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Feasting on goose in Rive Gauche

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What a wonderful aroma! Once again it’s that time of year when the ever so tasty roast goose graces our dining tables! But do you happen to know where the origins of roast goose come from and what lies behind this culinary custom?


Its origins date back to the Middle Ages when it was eaten to honour the archangel Michael. Later on, the custom was observed around the season of Advent: a festive meal of goose was served prior to the Advent celebrations on 11th November and again at the end on Christmas Eve. According to a tradition that dates back to 1588, goose was declared a festive dish by Queen Elizabeth I of England as she was eating goose during the Christmas period when news arrived of an English victory against Spain. Jubilant at the news, it is said that she proclaimed goose to be the Christmas roast.


Whether this myth is true or false there is one thing you can be sure of: the crispy goose is a tradition that is alive and well today. And to ensure that you are able to experience St. Martin’s Day on 11 November and the festive season at home in comfortable fashion, I have the perfect recommendation for you: savour from 11th November to 26th December 2014, with little preparation and stress, a first-class, traditional goose at home. Because during this time we will be delivering goose, ready to serve and including side dishes, to your door. What could be better!


If you, however, prefer to go out to eat your Christmas goose, then you really must call by during the Christmas period to our Rive Gauche restaurant. Here, from 10th November to 26th December 2014, every Sunday and at Christmas, you can enjoy our classic roast goose. This culinary delight is one you really should not miss.

I look forward to welcoming you in person and wish you a Merry Christmas and an enjoyable festive season!

Your host

Josephine Geiger

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