Le Crocodile joined by two more Vancouver restaurants for Good France dining event this year

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      For the third consecutive year, Vancouver will participate in an international celebration of the art of French cuisine. Even better news: the event is expanding in our city.

      Over 2,000 restaurants in 150 countries will join in the global Good France event on March 21. The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development and chef Alain Ducasse are organizing the event.

      Participating restaurants were selected after submitting menus designed on a sequence of aperitif and canapés, starter, main course, cheese, dessert, and French wine and Champagnes.

      Here in Vancouver, three local restaurants will be among 40 Canadian restaurants partaking in the event. Le Crocodile has participated in the event for the past two years and will be joined this year by Kitsilano's Bistro Pastis and Gastown's Save-On Meats.

      Each restaurant will donate five percent of their proceeds to a local NGO that promotes health and the environment. 

      The event is by reservation only, which can be made at each restaurant's website. 

      Here are the menus that will be served at each restaurant.

      Le Crocodile

      (100–909 Burrard Street)

      Starter: corn cream with coco flakes and diced scallops

      Fish: French cod filet with its truffles velouté sauce

      Meat: venison duo and duck strips and its two sauces

      Cheese: selection from France

      Dessert: champagne sorbet ice cream and the traditional Paris Brest

      Price: $115 per person, plus taxes and gratuities

      Time: 6:30 p.m., one seating

      Paris Brest at Le Crocodile

      Bistro Pastis

      (2153 West 4th Avenue)

      Starter: foie gras parfait profiterole with duck salad (house smoked duck breast, pickled strawberries, frieze, toasted brioche)

      Fish: sole Normande (sole filet, seafood medley, button mushrooms, cream sauce)


      Meat: lamb navarin “printanier” (braised lamb shoulder, spring vegetables, roasted potatoes, braising jus)

      Cheese: assiette de fromage (camembert le rustique, le bleu de laqueuille, tome de savoie mulled wine gel, whole grain mustard, crostini)

      Dessert: crème caramel (egg custard, caramel sauce, mixed berries, Chantilly)

      Price: $69 per person, plus taxes and gratuities

      Time: reservations between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. with a choice to seat in 15 minute intervals. Consul general will open his table to two persons. If you wish to share his table, dinner will be at 6:30 p.m., please let the restaurant know upon booking.

      Bistro Pastis will donate 5 percent of sales to the Potluck Café Societywhich is a registered charity and social enterprise providing food, training, and job opportunities to residents of Vancouver`s Downtown Eastside.

      Sole Normande at Bistro Pastis

      Save-On Meats

      for Greasy Spoon series with guest Chef Alison Ramage

      (43 West Hastings Street)

      Starter: tart flambée (caramelized onions, mustard, and munster cream), with kale and escarole salad, and potato crisp

      Main: choucroute garnie (smoked sausage), with Reisling fermented cabbage, Spaetzle, and brown butter cream

      Cheese: dlderflower tome Père Antoine ice cream

      Dessert: Alsatian strudel with apples and butter flakey pastry

      Price: $95 per person, plus taxes and gratuities

      Time: two seatings: 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

      Funds raised by the Greasy Spoon Diner series support A Better Life Foundation (ABLF), which aims to empower those who are struggling with addictions and mental illness. By providing food security, education and employment training ABLF supports individuals, while strengthening the quality of community life in the Downtown Eastside. A Better Life Foundation also supports the ongoing Being Hungry Sucks campaign.