To commemorate the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille, French restaurant La Poule au Pot has partnered up with Château Paradis wine label – which both happen to be Provençal – to treat its client to something refreshing this summer. Guests who dine at the restaurant from 6pm onwards on Friday, 14 July and wear a white outfit will be offered a complimentary glass of Château Paradis rosé wine with their dinner.
The first dîner en blanc (white dinner) allegedly dates back to 1988 in Paris when officer François Pasquier returned from a long trip in Polynesia. He invited a group of his friends to join him for a picnic in the Bois de Boulogne and asked them to wear white so that they could recognize one another. Since then, white dinners are regularly organized in prestigious locations during the summer in France (and now also around the world).
La Poule au Pot, which has been a Belgravia institution for as long as anyone cares to remember, is pleased to host its very first white dinner. Guests will be able to enjoy their celebratory meal either indoors – among the restaurants alluring interior with its intimate nooks and festoons of dried flowers and bric-à-brac which has changed very little since the 60s and offers an authentic re-creation of “paysan” France – or outdoors on its extensive terrace which makes the restaurant one of the most desirable alfresco destinations in the capital.
With rosé wine being so emblematic of French summers, La Poule au Pot felt it was only natural to partner up with Château Paradis for the occasion. The vineyard is situated just north of the town of Aix-en-Provence, in the foothills of Sainte Victoire and the Trevaresse range, and is subject to the influence of the Alps and the Durance River. Made protectively in stainless steel – to preserve the fresh fruit character from a blend of Syrah, Grenache and a small amount of Vermentino – the dry wine is well balanced with a long, fruity finish.
This rosé pairs well with La Poule au Pot’s classic French menu, particularly with the scallops, the grilled Dover sole and the sea bream as well as with the unctuous quiche au fromage – all of which feature excellent ingredients, generous portions and fine cooking, presented with exuberant panache. Diners will also be able to order from the table d’hôte menu, which includes traditional dishes like escargots, salmon terrine, ratatouille, rump of lamb and tarte Tatin – as to celebrate Bastille Day the French way, with good food and good wine!
La Poule au Pot is open every day of the week from 12pm to 9pm.