Dame of game Ariane Daguin is celebrating the 30th anniversary of her company, D’Artagnan, with a five-course dinner at The Hamilton in Washington, DC, tonight. Here, Daguin chats with sister magazine Fortune about America’s misconception on foie gras and why farm-to-table is not a trend. For more inspiring stories, follow #FOODWINEWOMEN on Twitter.
It's shaping up to be a great year for Ariane Daguin.
In the first week of 2015, California overturned its restaurant ban on foie gras. Daguin, a French chef who came to the United States to study journalism, launched her company, D’Artagnan, 30 years ago as the only purveyor of game and foie gras in the US. Now, Daguin is expecting D’Artagnan, the leading supplier of organic poultry and game in the country (and the preferred vendor of famed New York chefs like Daniel and Danny Meyer), to reach $100 million in sales. If she hits that goal, she plans to fly her employees back to France, her homeland, for a whole week—all 200 of them.