Friday, June 9, 2017


Soiree Poulet
LA Times Food Bowl
235 N. Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Tel: 310.271.9910
Cuisine: French, Fried Chicken
$$$$ ($50+)
Wed, 05/31/2017, 7pm-10pm (tickets-$75 each plus tax)
     (5 Piglets)

Every Monday, Bouchon in Beverly Hills presents a fried chicken dinner that is a replica of the fried chicken at Thomas Keller's other restaurant Ad Hoc in Napa Valley. The fried chicken is iconic. It is delectable. It is pretty much magnificent. So, the LA Times Food Bowl thought it would be a good idea to host a fried chicken event at Bouchon during the month of May...and Thomas Keller complied.

I have never tried the fried chicken at Ad Hoc nor have I tried it at Bouchon. The event was a great way for me to finally do so. Not only did the three Michelin star chef Thomas Keller decide to partake in this event, but he gathered his friends Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (James Beard award winners) of Son of Gun to present their chicken sandwich as well as Farmshop's Jeff Cerciello to serve his gluten-free Jidori fried chicken. It was marvelous. All you can eat fried chicken, open bar, and desserts, what more could you ask for?

And the line and amount of people were ridiculous....but who cares, cause the food was delicious! Below are some pics from the event...
The kitchen of Bouchon where the magic happens...
Look at the desserts...

Everyone seems so happy
Hard at work...

The Farmshop's fried chicken! So moist and delicious! 
Seasoning all that fried chicken 

The fried chicken was so delicious. The crust was amazing and the rosemary added some contrast to the usual simple plain fried chicken 

The Farmshop's fried chicken up close...

Bouchon's fried chicken! So amazing!!!!! 

Bouchon provided a whole bucket of fried chicken with fries! I think it came with three pieces of deliciously golden and succulent fried chicken. The line was ridiculous to get these suckers, but it was well worth it. 

The desserts! 

The Bouchon bread with cured meat! 
Jon and Vinny's buns getting on the grill all buttered up! 

Son of a Gun's chicken sandwich. This fried chicken sandwich was da bomb! I've had it before and I thought it was good, but tonight, it was unbelievably delicious! I seriously thought it could be the best chicken sandy I've ever had. The coleslaw was tangy and fresh and it cut through the juicy fried goodness underneath it. There was even a spiciness to it and everything was well put together. 

Jon and Vinny's fried chicken sandwich after I took a bite! 

The pies and cakes were so good! 

All the alcohol I wanted...

More alcohol! I had the pinot noir and it was yummy! 
Look at how magnificent this macaron tower is! 

Caramel popcorn as a take home treat! 
Thanks Thomas Keller! 

Thanks Vinny! 
Overall, the Soiree Poulet event was pretty amazing. The amount of people that had attended was overwhelming, but it was worth the wait and cost. I wish they had a better understanding of how many people would attend and how to direct people into which line to get into for what food. It was a cluster initially and then by 9pm, it was a whole lot better. I went with my friends and their baby, so I think we were able to get some seats to eat our food; otherwise, we would've been SOL. The chefs were awesome and I truly loved every bite of my food. From the Son of Gun fried chicken sandwich to the fried chicken at both Bouchon and Farmshop, you really can't go wrong at either place. Luckily, they serve these bites at their restaurants, so be sure to check it out! 

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