French Tour de Cuisine

Bon appétit!The French cuisine scene in San Diego is gearing up to bring locals an exclusive restaurant week inspired by France’s finest. The 2nd Annual Tour de Cuisine highlights distinguished French restaurants in San Diego and invites all to indulge in a cultural dining experience, March 24th-April 1st.

Expand your palate as local chefs serve up some of the greats, like Coquilles St. Jacques (sea scallops with wild mushrooms, chervil and white wine sauce) or a Crepe au Crème Brulee. Participating restaurants will feature $30-$50 three-course prix-fixe menus, celebrating the gastronomy with paired French wines.

Participating in this year’s Tour de Cuisine are Bo-beau kitchen + bar in Ocean Beach, Bleu Boheme in Kensington, The French Gourmet in Pacifc Beach, The Marine Room in La Jolla, The WineSellar & Brasserie in Sorrento Valley, Vagabond in South Park, and Vincent’s in Escondido.

Discover some of the selections at all seven stops of Tour de Cuisine.

Bo-beau:The rustic and elegant eatery will offer first course options of French Onion Soup, Escargots, or Baby Mixed Greens; second course choices of Leek “Foundue” Mac n Cheese, Moules Marinieres, and Boeuf Bourguignon; and a dessert option of crème brulee or flourless chocolate cake. The three-course menu is priced at $30 per person. An optional $10 wine pairing will be available.

The Marine Room:Executive Chef and Maitre Cuisinier de France Bernard Guillas is this year’s official ambassador of French Restaurant Week. The Marine Room will offer appetizer choices of Fennel Escargot Casserole, Cypress Grove Lavender Goat Cheese Brulee, Forest Wild Mushroom Bisque; entrée options of Brioche Mustard Seed Crusted Arctic Char, Plugra Butter Basted Lobster Tail, or Provencal Herb Roasted Filet Mignon; and a dessert Trilogy consisting of Domaine Canton Pot de Crème, Pistachio Dacquoise, and Port Blackberry Sorbet. The three-course menu is priced at $50.

Bleu Boheme:This traditional and classic French bistro will offer authentically French dishes. Guests can choose from hors d'oeuvres including Escargots a la Portugaia, Moules Provencales, Salade Maison, or Coquilles St. Jacques; entrees of Filet de Saumon Raifort, Tournedos Rossini, Raviolos Maison, and others; and desserts including Mousse au Chocolat, Crepe au Crème Brulee, or Gateau au Chocolat. The three-course meal from Chef Ken Irvine is priced at $45 per person.

Vagabond: This “kitchen of the world” will offer first course options of Tarte Aux Champignons, Frisee Aux Lardons, or Ris De Veal; entrée options of Bouillabaisse (le leeks, fennel, scallop, shrimp, mussels, clams, sea bass, tomato saffron broth), Cassoulet Au Confit De Canard (duck leg confit, white beans, sausage and swiss chard), or Steak Fries; and finish off with dessert choices of Profiteroles, Tarte Tatin, and a Meringue.

The French Gourmet: Home of the French in north Pacific Beach, The French Gourmet offers quality French food in a relaxed coastal environment. As part of the 2nd Annual Tour de Cuisine, they’re cooking up appetizer choices of Cuisses de Grenouille Provencale (frog legs sautéed in garlic, olive oil and sweet tomatoes), a Charcuterie Plate, or Mussels Provencale; entrée options of Entrecôte au Poivre (black pepper crusted New York steak finishes with a creamy cognac demi-glace), Filet de Barramundi Amandine (Barramundi filet sautéed and finished with an almond beurre meunière), Poulet Cordon Bleu, or Carré d’Agneau á la Parisienne (baked Dijon-crusted rack of lamb); and dessert selections of Patisserie Maison, Crepes au Chocolat et Nutella, or Assiette de Fromages. The three-course menu is priced a $30 or $45 with wine pairings.  

The WineSellar & Brasserie: The intimate and sophisticated atmosphere invites guests to choose from first course options of a Salad of Tender Greens, Frog Legs, and Coq au Vin “Soup”; main dishes including Butter Poached Halibut, Roulande of Wild Pheasant or Boeuf Bourguignon (a brasserie version of the classic); and dessert options of Meyer Lemon Tart, and Chocolate Croissants. Wine pairing is available. The three-course meal is priced at $40 per person.

Vincent’s Restaurant: The classic French techniques and quality ingredients at Vincent’s has won over the hearts of diners in downtown Escondido for years. As part of Tour de Cuisine 2012, they will offer four courses of classic French dishes done-up to perfection. To start, guests can try Terrine de Canard served with toast points pickled onions, cornichons, and country mustard; then take a bite out of the Sole Normande, a filet of petrale sole stuffed with a shrimp mousse and poached in a savory fish broth, or the Steak au Poivre, a black angus prime 10 oz. bone-in NY steak. For dessert, choose from a Chocolate Marquis or Hazelnut Paris-Brest. The four-course meal is priced at $40 per person.

This French Restaurant Week is hosted by the San Diego French-American Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the participating French restaurants. To make reservations at participating restaurants, please contact them directly. For more information on Tour de Cuisine, please visit

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