This year’s edition of "Good France - Goût de France" in Boston was a success!
On March 21st, 2018, 3300 Chefs around the world celebrated French Art de Vivre at the same time. At the Residence of France in Boston, four French Chefs from New England joined forces to offer one extraordinary French gastronomic experience.
From left to right, Chef Jacky Robert, Chef Etienne Jaulin, Chef Patissière Sophie Benyamina, Consul General Valéry Freland, Chef Raymond Ost and future Chef Andrew Wilson.
Chef pâtissière Sophie Benyamina from Praliné, Chef Raymond Ost, Maître cuisinier de France from Wilson Farm, Chef Jacky Robert, Maître cuisinier de France from Ma Maison restaurant and Chef Etienne Jaulin from the Residence of France in Boston worked together to honor the "Good France - Goût de France" worldwide organization.
Together with the breads from Pain d’Avignon, the Champagne from Drappier, the wines from Maison Joseph Drouhin, the Limoges from Haviland and the hand harvested salts from Louis Sel, they offered an evening to remember to the Residence’s guests.
Goût de France - Good France is an initiative from the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs to share the experience of a French dinner with friends around the world. Inspired by Auguste Escoffier, who launched the "Dîners d’Epicure" in 1912, Good France represents French art de vivre and creativity for its respect for good food, good company and the planet. This international event follows UNESCO’s decision to put the gastronomic meal of the French on the Worldwide Intangible Cultural Heritage List.
300 000 guests at restaurants, embassies, consulates, and cruise ships enjoyed a «dîner à la française» at this year’s edition of Good France. What a success!
Enjoy a few pictures of the evening at the Residence of France...
Chefs getting ready...
Arts de la table with Haviland Limoges...
Champagne Drappier was served...
Learn more about the Drappier family’s history which goes back to 1808 and its traditional wine estates in Urvilles, France:
Champagne Drappier website:
The wines served over dinner came from Maison Joseph Drouhin.
Founded in Beaune in 1880, Maison Joseph Drouhin’s cellars have spread from the historical Cellars of the Dukes of Burgundy and the Kings of France in Beaune (12th-18th centuries) to the Moulin de Vaudon, an 18th Century watermill in Chablis.
It is one of the most important domains in Burgundy, with more than two thirds of the vineyards classified as Premier and Grand Crus. With close to 90 different appellations, Joseph Drouhin offers a fascinating array of Burgundy terroirs in all their authenticity and subtle variations.
Learn more by visiting its website: https://www.drouhin.com/en/#/Maison
The Residence is waiting for its guests to arrive...
The breads came from Pain d’Avignon...
Pain d’Avignon was founded in 1992, in Cape Cod Massachusetts.
Visit Pain d’Avignon:
Karen Pevenstein presented the artisanal production of salts by Louis Sel which are hand harvested in Brittany, France:
Louis Sel providers, Gilles Morel (uncle) and Matthieu Le Chantoux (nephew), are independent paludiers (salt farmers) who run a family business in the famous Guérande salt marshes in Brittany, France.
Learn more by Visiting Louis Sel:
Consul General Valéry Freland welcomed all the guests:
Meet our four French Chefs from New England!
Pastry Chef Sophie Benyamina at Praliné in Belmont:
"The key to my culinary art is excellence and respect for traditional recipes. The result is that, with love and tenderness, I created Praliné to offer the flavors and the colors of France in macarons, confectionery and cakes, to gourmands of any age" says Chef Sophie Benyamina.
Visit Praliné at:
Chef Raymond Ost, Maître cuisinier de France at Wilson Farm in Lexington:
Award winning James Beard Nominee Raymond Ost is a French Master Chef with a career in the culinary industry spanning over 40 years, including 20 years of Executive Chef experience at five star international luxury hotels, and exposure to 3 star Michelin restaurants. He now manages a team that creates seasonally-inspired prepared foods for you to take home and enjoy.
Discover Wilson Farm:
Chef Jacky Robert, Maître cuisinier de France at his restaurant Ma Maison, in Boston:
"Normandy-born Chef Jacky Robert is continuing his family traditions in Boston. Starting out alongside his late uncle Lucien Robert, he helped make the restaurant Maison Robert into a showcase for French gastronomy, popular with Julia Child and the Kennedy family. Since 2005, the French Chef has delighted the Boston smart-set with his own restaurant Ma Maison" (quotes from France-Amérique article):
Visit Ma Maison:
Chef Etienne Jaulin at Residence of France in Boston:
Etienne Jaulin has been the personal Chef of the Residence of France in Boston for the past six years. He was trained by Le Nôtre in Paris, France and managed various food businesses across the US. Etienne Jaulin was also the owner and Chef of Etienne’s Townhouse Restaurant in Charlotte, NC for 9 years.
Learn more about Haviland Limoges:
For over 175 years, Haviland has perpetuated a unique know-how through exceptional table services. The craftsmen of Limoges constantly push the limits of porcelain, to reinvent the French Art of the Table.
Enjoy this magical 2-minute video showing up the art of porcelain making... Simply click on the image:
For more info about Haviland Limoges and the art of creating porcelain:
Visit Haviland at:
This year’s event was honoring the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region from France:
"Nouvelle-Aquitaine is the largest region of France. It stretches from the Spanish border and Pyrenees in the south, to the Loire Valley 500 km to the north, and from the Atlantic coastal sands in the west to the Massif Central in the east. Though centered on the refined city of Bordeaux, the region is predominantly rural, with sweeping agricultural vistas lying comfortably between sleepy villages and market towns. If joie de vivre really exists, you’ll find it here."
Learn more about the region thanks to the following websites:
Visit the region website:
Thank you Maison Guinguet from the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region for your delicious praline and hazelnut chocolates, "Les Muscatines"!
More info by visiting its website:
Thank you all for your support! Merci à tous!!