Bon appétit – It’s true what they say about the French, they truly do “live to eat” rather than “eat to live”!
There is nothing better than experiencing the food of a different culture. The French Tourism Board is organising a food festival that will celebrate food from the country of love. While it is being celebrated across 150 countries in the world, the festival is being celebrated in India at 65 Star Hotels across 13 cities. Kolkata is Participating with 9 such hotels to serve a bit of France on their palette. On Tuesday, 21st March 2017, They will be celebrating the third annual edition of the great global event, “Goût de France / Good France”: 2000 chefs across 5 continents will dish up, at the same time, a menu featuring gourmet French cuisine (aperitif and canapés, entrée, main course(s), cheese platter, dessert, and French wines and champagnes), making this a must-attend international culinary event at the City of Joy.
As an curtain raiser to this event, the Consulate General of France in Calcutta organized a tasting and a press conference yesterday in the Consulate Garden with the nine participating restaurants in Calcutta.
• The Park
• The Gateway Hotel
• Swissotel Kolkata
• Taj Bengal Hotel
• Hyatt Regency
• The Lalit Great Eastern
• The Oberoi Grand
• ITC Hotel
These hotels would serve an wide range French menu themselves. The per head cost of this exclusive meal may cost your pocket anywhere between Rs 1800 to 4500.
The aim of the festival is to increase people’s awareness of what is going on in the food world of France. Nowhere is this more apparent than in their celebration of food and wine which appears to be never ending with a multitude of events throughout the world. Events to celebrate gastronomy vary from the weird and wonderful to the highly sophisticated where everyone is welcome to taste, eat, join in the fun and celebrate French gastronomic treasures.
Its time to choose your restaurant to enjoy this unique opportunity to savor and share, during a dinner, the taste of France in Kolkata and other cities in India.
The Dishes We Had :
Tarte Aux Pommes – Here’s an exotic apple tart that looks like a million bucks and is flavoured with frangipane.
Quiche Vegetarienne – This delicious vegetarian quiche is prepared without paste and is also gluten free
Smoked Burata Salad – Smoked Burata, Water Chestnuts, Rocket Leaf, Red wine poached pear balls, Chilly caramel walnuts sun dried tomatoes in Orange Vinaigrette.
Caramel Custurd – Stone bowl cooked cointreu Caramel Custurd.
Salmon Confit – Salmon Confit with braised leek
Dessert Library – Opera , Peach Parafait, Violet Patssiere, Cherry Clafouti
The Oberoi Grand
French Goat Cheese (Appetiser) (Veg)
Roasted Pumpkin & Rosemary (Soup) (Veg)
Maple & Grain Mustard glazed Roast Chicken (Main Course) (Non – Veg)
Potato Crusted Bay of Bengal Bekti (Main Course) (Non – Veg)
Camembert & Fig jam (Cheese)(Veg)
French Vanilla bean Creme Brulee (Dessert)
Warm Soft Center Chcolate Pudding (Dessert)
The Gateway Hotel
Quiche Lorraine – An open Tart filled with a mixture of beaten eggs, fresh cream and bacon, served hot as a first course.
Clafoutis – A dessert consisting of Black Cherries arranged in a butter dish and covered with fairly thick pan cake batter, served hot.
Twice cooked chicken liver pate
Chocolate ‘spearmint’ mousse
Salmon smoked & Avocado Verrine
Grenoville a’ Saumon and Salmon smoked & Avocado Verrine
Heirloom beets and goat cheese terrine – crunchy granny smith & celery strips, mandarin compote, glazed walnuts
Manjari chocolate parfait – cochin vanilla glaze, kumquat, berry reduction
The Lalit Great Eastern
Foie de poulet champignons et Sauternes gelee – Spiced chicken liver, pickled mushrooms and Sauternes jelly
Mille feulles au Chocolat a la noisette Streusel – Hazelnut chocolate streusel mille feuille with cremeaux
Save the Date and mark your restaurant for your family and friends for this big gastronomic event “Goût de France / Good France” in India (and the whole world) on Tuesday, 21st March 2017.
Special thanks to:
○ Mr Damien Syed , Consul General of France in Kolkata
○ Rajdeep Bhattacharjee (Gourmets Travel Guide) – For inviting us
○ I am a Proud Member of Panch Phoron #panchphoron
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