The themed dinner: a complete menu for a French evening

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Visiting coming or just want to unpack for one? Putting together a menu can still be a challenge. Since the Culy editors get very enthusiastic about a themed dinner, we help you on your way with an atmosphere-enhancing menu for dinner, lunch or breakfast. Gives you a few extra hours in the kitchen. This time we travel to France, for a complete French menu with all the classics in one evening. table!

From an hors d’oeuvre to the petit gâteau with coffee: grab the shopping list.


To smoothly get into the French atmosphere, we start the evening – or the end of the afternoon – with an aperitif and matching hors d’oeuvre. A crucial moment not to stand in the kitchen and to take a glass in your hand.

There is a good chance that this will take place standing or in a different corner than the dining table. Handy, then, to be able to eat 1 or 2 snacks out of hand during this round and to serve something that you could have made in advance, or that at least requires little à la minute work.

  • Gougères (French cheese puffs) by Alain Caron
  • Oysters with dressing   
  • Toast with duck rillettes 


So at the table. Which has already been covered in the French way. With second-hand crockery and glasses , for example. French cuisine is not necessarily known as a very light and since there is still plenty to eat, we have a few suggestions for a typical French starter; one is more than enough. Of course served with a French baguette and some salted butter.

  • Culy Homemade: oeufs mayonnaise with parsley oil
  • Escargot with herb butter
Oeufs mayo

Main dish

Are you someone who is always afraid that you have too little (seems familiar to us), then serve a French onion soup in between. If you are not, continue your French menu with a main course. Fish, meat or with a focus on vegetables, everything is possible. Accompanied of course by the unsurpassed l’aligot .

  • Fish: Classic sole and trout à la meunière
  • Vegetarian: Pointed cabbage rôti with beurre rouge
  • Poultry: Simple coq au vin
  • Meat: Grilled entrecôte with persillade from Alain Caron
pointed cabbage rôti with beurre rouge from Crisp


No French menu is complete without a dessert; one is even more memorable than the other. For this classic menu, we have selected a few indispensable items for you.

  • le flottantes with salted caramel
  • Culy Homemade: galette with rhubarb and strawberries
  • French and foolproof chocolate lava cakes: moelleux au chocolat
Ile Flottante


And then there’s the coffee, accompanied of course by something homemade such as a madeleine , a canelé  or a financier . If this is a bit too much, take a return trip to Le Fournil for the best French options over coffee. You can immediately take a baguette with you.

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