Poached Egg Over Girolles

La Ruchotte – High Cuisine at the Farm

In France, Hotels, Restaurants by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch7 Comments

We knew that we were in for a unique experience when a billy goat greeted us upon our arrival at the stone gate of La Ruchotte.

We had left our charming B&B in Chaudenay after just one night. The transient nature of our vacation was causing us to question our judgement as we searched for the farm through the drizzling rain and increasing darkness of the sunset. There was no Internet access whatsoever, and we were hesitant to call the farm due to the anticipated language barrier. Bligny Sur Ouche, the village listed on La Ruchotte’s masthead, was simple enough to find and, once we arrived in the center of town, we even managed to locate a small sign that pointed to the farm. But, by the third wrong turn we felt ready to give up. We finally figured out the error in our direction and managed to arrive just before dinner

Our hosts, Frédéric and Eva Ménager, warmly welcomed us. They showed us to our well appointed accommodations and then led us to the kitchen where Chef Frederic was preparing an extraordinary meal.

The distinctive 13th century farmhouse contains only one guest room. At first glance, we could tell that the room oozed with character, not to mention a flat screen tv, comfortable bed and a big bathtub. That all being said, the experience was all about the food.

Outside of the Farm La Ruchotte France

Outside of the Farm

Inside the Farm La Ruchotte France

Inside the Farm

Frederic, a successful chef in Paris and Burgundy, worked with famed chefs Alain Chapel, Philipe Jousse and Pierre Gagnaire. He and Eva bought the farm ten years ago, where they now raise two sons and various chickens, goats and pigs. They also grow fruits and run a part time restaurant, primarily serving weekend lunches. Additionally, they serve weeknight dinners for large groups.

However, we were the only diners this night.

Although we are quite lucky to have friends in Philadelphia who are amazing chefs, it was a special treat to have a chef of this caliber prepare a four course dinner just for us. And what a dinner it was!

Article La Ruchotte France


Chef at Work La Ruchotte France

Chef at Work

Future First Course La Ruchotte France

Future First Course

As we watched Frederic skillfully prepare our dinner, we perused the small yet unique wine list featuring wines of the region. We selected a 2001 Saint Romain Meursault from Domaine Rougeot to compliment the meal. It was a great choice.

Wine La Ruchotte France


Excited for Dinner La Ruchotte France

Excited for Dinner

Food at La Ruchotte

First course was poached eggs over girolle mushrooms and a savory broth. And bread – crusty, home-made, delicious bread.

Poached Egg over Girolles La Ruchotte France

Poached Egg Over Girolles

Delicious Bread La Ruchotte France

Delicious Bread

View from our Dinner Table La Ruchotte France

View from our Dinner Table

Since Frederic is famous for raising heirloom chickens, we were initially disappointed to have rabbit for the second course – until we tasted the rabbit, which Frederic had skillfully deboned and pan roasted, served with caramelized shallots and squash.

And, of course, more bread.

Rabbit i the Pan La Ruchotte France

Rabbit in the Pan

Rabbit on the Plate La Ruchotte France

Rabbit on the Plate

Next we enjoyed fresh goat cheese (chevre) from a neighboring farm. (And more bread.)

Chèvre La Ruchotte France


Dessert at  La Ruchotte

Finally, the final course was a mirabelle (little plum) tart. As an extra treat, Frederic poured us each a tasty digestif with Marc de Bourgogne.

Mirabelle Tart La Ruchotte France

Mirabelle Tart

Yum! La Ruchotte France


Marc de Bourgogne Digestif La Ruchotte France

Marc de Bourgogne Digestif

Satisfied Diner La Ruchotte France

Satisfied Diner

Although the dinner was the highlight of the visit, we slept like babies in our attic suite. The decor was super tasteful, the bed was comfortable and the aforementioned bathtub rocked.

Attic Bedroom La Ruchotte France

Attic Bedroom

Stairway from Attic Bedroom La Ruchotte France

Stairway from Attice Bedroom

We were sad to wake up to a steady rain that would last the entire day, as it meant that we were unable to explore the farm and see the animals up close. Our disappointment was alleviated when Frederic served us a simple yet hearty breakfast of fried eggs, homemade bread, jams, butter, fresh goat cheese, coffee and courant juice. The bread, butter and goat cheese were welcome repeats from dinner.

Ready for Breakfast La Ruchotte France

Ready for Breakfast

Breakfast Time La Ruchotte France

Breakfast Time

We chatted with our gracious host before we left for our drive to Beaujolais. We talked about the farm, restaurants, travel and more. As we drove away, we agreed to return within the next five years and to stay for several nights.

Hopefully, we’ll get to taste the chicken next time.

Daryl and Frédéric La Ruchotte France

Daryl and Frédéric

La Ferme de La Ruchotte is located at La Ruchotte, 21360 Bligny-sur-Ouche, France.

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  1. I went to a beefsteak last night, so I didn’t salivate too much but it looked great.


  2. It is very uplifting to follow your expierences on this trip. Thank you for sharing the pictures and time you spend writing this Blog,

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