I had such a good time at Le Taste of France on Saturday that I ended up going back on Sunday. It was held at Pier 54 (off 13th Street). It was unlike most of these events. Tickets cost $30, but entry did not grant you carte blanche to eat and drink until you filled your gourd. This resulted in a lovely crowd, less lines to the food, and an incredibly pleasant time. Well done, I’ll make sure to go back next time this event is held. Besides, proceeds went to Action Against Hunger, a great organization.
The weather was on and off, but made the event way more fun. At some point, we all ended up taking shelter from the rain in the tents where the chefs were cooking and wines were being poured. This meant a little one on one time with amazing chefs from both Maitre Cuisiniers de France and the Academie Culinaire de France. Here are some pics from the event.
Heaven on a plate: Farciment which is a potato, spice and prune pie wrapped in BACON!
Chef Raymond Ost of Sandrine’s and Chef Olivier Desaintmartin of Zinc.
Savon de Marseille.
Chef Laurent Manrique of Millesime.
Master Chocolatier Eric Girerd (L’Atelier du Chocolat) and Ariane Daguin Owner of D’Artagnan.
The Chocolates from L’Atelier du Chocolat.
Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Laurent Fabius.
Gorgeous Cotes du Rhone.
Millesime Chefs Laurent Manrique and Alan Ashkinaze.
Master Chocolatier Eric Girerd and Master Cuisinier Claude Godard (eating D’Artagnan’s truffle butter sandwiches).
Everyone hiding from the rain and “forced” to socialize 🙂
Some delicious French sausage.