Yesterday I had the delight of attending French Food Camp. The theme was Romance In France…perfect with Valentine’s Day right around the corner.
Our hostess extraordinaire was Elizabeth, the Contessa who writes Vintage Hen House. Our fabulous chef and teacher was Andrea, The French Basketeer. who offers these amazing cooking classes at her home in Laguna Beach as well as Beaune, France.
The table was set to perfection. A confection of pink, rose and white. Flowers, crystal and delicate china everywhere.
Silver and gold, gilt and patina. Perfectly, delightfully design to thrill. And it did.
We began with Pink Grapefruit and Pink Champagne cocktails. The glass rims had been romantically dipped in sugar.
We gathered around Countess’ stove, the true heart of this amazing home, sipping our Pink Champagne and listened as Andrea shared her wealth of knowledge with us.
I’ve never attending a cooking lesson, quite like this. Elizabeth had ensured that our senses were delighted and Andrea provided the exquisite tastes!
We began with a “Through the Door Bite” of Scallops, served in scallop shells. Sautéed and drizzled with Andrea’s special Passion Fruit & Blood Orange reduction sauce.
Then we sat at the magnificent table and began our meal. The lesson continued all through lunch.
Andrea explained the special details of these dishes, that made the difference between food and perfect food. It was all so delicious.
The meal progressed from one delight to the next. It was an intimate gathering of new friends, delicious food and eye candy to delight all of our senses.
If you every have the opportunity to attend one of Andrea’s French Food Camps, be sure you do!!
The graciousness of both our chef and hostess made the entire experience a memorable delight, not soon forgotten.
Our magical day ended with sparkling beauty. This White Cake with Rose essence was exceptional!
I can’t thank Andrea and Elizabeth enough for such a memorable experience. They both made everything appear effortless!