Happy Birthday, Chef Daniel Boulud!

Today is Daniel Boulud’s birthday, and we wish him many happy returns of the day. Daniel – he goes by one name, like all the greats – is a longtime friend of D’Artagnan. To read his bio, and try one of his recipes, check our website right here. Read on for a few fun facts about…

Poutine: The New Nachos?

Are you a poutine eater? If you’re from Canada, you almost certainly are. But poutine is spreading across the States, one plate at a time. What is poutine? Poutine is simply french fries, served with melting cheese curds and gravy on top. It’s a fast food favorite, and we compared it to disco fries (a diner…

Happy Spring! Let’s Eat

Yesterday – as of 6:28 AM – was the first official day of spring. Each year, we get so excited to see the first ramps, fiddlehead ferns and morel mushrooms arrive in the warehouse. These green and fragrant products are definite signs that spring is here. This week, the few cases to arrive have all…

Enter our Heritage Ham Giveaway!

We’re planning ahead for Easter, and giving away three heritage hams. Feeling lucky? You could win a ham in our giveaway, and set the perfect holiday table. ENTER HERE. You can serve anything at Easter, but the easy solution is a ham. Already smoked and fully cooked, all it needs is time in the oven…

Even the French are Irish Today

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! They say everyone is Irish today – even the French, although they would say Irlandais. In America it’s almost true, because about 33.3 million people report Irish ancestry. So let’s all wear the green today, and celebrate all things Irish. We have a few Irish recipes to inspire you, and an Irish toast: Every food…

Gascony: The Most Delicious Part of France

In a recent New York Times article, David McAninch asks the question “Is Gascony the most delicious part of France?” To which Ariane answers, “Of course it is!” For Gascon food is richer than the sunny cuisine of Provence. It is unabashedly, defiantly rich. Duck fat, not olive oil, is the local currency. Everything gets cooked…

Rabbit: The Other White Meat

The big question: why don’t Americans eat more rabbit? Is it because they are cute and fuzzy? Or because some people keep them as pets? In fact, we are eating more rabbit now than at any other time since World War II. But that’s still not a lot, compared to European countries, and it’s a…

For the Love of Waffles

Waffles seem to be everywhere these days. They are trending in a big way, from food trucks to fine dining. And they’ve earned a spot in culinary history. Who made the first waffles?  The ancient Greeks cooked cakes between two hot metal plates and served them savory, which is how we like waffles, too. Though…

You’ll Never Believe What’s in These Vending Machines

Now trending: meat at your fingertips. Simply insert your credit card into one of these vending machines and receive the butcher’s bounty. Vending machines are associated with junk foods and a hint of desperation, but all that could change with this idea. In Paris, just outside of a Basque butcher shop, you can buy their…

Quail is the New Chicken

In recent years the noble chicken has been making more backyard appearances, as the interest in well-raised food grows. With websites full of how-to advice, including the inspirational 2,500+ photos of coops at Backyard Chickens, it has never been easier to become an urban farmer and eat fresh eggs for breakfast. But there is a…

Celebrating Women in Culinary Culture

The first International Women’s Day observance was held on February 28, 1909, in New York. Today it is celebrated on March 8th, and the theme this year is Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030.  It’s of particular interest when it comes to the culinary work place, where it is often noticed,…

Share the Cassoulet Love

Our friends at Tasting Table recently posted a fantastic article on cassoulet. In it, they explore the history of this French classic, teach you how to make duck confit at home, and interview our own Ariane, and chefs Ludo Lefebvre, Dominique Ansel, and Laetitia Rouabah, a formidable competitor at the recent Cassoulet War. Topics include…