The Mères of Lyon: Celebrating The Great Women Chefs of France

Inner Southeast, Portland


Pop-up space
Available for purchase
Banquet (20+ Guests)
'Mères Lyonnaises' refers to the long lineage of female Chefs, beginning in the 1700’s, who brought the gastronomic spotlight to Lyon. Their influence and impact helped define and shape classic French cooking. Tonight we celebrate their legacy with five dishes they perfected. A lovely selection of wines will be available for purchase. If you choose to BYOW, a $15/bottle corkage fee applies. We apologize, but due to the nature of pop up dinners, dietary requests cannot be accommodated.

Menu detail

Cervelle de Canut
Small Plate
Cervelle de Canut is a Lyonnaise speciality, which literally translates to ‘silk worker’s brain’. Silk workers, known as ‘canuts’, were looked down upon as lowly laborers. Cervelle de canut is made from creamy farmhouse cheese mixed with shallots, herbs and oil served with toasted bread, cucumbers, radishes and more.
Vonnas Potato Crepes with Caviar
Small Plate
Mere Blanc's, grandmother of famed three-star Michelin Chef Georges Blanc, famous potato crepes served with caviar, smoked salmon and creme fraiche.
Cockle and Mussel Soup
Small Plate
A speciality of Mere Poulard, who lived in the idyllic city of Mont St. Michel; made with Salt Spring mussels and hand dug clams from Portland's very own Linda Brand Crab.
Beef Bourguignon
Mere Brazier's humble beef dish of beef simmered with pearl onions, lardons and mushrooms. Read the incredible edible history and more at
Almond Pithivier
Mere Filloux's recipe for Pithivier made with frangipane.

The Mères of Lyon: Celebrating The Great Women Chefs of France

Portland, Oregon

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