As a teenager, Chef Aurore de Beauduy learned to cook her first French dish under the tutelage of a few renowned chefs. This experience ignited a passion for cooking that led her to study at France's Cordon Bleu Culinary School. Today, she draws on nearly life-long training as the executive chef of Vogue Bistro. Here she puts her skills on display each day in an open kitchen, where she infuses modern American dishes with French influences. She sears grass-fed Angus filet mignon, wraps puff pastry around Sicilian eggplant parmesan, and stirs pots of French rabbit-and-vegetable stew. Though these dishes take center stage, the bistro also stamps its signature on martinis. Each cocktail is named for a famous clothing designer and features Skyy vodka blended with ingredients such as fresh juices and fruit-infused liqueurs.
To extend her culinary influence, Beauduy assembles platters for on- or off-site catering that focus on her artistic presentation. And, in weekly introductory cooking classes, she teaches students how to prepare basic French recipes and how to properly pronounce the word "ratatouille."
In a quaint French bistro setting, Head Chef Anthony Ferré and Alain Keller whip up an extensive menu stocked with authentic French crêpes and Swiss fondue along with traditional cuisine such as the flammenkuchen, an oven-toasted tart topped with sour cream, bacon, onion and Swiss cheese ($9.50). Share the imposing La Potence, a vertical metal rack of beef tenderloin flambéed tableside ($25) or the docile Swiss cheese fondue, spiked with white wine and served with French baguette croutons for dipping ($17.50). Pacify sweet teeth buds with a sweet crêpe such as the Grand Marnier crêpe, drizzled with chocolate and bursting with vanilla ice cream and candied orange peel ($5.75), among other dessert options. A tongue-quenching wine selection highlights French, Californian, and some Swiss wines as well as globally sourced beers.
Nestled within a charming 1930s farmhouse on a former artichoke plantation, Coup Des Tartes entrances guests with meals of American-tinged French and Mediterranean fare culled from organic meats and locally raised vegetables and fruits. Like Charles de Gaulle's album of sensitive acoustic singer-songwriter ballads, the restaurant combines stately Gallic character with disarming intimacy, framing meals of herbed chicken and grass-fed filet mignon with warm, flickering candlelight. Amid the 14-table space's cozy coved ceilings and hardwood floors, guests happily sup upon Moroccan lamb sandwiches or rich, creamy cheese, pairing dinners with beer or wine brought from home. Across the courtyard from Coup Des Tartes, the private Rendez-Vous dining room welcomes guests into a luxurious, yet rustic cocoon of slate tile floor and glowing chandeliers, provisioning feasts and fetes with freshly baked breakfast pastries, catered luncheons, and multicourse dinners.
The culinary half of this delicious dichotomy is curated by award-winning head chef Christopher Gross, while the palate behind the fermented lounge is sommelier Paola Embry. Hungry peepers can feast upon Christopher's thoroughly modern dining digs; outfitted with bright, candy-colored fixtures that accent clean geometrics and foundational earth tones. Commence proper consumption by memorizing the full dining menu, which is creatively infused with the flavors of French cuisine, tempting early appetites with first plates such as wild-mushroom soup with foie gras ($18) and escargot en croute ($14), or savory salads such as duck confit with mixed greens, Humboldt Fog cheese, and cognac-infused dried cherries ($16). Warm up every nook and cranny of your mouth in preparation for great after-dinner conversation with a plate of steamed mussels with Spanish chorizo and white wine ($16), or take a large bite of smoked truffle-infused filet mignon ($36) to avoid answering questions about your "secret club" and the only other member, your "Matthew McConaughey." For an edible that's both cozy and elegant, opt for a wood-oven pizza topped with wild mushrooms, shallots, and arugula ($12).
Consistently wonderful meals, an award winning wine list and unparalleled attentive service. Critics say our food is "always intriguing and inspiring." We say it's Chef Vincent's unique blend of classic French recipes with Southwestern ingredients that makes patrons and critics rave.