Le Coq d’Or describes itself as “Idaho’s first farm-to-table fine European dining experience.”
That’s a mouthful, even for a restaurant.
But the concept behind the intriguing newcomer at 176 S. Rosebud Lane in Eagle really is that carefully considered — and ambitious. Grand yet cozy, the restaurant seats 66. It’s housed inside the upscale Chateau des Fleurs, a 21,000-square-foot event center next to the headquarters of cosmetics and body-care products company Camille Beckman.
Le Coq d’Or is about savoring the moment, says Roshan Roghani, vice-president of Camille Beckman.
“Our intention is to create a memorable experience where guests can slow down, enjoy their evening and be present in the celebration of life,” she says.
Le Coq d’Or (The Golden Rooster) will open Oct. 2 and 3, reservations only, before welcoming walk-in diners beginning Oct. 6. It’s the latest culinary venture for executive chef Franck Bacquet, former owner of well-reviewed French brasserie Le Coq Rouge in Boise.
The menu will rotate seasonally: “So people are really in touch with what’s actually happening with our Earth,” Roghani says. The focus will be French cuisine, but seasonal changes will allow for occasional forays into other world-focused dishes.
House specialties, with descriptions from the menu, include: Duck Breast Flambé with Honey Truffle Sauce (“Pan seared duck breast flambé with cognac and truffle honey sauce. Served with Chateau grown potatoes au gratin and roasted vegetables,” $34.50), French Lamb Rack (“Braised rack of lamb with a Dijon mustard crust. Served with a seasonal vegetable medley from the garden with pureed potatoes,” $39.50) and Classic French Onion Soup (“Made with our generational French beef stock recipe and caramelized onions. Baked with gruyere cheese and Chateau made croutons,” $13).
Ingredients will be “very consciously sourced,” Roghani says.
“That’s how we eat as a family,” she explains. “So we’re really focusing on the farm-to-table aspect. We have our own gardens where we’re growing a lot of our herbs and our vegetables and our fruits here on site. We also are working with other local vendors to bring in other aspects.”
Meats, dairy and eggs will be purchased locally. Animal-related ingredients will come from humanely raised, grass-fed and cage-free origins.
This weekend’s soft opening at Le Coq d’Or is a precursor to the Nov. 7 public unveiling of the entire Chateau des Fleurs. That’s when curious Idahoans will be able to tour the facility, which Roghani describes as “beautiful” and “amazing.”
With French decor and paintings by Hungarian-born artist Mark Lajos (1867-1942), Le Coq d’Or should tie in organically with the rest of the grounds.
“The Chateau is all based upon dreams and manifestation and people having a really out-of-this-world experience,” Roghani says.
Le Coq d’Or hours: 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. Reservations: (208) 860-8844.
MORE HYDE PARK PIZZA
Hyde Park will get another pizza joint when North End Pizza debuts at the end of the year at 1513 N. 13th St.
T.J. and Missy Sayles, co-owners of German-themed pub Prost at 274 N. 8th St., are renovating the space previously occupied by Brumfield’s Gallery. It will include a stylish wraparound bar where customers can quaff Northwest beers while noshing on slices. Don’t expect to find thin-crusted Neapolitan pies; the crust will be somewhere between Chicago and New York in terms of thickness.
The concept, modeled after the decidedly casual Ridge Pizza in Seattle’s Phinney Ridge neighborhood, will give pizza aficionados a second Hyde Park option. Veteran pizza destination Sunray Cafe is located a stone’s throw away at 1602 N. 13th St.
The Sayleses once again are teaming up with their business partner Chris Navarra, a Seattle restaurateur who owns Ridge Pizza and Prost German Pubs.
The ninth annual Eagle Food and Wine Festival is Oct. 3 at Banbury Golf Course, 2626 S. Marypost Place, from 6-9 p.m.
This year’s festival, which benefits the Eagle Food Bank and Special Olympics Idaho, will bring together around 15 local wineries and at least that many restaurants, markets and caterers for Eagle’s premier foodie event.
Expect to taste vintages from Eagle wineries 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards and Cellar 616. Other Snake River Valley wineries — such as Hat Ranch Winery, Cold Springs Winery, Indian Creek Winery and Zhoo Zhoo Wines — will be there, as well, pouring select wines.
Food will be provided by Banbury Golf Course, Bella Aquila, Porterhouse Market, Bardenay, Kanak Attack, Wild West Eatery, Le Coq d’Or and more.
Tickets cost $40 per person and can be purchased at eaglefoodandwinefestival.com.
SUR LA TABLE
Sur la Table, 3540 E. Longwing Lane at The Village at Meridian, offers about 15 hands-on cooking classes each week in its tricked-out exhibition kitchen.
Upcoming classes ($69 for the ones mentioned below) have the fall season in mind. On Oct. 5, Sur la Table resident chef Daisy Lewis will teach folks rustic cooking in her “Versatile Cast Iron Cooking” class at 6:30 p.m. Learn how to make dishes such as skillet-fried chicken, mushroom, tomato and parmesan bread pudding and an apple tart with an almond crust.
On Oct. 6, Lewis will offer that class again at 11 a.m., followed by “Cider House Feast” at 6:30 p.m. Here, she will teach people how make apple cider-braised chicken, apple, radish and fennel salad and a caramel apple tart.
On Oct. 11, check out Nancy Dowling’s “Fabulous Fall Tarts” class at 10 a.m., where she will teach people the secrets of a making a flaky crust topped with fall ingredients such as apples, butternut squash and pumpkin. Later that day, at 2 p.m., the meatless crowd can learn some new recipes in “Vegetarian Fall Favorites.” Recipes for this class include beet risotto, goat cheese soufflé with arugula pesto and Marsala-poached pears.
To reserve a spot in a cooking class or to see the entire schedule, go to surlatable.com.
Phone: (208) 888-1215.
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