Archives: June 2015
Le Perigord is proud to be a part of the growing conversation about seafood in connection with sustainable food by participating in the New York City edition of National Sustainable Seafood Week, June 22 -28. The week is dedicated to raising the profile of the importance of maintaining the world’s seafood supply eating only fish and shellfish that have been caught or farmed in ways that consider the long term vitality of harvested species and the well being of the oceans, as well as the livelihoods of fishing dependent communities.
The week gives an educational, collaborative and tasty face to the sustainable seafood movement, which began in the 1990s, and involves more than 40 restaurants highlighting dishes featuring responsibly sourced seafood, along with a series of events such as an oyster farm tour and tasting and a guided tour of the new Fulton Fish Market.
All of the fish and seafood served at Le Perigord is deemed sustainable, but for this special week, we will showcase our Dover sole with lemon butter meuniere sauce, or grilled with mustard sauce, which has been one of our most popular dishes since we opened more than 51 years ago on April 1, 1964. In fact, for the first time, we will share our recipes for it during National Sustainable Seafood week on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/leperigord. They will be available on the page throughout the week.
For more information about National Sustainable Seafood Week in New York City, its programming and participating restaurants, visit: http://www.sswnational.com/nyc/
New York’s Le Perigord Celebrates 50 Years of Bouillabaisse, Elizabeth Taylor, and Roast Duck
Le Perigord owner Georges Briguet spoke with The Daily Meal about some of the famous stars and dishes the restaurant has served in its 50 year history.
How did they do it?
By avoiding “fusion confusion,” reserving a special booth for their most high-profile clientele, making friends with the U.N., and removing a fish soup from the menu that made one patron so angry that he had to be restrained from attacking the chef (actually, after forty years, that soup has officially made a comeback as of this week).
We’ll let owner Georges Briguet tell you all about it.
You have seen an impressive amount of returning celebrity clientele over the past half-century.
We’ve been lucky to welcome so many very, very famous – and sometimes infamous – people. In fact, it was a picture of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton leaving Le Perigord the year we opened that first put the restaurant map. At the time, they were the most scandalous couple in the world. We still call the curved banquette in the back of the dining room ‘the Liz Booth’ because that is where they always sat. Much more recently, it has been the favorite of Angelina and Brad Pitt.
Of all those people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, I always thought Ronald Regan was the most special, the most charismatic. Until he came in one night with Charlton Heston, who had the best personality of anyone I’ve ever met.
Which dishes have remained on the menu since day one?
The buffet froid as an appetizer, the clams and oysters with sauce mignonette, the cold foie gras with sauterne aspic, escargots in hazelnut butter, and the vegetable tart with tangy butter sauce. For entrées, the sea bass with creamy country mustard sauce; the Dover sole; rack of lamb; veal kidneys; and the roasted duck, carved tableside and served with seasonal fruits, although it did come off the menu for a few months about 15 years ago. So many customers were upset, we had to put it back on. Bob Bradford, the husband of the famous author Barbara Taylor Bradford, told me he would not set foot in Le Perigord until he could order the roast duck again.
Are there any changes to the menu you refuse to make?
All of those dishes that have been on the menu all these years — none of them can come off. When people make their reservations, they know what they’re going to have. They count on those dishes, which are our most popular.
How do you define ‘old-school’ French cuisine, and how do you reconcile it with the ‘new school’ approach?’
I don’t reconcile them. I know only one way, which I think is the right way, our way. We have a new young talent in the kitchen, who is doing exciting daily specials that are more modern, but they still select the more traditional food served in France that has evolved to incorporate a wider palate of spices and ingredients. In fact, soon, we’re going to present a daily tasting menu, probably five courses, of these more contemporary dishes.
What have been some of the most surprising new items?
Calves brains, which is something people either love or just hate the idea of. Word spread we were serving them and we had people calling to reserve them in advance! Bouillabaisse has also been a monster hit. We haven’t served the classic fish soup of the south of France at Le Perigord in well over 40 years; we used to have it on the menu, but one night a gentlemen found an unopened mussel in his, which meant the mussel was bad. He was furious and stalked into the kitchen and had to be restrained from assaulting the chef, Willy Krause. Willy banned bouillabaisse that night and we haven’t served it again – until now, as a special.
What’s the secret to lasting so long?
We never ventured into fusion confusion or tutti-frutti food. Our one goal, from which we have never deviated, is to serve the food eaten in France. That food is always from the best quality ingredients and very, very fresh. We now have a second generation of regulars, the sons and daughters of our original customers, and some of their grandchildren, too. The proximity to the United Nations has been very good for Le Perigord; we are known as the home of the ambassadors and through them we have become known all over the world, attracting Heads of State, too. I still laugh when I remember Imelda Marcus changing her shoes in the coat room in the middle of her dinner!
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Classic French Cuisine at Le Perigord
Posted on June 5, 2015 | eatupnewyork.com
Le Perigord is celebrating their 50th year anniversary this year and I decided to head uptown for myself and check out this NY classic. Everything at Le Perigord is done classically and elegantly.
The Start at Le Perigord
I started with their seasonal special, the stuffed zucchini blossoms. Two gigantic blossoms were stuffed with cooked mushrooms and zucchini and coated in a blanket of truffle cream sauce. These zucchini blossoms are the way all veggies should be consumed, beautifully and smothered in truffle cream sauce.
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Le Perigord preps only a few beef Wellingtons per night and I was lucky enough to snag one of these beauties. This classic beef Wellington is so hard to find on menus these days but really should be ordered when you have the chance. If you’re unfamiliar with beef Wellington, it is a huge filet mignon with pate of foie gras and mushrooms all wrapped in a puff pastry, and at Le Perigord also served with a black truffle sauce. At Le Perigord their beef Wellington was prepared classically and perfectly. My filet was a flawless medium rare, which is not an easy feat with this dish.
Another stand out dish of the night was the rack of lamb. This thyme crusted lamb was savory and juicy, the right choice for any lamb lover. It was served with sautéed spinach and a pea puree, which proved not overwhelming, but a nice light addition to the meal.
For dessert Le Perigord has a traditional dessert trolley that is wheeled to your table. It might be hard to choose just one of the desserts when they are staring at you right in the face and you should order multiple because they are all spectacular! We shared a few different desserts at our table but a must order is the floating island. Although I had never heard of this dessert it is a very classic French dessert. Fluffy meringue clouds float on top of vanilla crème anglaise custard. These meringues were so amazing it is hard to believe, they were somehow simple, delicate, fluffy and mind-blowing all at once. Other favorite desserts included the simple raspberry tart and the pistachio mousse cake.
If you’re looking for a classic French meal without your passport head to Le Perigord!
See the entire article at eatupnewyork.com
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