If you're not doing anything really important for dinner on Sun., March 4 — and maybe even if you are — you now have someplace to be. Every year for one night, Lucques co-owners Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne host a cassoulet night in place of one of their customary Sunday Suppers. This year will be their ninth, and it's a tradition we hope they'll continue for, well, as long as the restaurant is around, which is to say forever.
Those unfamiliar with cassoulet, the traditional, rustic, southern French dish of duck confit and Tarbais beans and garlic sausage, might use this opportunity to familiarize yourself with it. Those who know how glorious the dish is will already be making reservations.
The three-course menu is $45 and includes two other dishes that sound pretty good, too: a salad of young greens and Vernieres Roquefort with walnuts; and a dessert of Gascon almond cake with roasted apples and prune-Armagnac ice cream (in a perfect world, one would invite Paula Wolfert to dinner).
To quote Styne: “Suzanne and I are both Francophiles at heart and when we opened Lucques we were definitely influenced by the food, wine and customs of France. In France, cassoulet is traditionally served during the colder months and it just seemed right to tribute the dish for one of our winter Sunday Suppers.” Even if we're having a heat wave, remember that it gets cold enough at night, especially out in Lucques' garden patio.
Cassoulet night at Lucques will be served from 5 – 10 p.m. And yes, you really need reservations for this one. Call the restaurant at (323) 655-6277 or go online (lucques.com).