Friday, March 18, 2016

Et Voila! Introduces a New Regional Menu

From our friends at Et Voila!...

Guests Can Take a Culinary Expedition Throughout France, from the Rocky Northern Coast to the Mountains of the South

Owner and Executive Chef Claudio Pirollo of Et Voila!, the classic Belgian French bistro located in the heart of the Palisades neighborhood at 5120 MacArthur Blvd., NW is pleased to announce the debut of his new regional menu showcasing the many bold flavors of France. Beginning Thursday, March 17 and offered every Thursday evening, guests are invited to join Et Voila! on a culinary journey across France where a different regional special will be highlighted and paired with a wine from the same area. This special dining adventure is priced at $28 per person (tax and gratuity not included.) Prepared by Executive Chef Claudio Pirollo, it will be available exclusively during dinner service from 5 PM to 10 PM. Regions being highlighted include Alsace on March 17th, Midi-Pyrénées on March 24th, and Brittany on March 31st.

Alsace is a northeastern French region on the Rhine River plain. Bordering Germany and Switzerland, it has alternated between German and French control over the centuries and reflects a mix of the two cultures. Alsatian cuisine, somewhat based on Germanic culinary traditions, is marked by the use of pork in various forms. It is perhaps mostly known for the region's wines and beers. Alsace produces some of the world's most noted dry Rieslings and is the only region in France to produce mostly varietal wines identified by the names of the grapes used. Dish to be showcased will be a traditional a Fish Choucroute paired with a glass of Les Elements Riesling from the Domaine Bott Geyl.

The Midi-Pyrénées is a region in southern France separated from Spain by the Pyrenees Mountains.  Midi-Pyrenees cuisine is a wonderful balance between French and Spanish cultures and Gascony food heritage. Blending the country casseroles of Southern France with the spicy cooking from Spain, Midi-Pyrenees is famous for its rich, tasty gastronomy. Traditionally hearty, this region's cooking is based on both local gourmet products and convivial country dishes with chicken, goose or duck. It boasts fresh products such as mountain French cheese, truffles and walnut oil. The Midi-Pyrenees region of France offers five AOC wines and is best known for Cahors, Fronton, Gaillac, Madiran, Pacherenc and Saint-Mont wines. Dish to be showcased will be a Cassoulet paired with a glass of Madiran.

France’s northwestern most region, Brittany, is a hilly peninsula extending out toward the Atlantic Ocean.  The pink granite coast is famed for its unusual, blush-hued sand and rocks. Brittany boasts a strong Celtic heritage, that sets it apart from the rest of France.  Surrounded by the sea, Brittany offers a wide range of fresh seafood and fish, especially mussels and Belon oysters. No other oyster name in the world is more famous than "Belon." Although Muscadet and Gros Plant white wines are produced south of the Loire, the traditional drink of Brittany is cider. Brittany is the second-largest cider-producing region in France and is traditionally served in a bowl or a cup. Dish to be showcased will be the many varieties of Brittany oysters, paired with a glass of Cider Brut.

Et Voila! is open for lunch Tuesday through Friday, from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM, and dinner service Sunday and Monday, from 5 PM to 9:30 PM; Tuesday through Thursday, from 5 PM to 10 PM, and Friday and Saturday from 5 PM to 10:30 PM. Weekend brunch is available Saturday and Sunday, from 11 AM to 2:30 PM. For additional information please call (202) 237-2300 and visit Follow Et Voila! on Twitter @etvoiladc and on Facebook