Festival Events

à la carte 2017 French Food Festival is proud to be hosting great events celebrating French food, wine, and the art of living in Chicago and throughout the Midwest from October 5-15. This year's program kicks off at 360 Chicago with the à la carte 2017 Launch Party. The fun continues for 10 days with special themed dinners, cooking classes with top French chefs, wine tastings, and much more.

à la carte 2017's Featured Region is Alsace, so keep a look out for some Alsatian delights and events throughout the festival!

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5th Anniversary of La Fournette / à la carte 2017 Blogger/Press Event
September 15th After 6:30 PM
La Fournette
Celebrate the 5th anniversary of authentic and renowned French bakery, Chicago staple, and à la carte organizer, La Fournette! A bakery both distinctly Alsatian and uniquely Chicagoan, La Fournette offers carefully crafted, wholesome, and delicious products in a light and airy setting. Along with the anniversary celebration, members of the press, including food bloggers and social media influencers, are invited to meet the chefs and organizers of à la carte 2017.
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Alsatian Demo for Alsace Delegation
October 5th
French Pastry School
The French Pastry School will provide an introduction to age-old pastry and baking techniques with a focus on classic Alsatian desserts including an Alsatian Linzer Tarte with fresh raspberry jam, traditional tea time Anise cookies, and « Flammenkuechen » Tarte flambée flat bread with sour cream, oven roasted onions and bacon bits. Guests will sample all of the items that the chef demonstrates. For information call: (312) 337-1070.

Program
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM : Tour of the French Pastry School
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM : Demonstration of Alsatian specialties and tastings of all items during the demonstration

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à la carte 2017 Launch Party — Chicago
October 5th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
360Chicago
Get an exclusive first look at the third annual à la carte French Food Festival taking place in Chicago and throughout the Midwest! Meet the chefs, learn about our exciting events, and enjoy hors d’œuvres and beverages provided by à la carte 2017 sponsors! This event will be held at 360 CHICAGO, formerly John Hancock Observatory.
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Alsatian Demo for Alliance Française and Lycée Français de Chicago members
October 6th
French Pastry School
The French Pastry School will provide an introduction to age-old pastry and baking techniques with a focus on classic Alsatian desserts including an Alsatian Linzer Tarte with fresh raspberry jam, traditional tea time Anise cookies, and « Flammenkuechen » Tarte flambée flat bread with sour cream, oven roasted onions and bacon bits. Guests will sample all of the items that the chef demonstrates.
Closed to the Public — Lycée Française and Alliance Française de Chicago Members Only. For information call: (312) 337-1070.
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à la carte 2017 Launch Party — Des Moines
October 7th 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Baru 66
Get an exclusive first look at the third annual à la carte French Food Festival taking place in Chicago and throughout the Midwest! Meet the chefs, learn about our exciting events, and enjoy hors d’œuvres and beverages provided by à la carte 2017 sponsors! This event will be held in Des Moines.
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Shaw's Wine Dinner
October 8th
Shaw's Crab House
Chef Yves Roubaud of Shaw's Crab House hosts an exclusive dinner of his favorite French recipes paired with hand-picked Alsatian wines.
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Shaw's Oyster Cocktail Event
October 10th
Shaw's Crab House
Immerse yourself in the world of French seafood at Shaw's Crab House' Oyster Cocktail Event on Tuesday, October 10th! This event will plumb the depths of oyster and wine pairings, focusing on France's rich understanding of this scrumptious bivalve. Enjoy multiple unique pairings and appreciate the versatility of oysters and wine as a starter or even a snack. Guests will also have the opportunity to attempt the art of oyster shucking — at their own risk!
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Happy Hour with the Consul General
October 11th 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM $25
Bistronomic
Join us Wednesday, October 11th, at Bistronomic for an evening meet-and-greet and happy hour with the new Consul General of France in Chicago. Sip wine as you hobnob with the Consul General and enjoy French Tapas!
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Shaw's Guest Chef Dinner
October 12th
Shaw's Crab House
For one night only, a distinguished Guest Chef will present a special menu at Shaw's Crab House in honor of à la carte 2017.
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Dinner in Alsace
October 12th
Sofitel / Café des Architectes
From October 5 – October 15, patrons of Café des Architectes can taste the flavors of Alsace by ordering a prix fixe menu featuring classic Alsace dishes and wine from around the region. In addition to the 11 day prix fixe menu, a special event will be held the evening of Thursday, October 12 featuring an extended Alsace prix fixe menu, Alsace inspired wine pairings, and an intriguing open discussion about the rich history of food.
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French Pastry School Class: "Luxurious Layer Cakes"
October 10th - 12th - 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
French Pastry School
Learn to layer at the French Pastry School! Layer cake, that is. At "Luxurious Layer Cakes," a three-day, hands-on workshop with Chef Joel Reno, you will perfect your layer cake, learn new recipes and mouth-watering flavor combinations, and gain the expertise to astound at your next party.
With an à la carte 2017 discount of $100, your baking skills — and cakes —will soar sky-high!
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2017 Sponsors

In-kind

360 Chicago
Air France

Gold

eperience Alsace
eperience Alsace

Silver

Supreme Lobster

Bronze

Malman Law
Les Conseillers du Commerce Extérieur de la France