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  • Loire Valley Celebrates Quincy Appellation’s 80th Anniversary of the

    France’s largest white wine producing region, The Loire Valley, celebrates the 80th anniversary of the Quincy appellation with special wine tasting opportunities at US restaurants.  In August of 1936 Quincy was the first Loire Valley appellation to receive an AOC (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée)status – Controll...

  • Direct from the Heart of France to Ventura, California

      71 Palm overlooking the ocean     The expert, loving care given 71 Palm Restaurant in Ventura is obvious from the thick herb garden (yes, they use the herbs for cooking) fronting the gloriously restored 1910 Craftsman.  At the top of the stairs is a congenial gentleman effortlessly welcoming guests with a h...

  • (Savory) Domestic Truffles Join European Beauty Contest

    It’s truffle season, not the candy modeled after the irregular, warty-shaped little gem but the original with it’s very own unique flavor, aroma and story, now served in local restaurants. Natural truffles are black, brown, white or gray. They vary from the size of a walnut to a man’s fist. Bulbs grow from 3 to [&helli...

  • Macaron and Canale: French Pastry Goes Mainstream

    Heavenly French macarons and rich hot dark chocolate have become the newest form of “cookies and milk” –and more healthy and non-fattening! We’re talking here about the French macaron, not the candy-kiss-shaped coconut meringue cookies, though are made of egg whites and almond paste and got their biggest bo...

  • New Holiday Fromagerie Guilloteau Cheese and Dishes

    France’s finest specialty cheese producers, Fromagerie Guilloteau introduce a new, Fromager d’Affinois Campagnier, in time for the holidays. The  makers of Fromager d’Affinois with Truffle and Saint Géric are renowned for their family of creamy, ultra-rich and delicious cheeses.  Made with real Black Truffles...

  • Champagne Jacquart Celebrates a Half Century Anniversary – Everyday

    Floriane Eznack is the perfect oenologist for the Champagne Jacquart House, arrived in Champagne with the passion to “create wines, not sell them or grow grapes.” Floriane represents the bold company, with a history considerered almost brazen by most standards.  The daughter of a diplomat, this young lady’s childho...

  • Sofitel Wine Days at the Sofitel Los Angeles

    Sofitel Wine Days at the Sofitel Los Angeles are currently in progress while it is wine harvesting season in France, with special events running through the month of October.  Featured is a wine pairing dinner at Esterel and sampling flights of wine at the bar in the Riviera 31 lounge bar, with platters of French cheese and...

  • “Citizen” Chef Josette LeBlond Celebrates New Cooking LA School

    (Gerry Furth-Sides – Los Angeles)Let me introduce you to beautiful dynamo, French-born Chef Josette LeBlond, owner-founder of Normandie Bakery and Bistro. A whirlwind of energy, Josie fits the description of   “the Betsy Johnson of the Food World” – effortlessly creative beyond belief as a teen-ager and not sl...

  • “STEAK (R)EVOLUTION” Film Leaves Out America’s Finest

    (Gerry Furth-Sides) Acclaimed French director-producer Franck Ribiere, who turns out to also be a dedicated carnivore,  takes us on an international search for the best and healthiest steak in the world in the documentary STEAK (R)EVOLUTION.  It plays exclusively for a one-week engagement at Landmark’s Nuart Theatre, startin...

  • French Cuisine and Hospitality Shine at Historic Le Vallauris

    (Gerry Furth-Sides) Whether overseeing their Le Vallauris and Le St. Germain restaurants in Palm Springs, or catering a party of 50 in a landmark home straight up the mountain behind them (as they are here), the Belgian-American Bruggemans family and crews always makes it look and feel easy. Valuable lessons that became second ...

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