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Chef Georges Perrier is Cooking Up Bouillabaisse at Baril

A Philly culinary hero returns to the kitchen

Baril’s bouillabaisse

France by way of Philadelphia chef Georges Perrier — owner of the now-closed, always-renowned Le Bec-Fin — is set to get back in the kitchen at Rittenhouse Square’s Baril, at least on a limited basis. Perrier mentored Baril’s Michael Franco, hence the pairing.

Perrier will be part of the French restaurant’s First Fridays dining series, joining Baril chef Ken Wallace. The duo will be putting together a traditional Provençal (southern French) bouillabaisse. The fishy soup will be served family style featuring mussels, red snapper, clams, shrimp, saffron broth, and potatoes, alongside the spicy garlic garnish rouille, and grilled baguette.

As the name would suggest, First Fridays take place on the first Friday of each month, with the first Bouillabaisse Bash happening next week, March 3, and reservations are accepted. It’s $25 (plus tax and tip) — not a bad deal to partake in a meal from Philly culinary royalty. Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society will also be there performing live music, so consider yourself warned if you’re averse to jazz or music in general.


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