A Taste of Europe Close to Home
By Kayli Corbin
Photos Kimberlee Miller
Michele and Franck Bacquet’s love story is one the will truly capture your heart as much as their fine dining experience will capture your taste buds. Michele explains that her and Franck were introduced by something like a blind date. She was learning to butcher lamb and some match making friends decided to invite Franck over in hopes of a spark. It worked! Six weeks later the two were engaged to be married. Five months to the day after their spontaneous introduction they stood before their friends and family as la femme and le marié (bride and groom).
The ambiance of this restaurant can truly transport you to a different place. Nestled in the heart of Eagle, you feel whisked away to a quaint and welcoming restaurant tucked away from a busy Paris street. An operational garden graces the front patio and all the décor was precisely placed as an extension of the style found in their own lives. Michele explains, “It’s not really an idea, it’s just who we are. A lot of the furniture and decor is from our own home. The tree in the middle is from our yard. Everything we have is repurposed, recycled, hand-me-downs, etc. Franck even built the bar.” The atmosphere is one not easily forgotten and is matched by the excellent service.
This relaxed style of service isn’t found in many places state side. There is no pressure here. There will not be a single plate removed from the table until everyone has finished the course and the check will not be brought until requested, which is something very European. Michele shares, “That service style isn’t found in very many places… we want people to be relaxed. When you come in, the table is yours all night. We never make people feel rushed, ever.”
Michelle’s background is in accounting and as a corporate controller. Franck, originally from North France, has been in the United States for the last 15 years. He began his culinary experience at 14 years old and has shared his expertise at several restaurants. Franck ran a French bistro/wine shop which was also called Bacquet’s. And spent some time as the premier chef at Le Coq d’or at Chateau des Fleurs in Eagle and at Le Coq Rouge.
This wealth of experience in culinary craft brought Franck to the creation of Bacquet’s Restaurant. With a rotating menu (changing every 5 to 6 weeks) you can continue to explore new facets of delight that French and other European cuisine has to offer. A current house favorite is the Pork Gorgonzola. Treat yourself to sautéed pork medallion with port wine and blue cheese from Italy. The plate is graced with caramelized pear, fingerling potatoes, and roasted vegetables. Or try the mouthwatering Seafood Pasta—shrimp, scallops, clams, and mussels, all prepared and served in a white wine tomato base with orzo pasta and parmesan.
Now that we’ve got your mouth watering, stop by Bacquet’s Restaurant for a dining experience unlike any other. Although reservations are not required, they are recommended to ensure the staff can provide the experience Michele and Franck expect. If you come for the food, you may just stay for the company. Franck, Michele, or both will stop by the table to add a personalized experience that is sure to leave you in awe.
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1117 E. Winding Creek Drive #150