03/10/2015 01:50 EDT | Updated 05/10/2015 05:59 EDT

Chefs on five continents savour France by celebrating its cuisine March 19

Eighteen restaurants in Canada are taking part in a new global event called Gout de France/Good France, celebrating French cuisine.

More than 1,500 restaurants in 150 countries are offering the public an opportunity to enjoy a dining experience a la francaise on March 19.

In Canada, restaurants in Quebec City, Montreal, La Malbaie, Que., Calgary and Vancouver have signed on to participate.

Chefs are encouraged to offer a menu with a traditional French aperitif, a cold starter, a hot starter, fish or shellfish, meat or poultry, a French cheese or cheeseboard, a chocolate dessert, and French wines and digestifs, while highlighting local culture or restaurant specialties.

The event is inspired by Les Diners d'Epicure (Epicurean Diners), launched in 1912 by Auguste Escoffier. It was a one day, one menu event served in cities around the world.

For a list of participating restaurants, visit