Duck Wing Cravings

Florence Fabricant is all about duck wings! In today’s New York Times she dishes about her obsession, and shares tips from our friend Chef Justin Smillie, who has perfected the duck wing at Upland in NYC (yes, those are D’Artagnan duck wings). With chicken, I covet the wings. With duck, not really; they tend to be…

Instagram? More Like Insta-Lamb

Are you following us on Instagram? We love to see what’s cooking – in both pro and home kitchens. Since lamb is top of mind this week, we wanted to share some of our favorite posts from chefs who are showing off our lamb. Find us on Instagram and follow us to see fresh cuts like…

The Cassoulet War Champions

The Third Annual Cassoulet War was held in New York City last week. Over 200 people attended and 21 chefs battled for cassoulet supremacy. All the eating and competing was for a cause: ticket proceeds benefited Action Against Hunger. There were cassoulets of all kinds – Moroccan, lamb-filled, baked into a crust and served cold,…

Who Will Win the Garden State Culinary Arts Awards?

New Jersey is a small state with a lot of good food … and we are proud to work with many of the restaurants and markets in the state. D’Artagnan has been based in New Jersey for our entire 31 years; first in Jersey City, then in Newark, and now in Union. Say what you…

Cassoulet War: Participating Chefs

Our third annual Cassoulet War at the Kimpton Hotel Eventi in NYC will feature a record number of cassoulets to try! On the 20th of February, 20+ chefs will assemble, armed with only pots of cassoulet, and do battle against each other. The awards go to the Most Authentic, Most Daring and the Most Popular Cassoulets. Our panel…

That’s A Lot of Chicken!

Find out what a day in the life of a chef looks like in this Wall Street Journal article, which follows Chef Andrew Carmellini, a long-time friend and client of D’Artagnan, through a busy day. Carmellini is at the center of a growing restaurant empire, as the Wall Street Journal explains. Look for his next restaurant…

Chefs of Betony Come to Visit

We are always happy to have visitors at our Union, NJ office. When Chef Bryce Shuman of Betony in NYC made the trip, along with two chefs from his kitchen, he came bearing gifts. The first was an autographed dish for the wall of plates in our dining hall. The message reads: “Dear Ariane, Thank…

What Does Mise en Place Mean?

Mise en place (pronounced meez ahn plas) is a French cooking term that literally translates to “put in place.” Often referred to as simply “meez” by the pros. Mise en place allows you to cook in the most efficient way, without having to stop. All necessary ingredients are chopped and ready to go, spices are measured,…

Watch the Duckathlon 2014 Video

Drumroll please ….Here’s the video of our first-ever public Duckathlon! This year our farmers came together with our chef clients and they served up games and challenges, and most importantly plenty of food and drink. Winners were declared, prizes distributed and everyone went home with a full belly and a (slightly) light head.   We…

The Duckathlon Redux

If you like to play with your food, the Duckathlon is the place to be. So what is the Duckathlon exactly? It’s a culinary obstacle course with multiple challenges – some are tough, some are funny, but all are food and wine related. Except the ones that involve Armagnac, gin and beer. It all began…

Second Annual Taste of France in NYC

The world’s largest event dedicated to France will be taking place at Bryant Park in New York City on Saturday, Sept. 28 – Sunday, Sept. 29. Of course D’Artagnan will be there serving food and working with the cadre of chefs involved. There will be food, wine, music, fashion, chef demos, literary figures, a French bulldog…

Duckathlon VIII, The Video

Duck yeah!  Here’s all the evidence  needed to destroy any future political  careers. Our annual Duckathlon was held on June 9 in the Meatpacking District of NYC. This year, our cameras followed the team from Annisa restaurant as they prepared for the event.  This profile of elite duckathletes gives a sense of what it takes…