At Carpe Diem, Chef Olivier approaches dishes from various regions of the world with traditional French cooking techniques borrowed from his family's lengthy culinary history. His ancestors opened their first bakery in 1820 in northern France, and today the chef uses skills they passed along to shape the menu in his own eatery. Natural and organic ingredients also go into dishes such as steak au poivre, which a writer for the New Times Broward-Palm Beach described as “a round of thick filet mignon seared to a crusty exterior and crimson center. A ladle of rich cream-and-cognac pan sauce surrounds the filet while half-cracked peppercorns speckle the surface like buttons.”
In the kitchen, whisks sing against pots and bowls as Chef Olivier crafts time-tested fusion cuisine dishes such as risotto in lobster sauce, along with healthy options such as mango salsa and quinoa salad. Glasses of French Kronenbourg beer clink together, and bottles of bordeaux, chardonnay, and champagne stand alone on tables like uncles boycotting Thanksgiving.