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Eat And Drink Like The French Do Without Having To Fly To France

Are you hankering for the full French food and wine experience, but don’t have the time (or the budget) to go on that dream trip to France? Thankfully, from July 9 to 15, 2018, you can indulge in everything French during Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila’s week-long homage to l’art culinaire Français. Called “Bienvenue Au Terroir,” this event features a culinary journey across the five gastronomic regions of France, plus a wine tour of the country’s most acclaimed wine regions.

 

French regional specialties

At Spiral, Sofitel’s flagship restaurant, French Master Chef Julien Cossé showcases specialties from the following French regions:

Mussels from Normandy

 

From Normandy, Chef Julien prepares Fish Dieppoise, Mussels à la Normande, Chicken Breast à la Normande, Apple and Camembert Salad, and Tarte Tatin. The region is well known for its apples, cheeses, and seafood.

 

Tarte flambée from Alsace

 

From Alsace and Lorraine, Spiral offers Choucroute, Salmon in Riesling Sauce, Asparagus and Zucchini Terrine, and Apple Strudel. Once part of Germany, this region is famous for the German influences in its cuisine, as well as for its dry Riesling wines.

 

Beef bourguignon from Burgundy

 

From Bourgogne and Franche-Comté, Chef Julien serves country fare like Snails Cassoulet with Chablis Wine Sauce, Terrine Forestière, and Red Wine Poached Pear. This area is one of France’s top-producing wine regions, and is equally well known for staples like smoked ham, sausages, and cheese.

 

Bouillabaisse from southern France

 

From the French Mediterranean region, Spiral boasts classics like Bouillabaisse, Daube Provençale, Pissaladière, Niçoise Salad, and Lavender Crème Brûlée, that make use of the abundant seafood, fruits, vegetables, and herbs this region is known for.

 

Chicken liver with wild mushrooms from southwest France

 

From southwest France, Spiral presents Duck Supreme and Foie Gras Skewers, Landaise Salad, and Basque Cake with Custard. Marked by Bordeaux, Aquitaine, Périgord, Gascogne, and the Basque Country, this region is known for its foie gras, duck confit, truffles, dried plums, as well as Bordeaux’s famous vintages.

To celebrate the historic Bastille Day on July 14, Spiral offers these signature French specialties and a complimentary bloody revolutionary cocktail, plus live musical entertainment and a poolside fireworks display. And on Bastille Day Weekend, diners get the chance to win prizes from Lipault and Guerlain.

 

French wines in focus

At Le Bar, wine lovers can enjoy its premium selection of French wines from Burgundy, Bordeaux, Loire, Alsace, Provence, and Rhône Valley, plus featured wine tastings on July 13 and 14 at 6:00 pm. These can be enjoyed together with Le Bar’s rich selection of French cheeses, charcuterie, wines, and pastries, from July 9 to 15.

 

Le Bar

 

For wine aficionados, Sofitel offers “The Art of Wine” wine appreciation class on the wine regions of France to be conducted by Sofitel’s French wine connoisseur Tanguy Gras. The class will be held on July 12, 2018 at 4:00 pm at the Spiral Hidden Room (P2,000 per person). Just make sure to book in advance as there are only limited slots available.

 

Sofitel Philippine Plaza, CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City, (02) 551-5555, email H6308-FB12@sofitel.com.

Le Bar photo by Pia Puno for FOOD Magazine