French food is more than just food – it’s a way of life

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The art of French food

The French believe in food. It’s somewhere between art and religion. Every step of the process of preparing and eating it is to be savored, not rushed.

This was the message that Julia Child popularized in her bestselling book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. To honor Julia’s role in bringing French cooking to middle America, Chicago’s TimeLine Theatre Company premiered a play of her life in 2008. To Master the Art received strong reviews and five Jeff Award nominations, and re-inspired Americans to bring the beauty and flavor of French food into their own homes.

French food to take on the go

Chicago Chef Charlie Trotter even visited with Julia in her kitchen on an episode of “Cooking with Master Chefs.” Together they prepared seared scallops with curried carrot broth, followed by quenelles of sorbet in a warm peach soup. Even though Charlie Trotter’s world-famous restaurant sadly closed after his tragic death in 2013, the Culinary Education Foundation that he began in 1999 still continues to train classical chefs to this day.

There are still some other places to find fine French food in Chicago, including Les Nomades on the Magnificent Mile, Pierrot Gourmet on the Gold Coast, and Le Bouchon in Bucktown.

These offer you a taste of French haute cuisine, from snails to crème brulée. And of course, for a taste of traditional, hearty French food that won’t take all day or break the bank, there’s always Maison Parisienne. No jacket, tie or reservations required – just the best French food to take on the go.

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