Le Francais Chefs Reunite 
In a Special Fundraiser 
To Honor Legendary Chef and
Animal Lover Jean Banchet

Le Francais Chefs Reunited

for Adopt-A-Pet Fundraiser

In Honor of Jean Banchet


Dear friends, 

Chef Michael Lachowicz will host a Le Francais Guest Chef Dinner at Restaurant Michael, Thursday, April 3, 2014 beginning at 6:30pm. This dinner is, of course, to honor a pioneer of fine dining in the Chicagoland area.

Chef Jean Banchet presided over a restaurant that was considered one of the best in the world in the late 1970's. In fact, Bon Appetit magazine voted it the best restaurant in America in 1980.

Our Chef, Michael Lachowicz, worked under both Banchet and Le Francais' second Chef Roland Liccioni. 

Chef Roland Liccioni, who subsequently owned and operated Le Francais for 10 years and Chef Patrick Chabert who was Chef de Cuisine under both Banchet and Liccioni will be preparing iconic Banchet recipes to honor this culinary legend who passed away last November.

Daniel Gutierrez (who as you know still works with us) and Roberto Serrano, 25 year veterans of the Le Francais, will both be joining us to work under GM Marcello Cancelli and his team for the evening.

Marcello is also pairing special wines with most courses. The full menu is below.

The cost is $149.00 per person exclusive of tax and gratuity.   


Ten percent of the evening's gross proceeds will be donated to Adopt-A-Pet in the name of Doris & Jean Banchet, both of whom were known for their love for animals.

This should be a wonderful night of exceptional food and remembrance. Not too be missed, especially for those who still remember a great restaurant and its indelible mark on the culinary world. The menu is below.   

"I spoke with Doris Banchet yesterday and she was very much in favor of the idea and is behind our efforts in making the evening a great success and celebration of the wonderful memory that she and Jean created," says Chef Lachowicz.


Restaurant Michael 

Celebrates the Glory Years of Le Fran�ais!


Thursday April 3, 2014

6:30 PM  


Silver passed:

Prince Edward Island Mussels in Sweet Curry Gratinee; Tuna Tartare Cannelloni

& Braised Beef Short Rib with Truffles in Barquette

NV Drappier, Carte Blanche Brut, Reims, Champagne



Prepared by Guest Chef Patrick Chabert

Pithivier of Foie Gras & Duck, Sauce Perigord

2005 Ch�teau Cantegril, Sauternes, Bordeaux



Prepared by Guest Chef Roland Liccioni

Poached Maine Lobster Salad in the Style of Chef Jean Banchet

2011 Montagny, Montcuchots 1er cru, Domaine Berthenet, Bourgogne



Prepared by Chef Michael Lachowicz & Team

Truffle Stuffed Saddle of Veal in the Style of Chef Jean Banchet

2010 Crozes-Hermitage, Domaine Michelas-St. Jemms, Vall�e du Rh�ne



Prepared by Chef Michael Lachowicz & Team

Duo of Petite Navarin & Roasted Rack of Lamb, Baby Turnips, Pommes Anna,

Rosemary Infused Oil

2009 Ch�teau Dutruch Grand Poujeaux, Moulis en M�doc, Bordeaux



A selection of French cheese



Chocolate Dacquoise "Le Fran�ais"



Chocolate truffles, petite cookies & cafe


Restaurant Michael
64 Green Bay Rd
Winnetka, Illinois 60093