French Comfort Food
Bouchon is the quintessential French bistro, recalling the farming community outside of Lyon where Chef Michel Baudouin was raised. Local ingredients come straight from the farm to create your favorite traditional dishes with North Carolina flavors. Try our Boeuf Bourguignon or Le Canard a l’Orange Chocolate with a sweet and sour orange glaze and cacao nibs. Romantic, intimate and charming, with an impressive list of hand-selected French wines, Bouchon is the perfect place to dine.
French Comfort Food for Everyone. Pair our unique fresh local ingredients and imported French wines. Or relax with a cocktail and enjoy the ambiance!
Start your evening with classic escargots in garlic butter under puff pastry or our new Charcuterie Board, featuring both local and imported meats and cheeses
Our values are sustainable. Asheville is America’s first Green Dining Destination™ and Bouchon is a Certified Green Restaurant®. We recycle glass, plastic, metal and cardboard and compost all raw vegetable material. Michel is a founding member of the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association. With over 120 members, AIR restaurants are locally owned and active in the community. Bouchon has been given the Just Economics certification of “Living Wage Certified Employer.” We value our staff and their expertise and we all work together in our mountain community.
Our wine lists contain carefully chosen French wines. They’re palate-selected to enjoy with any meal, light or not-so-light. French wines are categorized by region rather than grape variety, so choose from our rich Bordeaux, sumptuous Burgundies, exciting Champagnes, or from our seasonal specials.
Our popular house white, rose and red are from a family owned CO-OP in the Rhone valley, where Michel is from.
Our premium Le Grand Bouchon, is bottled in the style of Chateauneuf du Pape, from blended grapes grown on lovingly tended 75-year-old vines in the Rhône Valley Michel refers to it as; “Our poor man’s Chateauneuf,” because of it’s value.
La Vie A La Ferme
Farm-to-Table has long been a way of life for the Baudouins. The farm in France where Michel grew up has been in his family for 200 years. Today, the Baudouins live on a couple of acres in Leicester along with their cat, two dogs, two small goats, several chickens and a rescued Tennessee Walking Horse named Senator Dolittle.
Our menus reflect Western North Carolina’s amazing bounty. You’ll taste fresh ingredients from our WNC neighbors at Jasperwood Farms, Mountain Foods, Paul Collins Produce, Fork Mountain Farms, and Mountain Select Natural Products when you visit our restaurants. The Kitchen even sources fresh seafood locally, from Sunburst Trout Farms in Waynesville.
Michel’s family’s farm included geese, chickens and rabbits, a vegetable garden, and two vineyards. It’s no wonder that he relishes creating menus with fresh ingredients from Appalachia.
The Baudouin family home is located in gorgeous Leicester and is full of life! Vonciel, Michel’s wife, is a native Texan who’s also a talented chef. Dinnertime at the Baudouins? Often, it’s a delicious match-up of Vonciel’s southern family recipes and great local foodstuffs.