Ariane Daguin

Founder & Owner, D'Artagnan

New York

Ariane Daguin was all but destined for a culinary career. She was raised in her family's Hôtel de France in Gascony. Her father, Andre Daguin, was known throughout France for making impeccable Gascon cuisine, and especially for his innovations with foie gras. Daguin attended college in New York City and in 1985 launched D'Artagnan, a purveyor of game and foie gras (the only one in America at that time). Now D'Artagnan is a leading seller of smoked delicacies, sausages, organic poultry, wild mushrooms and more high-end farm-to-table foods. Daguin authored two books, including D'Artagnan's Glorious Game, is a frequent guest on culinary TV programs and food festivals, and often gives seminars for those who want to learn more about fine ingredients and Southwest French cooking.

  • On October 19, 2012
    Ariane Daguin answered the question: Ariane Daguin

    Which five New York City restaurants are best for brunch?

    I don’t have a one place, but the latest one where I’ve been is David Burke Kitchen at The James Hotel. That was tremendous.
  • On October 19, 2012
    Ariane Daguin answered the question: Ariane Daguin

    Where does Ariane Daguin go to brunch in New York?

    I don’t have a one place, but the latest one where I’ve been is David Burke Kitchen at The James Hotel. That was tremendous.
  • On October 19, 2012
    Ariane Daguin answered the question: Ariane Daguin

    What are the best things to see and do in New York City?

    1. MoMA [The Museum of Modern Art].

    2. The High Line. 

    3. Visit the latest boutique hotel because they’re all trying to outdo the last one. There is no point in going back to the last one, but there is a point in visiting the new one because they all try to outdo each other.

    4. When I’m really craving fish I go to Le Bernardin.

    5. Maybe when I’m craving homey, French, friendship, good cocktails, and soul food I go to Daniel. But that’s because Eric [Ripert] is a friend, Daniel [Boulud] is a friend. We started together, so there is a friendship there.
  • On October 19, 2012
    Ariane Daguin answered the question: Ariane Daguin

    What does Ariane Daguin think are the five best things to do in New York?

    Number one is the MoMA [The Museum of Modern Art]. Number two is the High Line. Number three, is visiting the latest boutique hotel because they’re all trying to outdo the last one. There is no point in going back to the last one, but there is a point in visiting the new one because they all try to outdo each other. And then, when I’m really craving fish I go to Le Bernardin. And maybe when I’m craving homey, French, friendship, good cocktails, and soul food I go to Daniel. But that’s because Eric [Ripert] is a friend, Daniel [Boulud] is a friend. We started together, so there is a friendship there.
  • On June 29, 2012
    Ariane Daguin answered the question: Ariane Daguin

    What are Ariane Daguin's favorite cities?

    Paris because, and I might be prejudiced, but I find a lot of things in Paris. I really love Buenos Aires — I thought it was tremendous when I visited. I really liked Istanbul and I think it’s because of the exotic factor. Buenos Aires is in a lot of ways gastronomically and culturally interesting, but doesn’t put you in as exotic a situation as Istanbul. And some of Istanbul is really separating, because one side of the Bosphorus you have the European kind of style and then you cross the river and you’re in Asia. Those three cities are my favorites.
  • On June 29, 2012
    Ariane Daguin answered the question: Ariane Daguin

    What are Ariane Daguin's favorite cities?

    Paris because, and I might be prejudiced, but I find a lot of things in Paris. I really love Buenos Aires — I thought it was tremendous when I visited. I really liked Istanbul and I think it’s because of the exotic factor. Buenos Aires is in a lot of ways gastronomically and culturally interesting, but doesn’t put you in as exotic a situation as Istanbul. And some of Istanbul is really separating, because one side of the Bosphorus you have the European kind of style and then you cross the river and you’re in Asia. Those three cities are my favorites.