Two Gentlemen of France, One Evening of French lifestyle
By Kathy Ward
Yes, it's winter in Seattle but picture April in Paris. Focus specifically on a charming
chateau in the countryside, a home filled with friends, laughter, finely prepared foods and good wine.
Hold that warm thought and then join us in January as we recreate the simple but elegant
homestyle cuisine of France. Two gentlemen intimately familiar with the lifestyle will play
host. Enological Society charter member, Emile Ninaud, will be guest speak, acquainting us
with some specially selected French wines. Paired with food courses by Bertrand de Boutray,
the program promises to espouse his philosophy of Bien Vivre - The Good Life.
. . . Bertrand . . . is a Cordon Bleu-trained chef. Spending childhood summers in Normandy
he believes influenced his love for the foods of rustic rural areas and the customary way it
is prepared. "I learned that cooking comes from the heart," he says . . . As for his "good
life" doctrine, Bertrand declares, "I live it every day by doing what I love - teaching the
art of French cooking."
As the pièce de résistance, Bertrand will demonstrate how to make the quintessential flambé
dish Crêpes Suzettes in a finale to the program . . .