Chef/Owner, Bernard Perillat has operated Le Bistro since 1991. He brings Classic French Cuisine to the Wesport waterfront every summer. In the winter, you’ll find him at Chez Henri at Sugarbush Resort in Warren, Vermont.
Bernard was born in the French Alps in the Northern part of France. At a young age he became interested in restaurants, food and cooking. He moved to Montreal in the 1960’s where he met Henri Borel. In 1970, Bernard moved to Vermont to join Henri as a partner at Chez Henri restaurant, at Sugarbush. Henri had opened Chez Henri in 1964.
In 1991 Bernard had an opportunity to branch out during the summer months. He started a small restaurant called Le Bistro du Lac (The Bistro on the Lake) on Lake Champlain in Essex, New York. After six exciting years in Essex, Bernard was offered a chance to move a little south on the lake to Westport, New York.
Enjoying his customers, food, and wonderful views of Lake Champlain, and the surrounding mountain ranges, he moved the next year to the Westport Yacht Club on the waterfront in Westport, NY. In 2011, Bernard celebrated his 20th year on Lake Champlain. Bernard, his wife Rosemary, and the staff love seeing all the wonderful guests that come to visit and enjoy fantastic meals on the lake at Le Bistro du Lac.