We bring this traditional French bistro dish to the breakfast table from sidewalk cafés on The Avenue des Champs-Élysées. Our large premium escargots are sautéed in artisanal butter with finely diced Champlain Valley Mushrooms, lots of Vermont organic garlic, fresh seasonal herbs, parsley, then presented in a delicately shredded potato nest surrounded by our velvety French-style scrambled eggs.
A Brief History
We’ve been eating snails for millennia—first in Spain, about 10,000 years earlier than France. And, recent studies have found evidence that consuming by humans began about 30,000 years ago near Benidorm, Spain. This legendary French dish is most popular in Paris, and, of course, Burgundy, and more recently, the Bordeaux-style escargot where snails are prepared in a white wine broth is a non-traditional alternative.
“The popularity of escargots is attributed to the then French Minister for Foreign Affairs, Talleyrand, who, in 1814, was organizing a reception for the Russian Tsar who was in Paris. He wanted to impress him and serve him something he’d never eaten before. His chef was Antonin Carême, a Burgundian, and escargots was in its beginnings a Burgundian dish.” National Escargot Day: everything you need to know about the French delicacy, Matilda Marseillaise.
Chef Kay has transformed this time-honored hors d’oeuvres into a gourmet breakfast dish at Pond Mountain Inn. Kay sought inspiration from L’Escargot Montorgueil, which is considered the best in Paris, and Benoit Restaurant and Wine Bar in New York, which we feel serves the best classic French escargot in the city.
Join us for National Escargot Day—celebrated every year on May 24th that honors this delicious French hors d’oeuvres.
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