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Your Place or Ours?

Francis provides a private dining experience like no other.

Whether at our intimate Surf City location or your home, Francis creates dishes just for your family and friends. Francis loves the intimacy and comfort of cooking for a small group. It’s where he can share and showcase his culinary skills and see the reward on everyone’s faces.

A private catered event is a perfect choice for that special event or life milestone (a birthday, anniversary, engagement, holiday, etc.). Or, why not treat your spouse or significant other to a culinary experience like no other?

About Francis

Francis prides himself most of all in using only the freshest and simplest ingredients grown by local and regional farmlands, as well as quality products imported from France & Italy. His cooking approach is eclectic and fanciful, integrating decades worth of diverse training.

Signature dishes include: Seared and Terrine de Foie Gras, Escargot, Dover Sole, Marinated Grilled Calamari, Grilled Breast of Duck with a Morel Mushrooms, Homemade Tagliolini Pasta, Filet Mignon of Veal with Marsala Wine Sauce & Wild Mushrooms, Kobe Beef Bourguignon and most noteworthy, his beloved Bouillabaisse.

If there is a specific dish you’d like, please tell us and we’ll do our best to make it possible.

Sample Dishes

∴ Eggs Benedict ∴ Eggs Florentine ∴ Salmon Benedict ∴ Deviled Eggs with Crab ∴ Escargot ∴ Nicoise Salad ∴ Omelet Basques ∴ Homemade Brioche ∴ Homemade Croissants ∴ Homemade Pastries

∴ Tuna or Salmon Tartare ∴ Clams Casino ∴ Escargot ∴ Seared Or Terrine de Foie Gras ∴ Italian Antipasti ∴ Assorted Canapes ∴ Traditional Bruschetta ∴ Variety of Soups: French Onion, Pasta Fagioli, Lobster Bisque, New England Clam Chowder, Italian Wedding, Chicken Orzo, Pea

∴ Rack of Lamb (Colorado) with Crusted Herbs ∴ Bouillabaisse with Monkfish,  Cod,  Mussels,  Clams,  Calamari,  Shrimp,  Potatoes & Fennel. Served with Roiuille Sauce & Toast ∴ Grilled Breast of Duck (from Hudson Valley) with Cherry Sauce ∴ Dover Sole (from Dover England/France Region) ∴ Veal Saltimbocca ∴ Marinated Grilled Octopus with Homemade Squid Ink Pasta ∴ Grilled Salmon Steaks with Dill & Bearnaise Sauce ∴ Coq au Vin

∴ Fresh Burrata over Arugula, Cherry Tomatoes & Balsamic Glaze ∴ Arugula with Slices of Pear, Shaved Pecorino Romano Cheese, Homemade Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing ∴ Baby Spinach with Citrus (Orange & Grapefruit) with Gorgonzola or Blue Cheese, add Walnuts, Cranberries, Dried Cherries, etc. with Homemade Citrus Dressing

∴ Marquis – Meringue, Strawberry or Raspberry Jam, Fresh Strawberries or Raspberries, Belgian Chocolate Ganache ∴ Belgian Chocolate Mousse Cake: Vanilla or Chocolate Cake with Belgian Chocolate Mousse Filling, Belgian Chocolate Creme, Chocolate Ganache ∴ Belgian Chocolate Teardrop: Belgian Chocolate Shaped in a Tear, filled with Belgian Chocolate Mousse, Chantilly Creme & Amaretto or Brandy Liquor Cherry ∴ Belgian Chocolate Cake with Creme Anglaise ∴ French Pastries: Cream Puffs, Eclairs & Napoleons, Fruit Tarts with Vanilla Creme ∴ Creme Brulee

I cannot say enough amazing things about Francis creating a private dining experience in our home.

Alisa Freidberg

Brant Beach, N.J.

Quick FAQs

How do I arrange private dining with Francis at my home?

1. Via phone, we can collaborate on the menu and consult on the wine pairing based on available seasonal, local ingredients and your personal preferences.

2. We arrive at your home at the designated time and begin preparations. Generally, expect 2 – 4 hours of preparation and dining, depending on the complexity of the menu and your preferences.

3. We are here to serve you, so you and your guests can sit back, relax and genuinely enjoy a world-class menu and experience!

How do I arrange private dining with Francis at your Surf City location?

Our Surf City location is perfect for intimate dining occasions. It comfortably (and safely) seats 20 guests and has all of the amenities needed.

Like home dining, we co-create the menu based on the availability of seasonal, local ingredients, and your preferences. Also, we are available to consult on wine pairings.

How much does private dining with Francis cost?

Each event is tailored to fit the customer, event and menu. We offer pricing that is fair, reasonable and work within your budget.

Costs to be considered are the number of guests, the menu/food costs, Chef Francis and additional staff (if necessary).

COVID Notice

Private dining is performed safely, with every health and CDC precaution applied.

We take every possible step to ensure the safety of our diners and employees, whether at your home or our Surf City restaurant. This includes mask and glove-wearing, routinely disinfecting and sanitizing our equipment, hand-washing, mobile payment options and social distancing.

Inquire about Private Dining & Cooking Classes

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The French Cooking Academy

Interested in learning French cooking, French baking, & French dessert classes?

Francis offers private cooking classes for individuals or groups. These personalized classes are held at your home or at our restaurant and include step-by-step instructions and recipes so you can recreate it at home. The atmosphere is casual and fun, culminating in a final dining experience for the group or individual where everyone can indulge in the final dish(es).

Francis’ cooking classes are perfect for a small group, couple or individual lessons. Contact us for more details.

Cooking with Francis is a completely one-of-a-kind experience. I learned so much and the final product was ah-mazing. So fun!

Eliza B

Ship Bottom, N.J.

When you can’t make it to France, we bring France to you!

Create delicious French dishes both savory and sweet to share with your family.
Connect with your old and new friends in this French cooking class.
Interact with a professional chef & fellow participants.
And the best part – tasting what we’ve prepared together.