Week: Tous au Restaurant!
Back by popular demand after a successul first three editions, Tous au Restaurant returns from September 16-22, 2013. More than 1,000 restaurants in France are participating this year. The principle is a simple one: buy one meal, get one free.
Spearheaded by the triple Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse, who has restaurants in Paris and Monaco, Tous au Restaurant invites the public to taste the best dishes France has to offer while honoring its diverse culinary heritage.
The theme being "your guest is our guest", diners are encouraged to come in pairs (or threes, or fours, or more!) and enjoy a meal together. The chefs create special fixed-price Tous au restaurant menus consisting of an appetizer, main course and dessert (drinks may or may not be included.) The first guest chooses a menu, and the second guest receives the same menu for free.
The dishes on the menu, prices and the number of tables available are all at the discretion of the chef, as is the reservation policy: tables are either booked on the Tous au Restaurant website, or by calling the restaurant directly.
The festivities: Meeting the Producers
The tastiest recipes would be nothing without good ingredients. To spotlight those who, every day, provide the best of the land and the sea, many chefs have invited their producers to come and meet diners.
Some restaurants will also be giving behind-the-scenes tours of their facilities and organizing events about wine.
Many chefs are joining Tous au Restaurant for the first time this year, extending its reach to all four corners of France. From Paris to Marseille, from Lille to Strasbourg, stopping by Rennes, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Lyon and Montpellier, this weeklong festival will honor French chefs' inspired creations for the enjoyment of all.