“Responsible Cooking” is the theme of the fifth annual Goût de France, or Taste of France, gastronomic festival that kicked off Wednesday and continues through Sunday. Ten Cuenca restaurants are among 3,000 world-wide that will participate, featuring special menus as part of the celebration.
Antoine Lissorgues, director of Cuenca’s Alliance Française, says the 2019 festival is dedicated not only to showcasing French cuisine but to promoting dining that is healthy and environmentally sensible. “The emphasis is on preparing wonderful meals that are low in fat, sugar and salt and, at the same time, respect the resources of the planet,” he said.
Participating Cuenca restaurants are Le Bistro Francais, Golden Prague, Zircus Restaurant, El Mercado, Anqa, Rosée de Villarosa, Akelarre, Tutto Fredo, Le Petit Jardin and Raíces. All will prepare meals approved by the French organizers of the event.
Chef Thomas Baclé of Le Bistro says Goût de France will demonstrate the healthiness of the French menu. “Some people have the impression that French food is full of fats and oils,” he says. “They think of the rich sauces we are famous for but they don’t understand that the ingredients and preparation make the meals non-fattening.” He adds that the meals he serves will be accompanied by appropriate French wines.
Those dining in the participating restaurants during the festival will be eligible to win an all-expenses-paid trip to France.