The Vol-au-Vent: La Ruchotte farmhouse inn and restaurant’s tasting menu

The Vol-au-Vent tasting menu

La Ruchotte® farmhouse inn and restaurant’s Chef Frédéric Ménager’s signature price-fixed menu: this impressive 9-course tasting menu honors a style of 18th century middle class French home cooking while elevating it with elements of high-level cuisine and seasonal products. Crayfish, truffles, poulard (or young chicken), asparagus, pike and quenelles are sublimated with a sophisticated touch by “Fred.” Backed by years of experience working with three Michelin Star Chef Michelin Alain Chapel, our alternative chef and farmer invites you to have the dining experience of a lifetime with his Vol au Vent® feast, where you can look forward to all manner of decadence made with the finest seasonal products.

The Vol-au-Vent tasting menu

An ode to high-end French country style cuisine

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The literal translation for Vol-au-vent is “windblown,” used to describe the light quality of this classic French dish, which consists of a small hollow case of puff pastry filled with either a savory or sweet filling. If you have the chance to embark on Frédéric Ménager’s Vol au Vent® dining experience, you can look forward to a 9-course tasting meal that will have you blown away by its pure decadence. A veritable banquet, that is as refined as it is copious, which will satisfy the appetites of even the most discerning epicureans.

Price: 150€ per person, excluding drinks.

What delicacies await you?

Lauded by the press and fine dining connoisseurs, this exceptional culinary experience is the perfect representation of French Haute Cuisine in its purest form. Thanks to its undeniable success, Vol au Vent® attracts gourmets from around the world to the Côte d’Or, just to have the chance to eat some of the most emblematic dishes of the 18th century at the La Ruchotte® farmhouse inn and restaurant:

  • Small frogs in a persillade sauce
  • Poultry liver terrine with beef bone marrow, Loire crayfish bisque and pan seared crayfish
  • Poultry Quenelle with tarragon and a tarragon broth
  • Stew of cockscomb and kidneys
  • Veal Quenelle with truffles and truffle emulsion
  • Whole roasted veal sweetbread with truffle juice
  • Pike Quenelle with crayfish broth
  • Vol au Vent, rack of veal, veal kidney, roasted poultry, crayfish, truffles, butter puff pastry, Albufera sauce
  • A selection of cheeses and the dessert of the day

Hard-to-get cult wines to little-known gems

The Vol au Vent® tasting menu does not include drinks, allowing you to select a wine in accordance with your taste and budget. Indulge yourself by choosing a wine from La Ruchotte’s® exclusive selection.

La Ruchotte’s® Wine Cellar houses exceptional grands crus and hard-to-get wines that are just as divine as the Chef’s favorite little-known gems. With a wine selection of this breadth and depth you’re sure to find an excellent wine. Since the tasting menu at La Ruchotte® changes daily, our Sommelier have the opportunity to open these singular wines with food that is uniquely suited to them.

La Ruchotte’s Chef explains the inspiration behind his Vol au Vent

"I had the chance to make the Vol au Vent® several times when I was working at Alain Chapel’s [restaurant]. It is perhaps one of the most beautiful dishes in French cuisine. It’s not the precise measurement of the ingredients that matter for this kind of dish, it’s the quality of the products that makes this dish successful.

It’s a dish that requires you to spend a week chasing after the best veal chop, from the region’s best breeders.

To get up at 4AM to get unpasteurized cream. To drink white wine at 8AM with the fishermen at Philippe’s "Neuf Pond" to get your pike. A dish that requires you to go to the root of each ingredient!"
Frédéric Ménager

International acclaim for the farmhouse inn and restaurant Ferme de La Ruchotte

French daily newspaper Libération reviews the Vol au Vent

"The apocalypse took place on Sunday, February 18th, between 1:00 and 4:00PM at the Ferme de la Ruchotte®, a gourmet restaurant in the Côte-d’Or. For it is a sacred and intangible fact: one can die without regret from the meal after tasting 49-year-old chef-countryman-tattooed-metalhead Frédéric Ménager’s seven-course vol-au-vent feast. If God had invented the gourmet orgasm, it is certain that he would have blessed this infernal brew of crayfish, young chicken, veal, quenelles, truffles, morels, cream, butter, puff pastry... You have to be a bit of a polymorphous pervert and a heroic warrior monk to imagine such a monument that leads you to an orgasmic death and rebirth that replenishes the taste buds."
Jacky Durand, Journalist for the French newspaper Libération

The greatest Michelin Star Chefs recommend the farmhouse inn and restaurant

There’s a reason why Frédéric Ménager has been garnered with praise from renowned journalists and the finest French Michelin Star Chefs – Chef Ménager’s interpretation of French country style cuisine with an Haute Cuisine twist and his Vol au Vent® are an invitation to happiness, an extraordinary once-in-a-lifetime culinary experience …

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Vol au Vent: Upcoming dates

One of La Ruchotte®’s specialties, this 9-course tasting menu only takes place 12 times a year.

Price: 150€ per person (excluding drinks)
Limited to a maximum of 35 guests per event

  • September 25, 2022 (Fully booked)
  • October 30, 2022 (Fully booked)
  • November 27, 2022 (Fully booked)
  • December 11, 2022 (Fully booked)

2023/2024 season...

  • January 22, 2023
  • February 12, 2023
  • February 26, 2023
  • March 19, 2023
  • April 9, 2023
  • April 30, 2023
  • May 7, 2023
  • September 23, 2023
  • September 24, 2023
  • October 28, 2023
  • October 29, 2023
  • November 25, 2023
  • November 26, 2023
  • December 9, 2023
  • December 10, 2023
  • January 20, 2024
  • January 21, 2024
  • February 10, 2024
  • February 11, 2024
  • March 2, 2024
  • March 3, 2024
  • March 23, 2024
  • March 24, 2024
  • April 6, 2024
  • April 7, 2024
  • May 5, 2024

If you would like to gift this unforgettable feast to a loved one, La Ruchotte’s® e-shop features gift vouchers for exclusive access to this event.

Reserve your fine dining experience at the farmhouse inn and restaurant Ferme de La Ruchotte

Ready to wake up your tastebuds? The restaurant farm La Ruchotte® - located in the heart of Burgundy France in Bligny sur Ouche near Beaune - welcomes you for the Vol au Vent® Sunday lunch, on the abovementioned dates. Feel free to call us to inquire about booking availabilities at +33 3 80 20 04 79 or fill out our reservation form. Follow us on social media to stay-in-the-know about upcoming events at La Ruchotte®!

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