February 2004 Archives
Félicitations to Michel and Maryse Trama, the inventive chef and talented designer whose celebrated restaurant, l'Aubergade, has just been promoted to three stars in the new Michelin guide. They're located in Puymirol, a tiny hilltop bastide, midway between Bordeaux and Toulouse.
Cornichon & guests have visited l'Aubergade several times over the past two or three years, and we can attest to this master's skill, vision, and sheer culinary brilliance. Our most recent trip was with the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, when we ate our way across southwestern France in a frenzy of champagne, foie gras, truffles.
Cornichon goes looking for wine bars and appetizers ... and can't find what he's looking for in Seattle. So it's off to Portland. Read the whole story as a PDF.
You know Mario Batali, right ? Molto Mario ? Well, he got his love of food from his dad, Armandino, right here in Seattle. And now that Armandino has retired from Boeing and has all the time in the world [just kidding], what better task than a deli, Salumi, a real Italian salumeria. Right in Seattle's Pioneer Square.
More pictures in this album.
Seattle is now officially the newest branch of the International Wine & Food Society!
The inaugural dinner was held at The Rainier Club over the last week in January; click here for a peek at all the photos.
The impetus for the event came from Sherry Knott, a member of the IWFS's Board of Governors for the Americas, who remitted the organization's provisional charter to Michael de Maar, whom she'd enlisted to serve as branch president.
In turn, Michael had volunteered The Rainier Club as the venue, and program chair Jan Stimach had worked out the menu with the club's energetic and creative executive chef, Bill Morris.
A terrific trip to Bordeaux, visiting some of the leading estates, including Chateau Margaux, Chateau Haut Brion and Chateau Yquem.
Click here for more photos from Bordeaux trip led by Cornichon on behalf of The Rainier Club.
Now let's switch gears ... to a weekend reunion with the Dears and the Morgensterns. This non-stop, two-day eating & drinking binge on the Dear's 800-acre ranch in Edwards, Mississippi, had a bit of everything ... and a lot of excellent wine.
The Mediterranean comes to Seattle's Pioneer Square. Lunch at the new Bandol restaurant includes a delicious croque monsieur. The frites are particularly yummy.
Win this sterling silver wine collar!
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No Whining, Yelping or Zagging on this new blog: The Short List: Seattle
Congratulations to Trama!
In Search of a Better Glass and a Smaller Plate
Batali in Seattle
IWFS Inaugural Dinner
Links to Albums
Lunch at Bandol
The International Kitchen
Cooking school vacations in Italy, France & Spain.
Foodista.com, the new food directory and recipe wiki, just launched!
The International Vineyard, a new way to learn about wine in France, Italy and Spain: three-night programs for wine lovers in less-traveled regions.
The International Kitchen, the leading source for culinary vacations in France and Italy.
French Word-A-Day, fascinating lessons about language and daily life in Provence
Belltown Messenger, chronicle of a Seattle neighborhood's denizens, derelicts, clubs, bars & eateries. Restaurant reviews by Cornichon.
Small Screen Network, where food & drink celebrities like Robert Hess have recorded terrific videos.
The oldest and most comprehensive blog about Paris, BonjourParis, produced by a stellar team of writers and editors (including occasional contributions from Cornichon).
Maribeth Celemente's blog, Bonjour Telluride, with regular updates to her shopping guides, The Riches of France and The Riches of Paris.
French Chef Sally is my friend Sally McArthur, who hosts luxurious, week-long cooking classes at the Chateau du Riveau in the Loire Valley.
Local Wine Events.com, the worlds leading Food and Wine tasting calendar. Spirits and Beer events as well. Post your own event or sign up to be notified when new events are po sted to your own area.
VinoLover, Seattle wine promoter David LeClaire's bulletin board of tastings, dinners and special events.
Wine Educator Dieter Schafer maintains a full schedule of Seattle-area tastings and seminars for amateur wine drinkers and professional alike.
Nat Decants, a free wine e-newsletter from Natalie MacLean, recently named the World's Best Drink Writer at the World Food Media Awards in Australia. Wine picks, articles and humor; no ads.
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