National Escargot Day 2013

NED 2013 Logo ChicagoChicago, Illinois - National Escargot Day Celebrations Are Coming To Chicago! Marking the end of the annual harvest period, May 24, 2013 promises to be our biggest event yet!

The sustainably conducted month-long search for the true Wild Burgundy Snail, across vast tracts of European wilderness, culminates in a feast. A tribute to the world's most versatile protein, National Escargot Day menus present the Helix Pomatia Linne in all its glory. Diners this year will experience multi-course tasting menus, à la carte options, and even the occasional dessert, honoring the "Kobe Beef of Snails".

100% Organic, 100% Natural, the finest of the 116 edible varieties of snail and the only variety that can be truly called "Burgundy Snail", the Helix Pomatia Linne is also nutritionally unbeatable: see

As seen in Bon Appetit (March, 2005), Saveur (October, 2005), Santé (May, 2006), the Wall Street Journal (January, 2007), Philadelphia Inquirer (May, 2007), Philadelphia Magazine (August, 2009) says, "These snails are a revelation to those who don't like escargots".

Featured in:

Daniel Boulud's My French Cuisine.

Thomas Keller's The Bouchon Cookbook.

Fabio Trabocchi's Cucina of Le Marche:
A Chef's Treasury of Recipes from Italy's Last Culinary Frontier.

Marc Vetri's Il Viaggio de Vetri Cookbook.

Vitaly Paley's The Paley's Place Cookbook.

Harvested by hand in the wild, immaculately prepared, and simply unmatched, the Wild Burgundy Snails are the choice of top chefs across America. Smaller events are being planned in other cities as well.

2013 Chicago Participating Chefs & Restaurants include:

Chef Paul Kahan
Publican Quality Meats
619 West Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 715-0708

Chef Stephanie Izard
Girl & The Goat
809 West Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 492-6262

Chef Paul Virant
Perennial Virant
1800 North Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 981-7070

Chef Dale Levitski
Frog N Snail
1417 West Fullerton Avenue
Chicago, IL  60614
(773) 348-0706

Chef Phillip Foss
El Ideas
2419 West 14th Street
Chicago, IL  60618
(312) 226-8144

Chef Thomas Lents
Sixteen Restaurant
Trump Hotel
401 North Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 588-8151


Chef John Anderes
2601 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL  60647
(773) 292-9463

Chef Kevin Hickey
120 East Delaware Place
Chicago, IL  60611
(312) 799-4900

Chef Dominic Zumpano
MH Fish House
670 Bank Lane
Lake Forest, IL  60045
(847) 234-8802

Chef Scott Manley
Table, Donkey, and Stick
2728 West Armitage Avenue
Chicago, IL  60647
(773) 486-8525

Chef Jerome Bacle
Courtright's Restaurant
8989 Archer Avenue
Willow Springs, IL  60480
(708) 839-8000

Chef Greg Biggers
Café des Architectes
20 East Chestnut Street
Chicago, IL  60611
(312) 324-4000

Chef/Proprietor J. Joho
Exec. Chef Alex Ageneau
Paris Club
59 West Hubbard Street
Chicago, IL  60610
(312) 595-0800

Chef Chris Pandel
The Bristol
2152 North Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL  60647
(773) 862-5555


























Stay tuned as more local restaurants are expected to confirm. Press seating with The Snailman is available.

2013 Coverage:

On National Escargot Day, Chicago Chefs Go Italian

Monday, May 20, 2013
by Danial Gerzina

Last Easter weekend, there was a late breakfast at Palazzo Donati in Italy's Le Marche region. One of our writers was there, and one of the many things he ate that morning was a platter of snails, which may sound formidable right out of bed, but they were full of herbs, garlic and, being Italian, light tomato sauce. View full article.

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Eating Neglected Food: National Escargot Day.  Hail the Snail!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
by David Hammond


In 2007, during the cicada infestation of Oak Park, I appeared on several national and international television shows talking about ways to prepare seasonal cicadas in various dishes. Our most popular cicada creation, designed by my wife, Carolyn, was a nori roll with seaweed, rice, steamed vegetables and fried cicadas, which were a little like very small soft shell crabs. View full article.


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2012 Participating Chefs & Restaurants

Chef Ben Puchowitz
37 S. 19th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 564-2925

Chef Pierre Calmels
1009 South 8th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 767-0731

Chef Peter Woolsey
Bistrot la Minette
623 South 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 925-8000

Chef Jon Cichon
Lacroix at The Rittenhouse
210 West Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 925-8000


Chef David Salama
Creperie Beaumonde
624 South Sixth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 592-0656

Chef Lee Styer
1617 East Passyunk Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 551-5000

Chef Sheri Waide
701 South 4th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 238-1888

Chef Brad Spence
Amis Trattoria
412 S. 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA  19147
(215) 732-2647











Chef Paul Ferzacca
La Tour
122 East Meadow Drive
Vail, CO 81657
(970) 476-4403

Chef Andy Schneider
le Rêve Café
7610 Harwood Avenue
Wauwatosa, WI 53213
(414) 778-3333 

Chef Jeff Pfeiffer
Bistro Niko at The Sovereign
3344 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 261-6456













Past Coverage:

Philadelphia has a taste for escargot and foie gras

More on National Escargot Day

6 Ways to Get Your Escargot Fix

Catch long-time Potironne client and friend Chef Philippe Bertineau of Alain Ducasse's Benoit Bistro, New York City, on Martha Stewart Radio Wednesday (5/23) at 8:10AM ET to discuss National Escargot Day.

The snail picks up the pace
The Philadelphia Inquirer

The Snail's Day
Sante Magazine

Ask Zagat: Why Is Escargot Day May 24?

Happy National Escargot Day!

Celebrating With Snails For Supper at Bibou

Bibou marks National Escargot Day

National Escargot Day Tasting Menu
DB Food Blog

Some Pictures of the Great Day on
National Escargot Day

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