Tuesday, April 21, 2015

French Food Camp Bubblypalooza

It’s a kind of a compulsion of mine, wanting to have a dinner party or friends over or some kind of activity going on, all the time.  It’s like an itch that never gets scratched, perpetually wanting to shop for food, cook it, eat and share it with friends…setting a marvellous scene.  Opening my home and welcome new friends, gathering old friends, connecting the dots and finding common ground and inspire each other.  I am constantly amazed at the conversations that take place each month between guests who have just met each other at French Food Camp….it’s like a classic Parisian salon, everyone learns something from me about our food, but everyone is exchanging information and has something to contribute to the conversation…about their lives and their experiences.  Often times everyone is talking in small groups in the kitchen or on the patio about something going on in their lives or their kids’ lives; always lots to talk about and share.   There is one more chance to join us for a French Food Camp this spring, and I am so excited about it I can hardly wait to type these words~

Saturday May 16th I am hosting the French Food Camp Bubbly Party.


I am calling it Bubblypalooza….a celebration of our French bubbly~


We are going to have a classic French lunch of home-made pasta dressed in French style, organic roast chickens from a local farm, salad….something like this, but who knows, it will be decided the week-of depending on what is seasonal and what I love at the markets~


There will be a large dessert spread, of course, which will certainly include a boatload of creme puffs…


But the star of the day will be Champagne…magnificent bubbles…


On this afternoon you will be able to sample 8 Champagnes I have chosen for you….my favorites, my most-favorite organic Champagne, the tried-and-trues, and we will end with a taste of Dom Perignon.  Have you ever wondered what it tastes like?  It’s not my favorite, but it’s historically important and the one by which many other Champagnes are judged. 


We will not be going trendy and high-end, no Ace of Spades, no Cristal, sorry…too rich for me!


You will sample many cuvees that you might find at Costco, high-end wine shops, or in France.  And they will all be delicious, but different.   You will come away from our tasting with opinions, which pretty much means what you like and what you like better and what you like most.  It’s hard for most people to line up eight high-end bottles to taste at the same time (of which your favorite yellow-label classic might be considered at the low end of the range), but it’s an amazing way to define what you like for Champagne.


Now, the Details:  This event is the afternoon of Saturday, May 16th 2015, from noon until whenever the last guest leaves, which was 9 or so pm last time...  We begin with our Champagne tasting and appetizers.


We will eat outside under the loggia, and the tables will be set with the ceramics of Astier de Villatte from Paris.  I can’t reveal the details of which flowers and how the table will look yet, because we are still working them out, but let me tell you it will be a magical setting…a collaboration between me and Mary Qvale. 

The chickens will be roasting while we have our degustation.  And after a little bubbly, we sit down to our sumptuous meal.


The Cost: $75 per person for the meal, and $25 per person for the Champagne tasting.  Seating is limited; you can reserve online HERE to guarantee your seat.


Thank you to the blog readers who came to the Food Camp last weekend; it was such a treat to meet you and honored that you travelled so far to join us for the afternoon.  I will be in Beaune in July and August, so this Bubblypalooza may be the last of our events until fall, but it will be a special event indeed.  I am working out the tasting lineup and decor details already!


  1. Dear Andrea I am so tempted to fly out for this event!! It sounds like the perfect event!!

    The Arts by Karena
    Artist Brad Oliphant

  2. LOVELY.........I have sent on to TWO of my SOUTHERN GIRLFRIENDS!MAYBE your write up will HOOK them into signing UP!!!

  3. Bonjour chère amie,

    Je suis persuadée que nombreux passionnés, gourmets et gourmands assisteront à ce bel évènement... Nul doute, cela va être une grande réussite !... et que les bulles éclatent !

    Gros bisous ☼

  4. Andrea, what an absolutely enchanting and darn right fun event you have planned. Yes, I have always wondered why Dom Perignon tasted like! You are the quintessential host. I need to pop you and email here soon and catch up. I know the 16th is going to be another one of your incredible soirée's.

    xx Deb

  5. I hope you received the message I sent via Instagram...sorry to miss...