Posted on: May 9, 2008

On Sunday May 4th, the d’Artagnan‘s Fourth Annual Duckathlon was sans quack, educational and a lot of fun. The event took place at the Chelsea Market and around the Meatpacking District. The yearly happening is a culinary competition where city top chefs present their best team to compete a series of 20 challenges that goes from crêpes flipping contest to spices, wines, flours testing via saucisson thin slicing with thick mittens and the most educational of all: the testicle identification challenge. The station was hosted by Scott Gold author of the “Shameless Carnivore”. I haven’t read his book yet but I will. Talking to Scott was a lot of fun and he sure knew a lot about testicles, I gathered that he attends yearly testicle festival.

The winner of the overall contest was team Cercle Rouge lead by their executive chef Pierre Landet.
Their performance was strong and their costumes elegant, thought the Cornell Super Duck took the trophy for best costume.

Above is Ariane Daguin, owner of d’Artagnan and as always attentive to every details. Here, she is adjusting the beret of Anne-Marie Lagrave who came all the way from Gascony with her husband Jean-Luc Lagrave. They are the owner of the sportswear brand Adishatz . Do check out their party pants, or as there are called in gascon: festaire pants. What makes the pants so special? Let me just cut & paste the pants features according to the company’s website:

“Condom pocket -and not produced from Condom in Gascony : If you find your love !
Key Holder : better to keep than loosing them !
Anti-burglar pocket to avoid too loss of your ID and Credit Card.You will not be able to say : sorry, he stole me my credit card so i can not offer you a drink.
Money wallet with easy-off system cord. Be carefull, it can be dangerous to use !
Bandana or red stole approved « 100 % Festaire ». You get the gascon Dress code ! ADISHATZ ® created it for you !
Let’s go, it’s time for party !
*Festaire means in the occitan language ( gascon ) a person who loves having fun and practising many traditional parties in Gascony.

Practicality & elegance; a good way of describing the people of Gascony!

Music is another must to accompany Gascon flavored events & on the right we get to see videographer/producer Joseph Mastantuono in shooting action.

Great fun we had and more photo of the event are available here.

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