Monthly Archive for April, 2009

french wedding menu idea: foie gras stations

wedding Yachts de Paris

This afternoon I had a tasting on the Yachts de Paris with some clients who are getting married here next month. As you can imagine, one of the many perks of being a wedding planner in Paris is attending the tastings. This particular wedding reception will be a “cocktail dinatoire” instead of a sit-down dinner, and my clients have chosen to have several different stations (called “Animations“) set up around the boat. One of the stations that we sampled today was the Foie Gras Station, and it was absolute heaven.

The buffet was laid out with 3 different types of foie gras, (including an amazing foie gras cinq epices), several different types of breads, and about a half dozen glass bowls which held a colorful selection of spices and sauces. After you choose your foie gras and bread, the chef (whofoie gras lollipop stands behind the station) skillfully puts your selection together, then leaves it to you to create your masterpiece: a dash of fleur de sel with chopped parsley, a daub of tomato, mango and almond compote, or how about a balsamic-soaked cherry on top? And as if that wasn’t enough, the chef also creates foie gras “lollipops”- a creamy foie gras sandwiched between thin slices of beet-red “pain rustique” and served on a skewer. So delicious!

It being France (where weddings, like everything else, are ALL ABOUT THE FOOD) the tasting didn’t stop there. My clients are also having a Côte de Veau Sation, where the chef serves up tiny plates of thinly sliced, perfectly prepared veal, and guests select their accompaniment: mashed potatoes with grilled pistachios, warm almond-infused figs, or (you guessed it!) foie gras.

We also tried about a dozen of the passed appetizers. The venue did a great job of adding American touches to the French menu: mini hotdogs and mini hamburgers were served alongside things like Macaron Glacé Carotte Coriandre (chilled carrot and cilantro macarons), and it really worked.

No French wedding would be complete without the cheese course, and even though we were literally bursting at the seams, we had to partake. Which really left us no room for the dessert buffet (although I did manage to squeeze in a Brochette Pasteque à la Menthe, which looked like tiny little snow-globes but were actually made of melon with mint jello).

Three hours after we’d arrived, we rolled off the boat and down the street, desperately searching for a cab… because we were late for the cake tasting! La vie est belle…

Paris wedding dinner

Côte de Veau Station

Paris restaurant for groups

Veau with mashed potatoes, fig and foie gras

French cheese course

The cheese station (the manager assured us the presentation would

be much bigger on the Big Day!)

Paris wedding caterer

Selection of appetizers

French fruit dessert

Melon Mint Jello Snow-globe!

Swinging Springtime in Paris

Paris has been absolutely beautiful for the past weeks, and I’m walking on air. The sun is shining, the days are getting longer (whoo-hoo 9PM sunsets!) and the cafés are all a-buzz. This is the Paris that stories have been written about, songs have been sung about and dances have been danced about. I LOVE Paris in the Springtime!

DIY French Wedding Favor or Dessert

French Wedding Favor

I’m always on the look-out for French party crafts and recipes that are easy to make with simple ingredients that can be found all over the world. For instance, I found this recipe for meringue hearts in the current Prima magazine, and thought they’d make a great alternative to the traditional sugar cookie favor for a French- or Paris-themed wedding or shower. They looked so delicate, so romantic, so… Frenchy, that I just had to share.

French Meringue Hearts

2 egg whites
1 lb powdered sugar
Crystal sugar
Piping bag with a fine nozzle
Silver dragée beads
Parchment paper
Black marker

French Wedding Dessert• To make the meringue, beat the egg whites with the powdered sugar plus 2 tablespoons of water on a low speed for 10 minutes.
• Using the black marker, draw different designs of hearts on the back of the parchment paper (enlarge and print the designs to the right, if you’d like).
• Fill the pastry bag with the meringue, and using a fine tip, trace the design of the hearts onto the front of the paper.
• Decorate the hearts with the silver dragée beads, then sprinkle them generously with crystal sugar, removing any excess when you’ve finished.
• Leave the hearts to dry at least 8 hours.
• Once dry, turn the hearts over with the spatula. Trace the other side with meringue, and then decorate with the silver candies and sugar.

8 hours later, you have a beautiful, delicate treat that will add a touch of La Belle France to any celebration.