Friday 5 June 2009

Long lunch travels through France

Eat, drink and be merry and travel through France while you’re at it. That’s the objective of a delightful long lunch at award winning Reserve Restaurant Cellar near Maleny in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.
The lunches will be held regularly and hosted by Mimie Pichenot a French language teacher from Burgundy who now calls Maleny home. This is not a cooking school but the perfect opportunity for guests to enjoy a taste of France and to just sit back and fast-track their understanding of French food, wine, culture and language.
“The lunch format provides the opportunity to demonstrate conversational French while matching traditional French cuisine with French wine and to ask any questions about travelling within France,” Mimie says.
“It’s a culinary journey that takes in some of the secrets that I have discovered during my own personal experiences living in France. Our guests really do have a unique opportunity to learn more about the food and wine along with my recommendations of places to must-see that you won’t find in the travel guide books.”
This ‘Tour de France’ includes explanations from the chef about dishes from Burgundy, Beaujolais, Provence and Bordeaux. Mimie explains the history, culture and traditions of these regions from a local perspective.
The lunches are very flexible and can be tailored to different levels of French language skills or to focus on a French region of particular interest. Group bookings are welcome. Cost from $85pp all inclusive. To register your interest phone Reserve on (07) 5435 2288.
The restaurant has been awarded a coveted star rating in the 2008 and 2009 Courier Mail Food and Wine Guide and has also earned a listing in the prestigious Gourmet Traveller Australian Restaurant Guide 2009. Located at 840 Landsborough-Maleny Road, Maleny, and open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.
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