FRENCH PRIDE: Ambassador Christophe Farnaud, centre, with Michelin-star French chef Vincent Lucas, left, and French sommelier Philippe Faure-Brac.
Cape Town - In the week of March 21, France is on the menu in the annual #GoutdeFrance (or Good France) celebration of French gastronomy and culture.

During this time, an estimated 3000 chefs in more than 150 countries worldwide will prepare menus which showcase modern French cuisine and wines to local diners.

To launch the South African edition, ambassador to France Christope Farnaud, hosted an event on the lawns of his Pretoria residence this week. On hand to spoil his guests were Michelin-star chef Vincent Lucas and award-winning sommelier Philippe Faure-Brac.

The menu Lucas designed featured four delectable courses, each paired with a French and a South African wine.

GoodFrance is inspired by Auguste Escoffier who launched Epicurean dinners - in which the same menu is served on the same day in different cities. The event this year is dedicated to celebrated French chef Paul Bocuse, credited with the nouvelle cuisine culinary movement, who died in January.

This is the fourth year in which GoodFrance is being organised by the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs, with participation of French embassies throughout the world.

Five Pretoria restaurants and five in Joburg are among those participating in this year’s celebration of French gastronomy and art de vivre (art of living) in what is billed as “the world’s greatest French dinner”, and there are a number of other related events planned.

The participating restaurants in Pretoria are Brasserie de Paris (March 20), [email protected] (March 22), the Prue Leith Restaurant (date), Hemingways at Leriba Hotel and Orange at Court Classique Suite Hotel (March 20-24).

In Joburg, one can book for a French-inspired menu at the SA Culinary Club, Radisson Blu Sandton, Four Seasons The Westcliff (March 15-21), and Les Delices de France and Le Saint Tropez (March 24). Bookings are essential.

Western Cape participants: The 41 and Chefs Restaurant in Cape Town, Le Coin Francais in Franschhoek and Floreal Brasserie at Marianne in Stellenbosch.

KZN: The Glenwood Restaurant, Fusion Restaurant, Fusion French Café and Ile Maurice Restaurant.