In 2010, the gastronomic meal of the French was inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
The gastronomic meal of the French is a customary social practice for celebrating important moments in the lives of individuals and groups. It is a festive meal bringing people together for an occasion to enjoy the art of good eating and drinking. This gastronomic meal emphasizes the pleasure of taste and the balance between human beings and the products of nature. And should respect a fixed structure, starting with an apéritif and ending with liqueurs, containing in between at least four successive courses, namely a starter, fish and/or meat with vegetables, cheese and dessert.