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September 19, 2012

Just over a week ago, we blogged about Fred Berkmiller, chef patron of L’escargot Bleu and Blanc, keeping open the Bistrot at the French Institute in Randolph Crescent, Edinburgh, after the Festival.

Over the last couple of years, Le Bistrot had only been open sporadically for events like the Festival.

Anyway, you may recall that as well as serving breakfasts and lunches, we told you that there would be themed meals and gastronomic discussions. The first takes place next week.

French food

‘Les Diners du Bistrot’ are themed events designed to celebrate French food in all its diversity. Housed around communal tables in the newly reopened Bistrot de l’Institut, and taking place once or twice a month, these dining events offer a set menu varying with the seasons and the themes.

As the harvest season draws to an end, Le Bistrot is celebrating the end of the old wine year and the beginning of the next with ‘Le repas des vendangeurs’, or the grape-pickers’ dinner.


Fred has drawn up a special four course menu full of autumnal flavours: pike quenelles in Nantua sauce, Beaujolais terrine, fourme and Lyonnais sausages are all featured. French wine has been chosen to match both the food and the party atmosphere.

Le Repas des Vendangeurs is on at 6.30 pm on Tuesday 25 September. Set 4 course menu including wine: £28 (£25). Advanced booking is compulsory.