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Chicago Is Getting Its First-Ever French Restaurant Week

By Chicagoist_Guest in Food on Oct 20, 2015 2:14PM

French Onion Soup at Chez Moi, a French Restaurant Week participant.

By Heather Lalley

Get ready to say “Oui! Oui!” to Chicago’s first-annual French restaurant week.

The event, sponsored by the non-profit group À la carte Chicago, will run from Nov. 9 to 19 and will feature special prix-fixe menus for $33 and $44, tastings, cooking workshops, French films and even lunch with the Consul General of France.

Participants are still being lined up (and menus are being finalized), but they include Brindille, Bistronomic, Chez Moi, Shaw’s Crab House, River Roast, Mon Ami Gabi, La Sardine, Le Bouchon, Chez Simo, Vanille Chicago, La Fournette bakery, Ristorante Angelina, Paris Club, Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, Kendall College, French Pastry School and many more.

Diners can enjoy Rosemary Lamb Chops from Fig & Olive. Or Seared Lake Superior Whitefish from Café des Architectes. Or a luscious Boeuf Bourguignon from Chez Moi. Save room for classic French desserts like crème brulee and Gateau Breton.

Plus, take a class with Chef Madelaine Bullwinkle on Nov. 14 to learn how to prepare several dishes from “Babette’s Feast.”

Here's a full list of events, menus and more.

The week wraps up with the Passport to France tasting event featuring some 50 restaurants, chefs and vendors. Passport to France takes place from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. (with an after-party at 10 p.m.), Nov. 19 at the Union League Club of Chicago. Buy tickets here.

Heather Lalley is a Chicago-based journalist and author of "The Chicago Homegrown Cookbook." She never met a fried potato she didn't adore. Find her on Twitter @flourgrrrl.