What better way to explore the culture of a country than through its food and wines? The SaddleBrooke Francophiles did just that on March 12 by creating the cuisines of France, Italy and the Good Old U.S.A. Members and guests prepared and shared such mouthwatering dishes as Peasant Pasta, cheese ravioli with Bolognaise Sauce, Braciola and Biscotti from Italy, potatoes with bacon and cheese, roast pork with anchovies and spinach, sherry trifle and lemon tarts from France and homemade chili, spicy brisket, macaroni and cheese, apple pie, and chocolate cake from the U.S.A.
Our Sommelier Bob Kramer, along with his assistant Dave Gartner, educated us about the reds and whites from special regions of each country. The wine pourings were discussed and thoroughly enjoyed by all present. After our raffle of unique French items, farewells were shared and we all look forward to our next calendar event.
Singing, festive music, trivia games and a costume party are just a sampling of what will be happening at our Fete Des Printemps on April 9. The theme for this celebration is fun! Members and guests will enjoy the music of DJ Steve Phillips, compete for prizes in a French trivia contest and be encouraged to dress as historical or contemporary figures one would see strolling the streets of Paris. Prizes will be awarded for the Most Creative outfits.
Our final Diners a la Maison for the season will happen on April 21. This gathering involves members hosting a small, intimate dinner at their home and guests bring a portion of the meal to share. This is a perfect way to meet members in a smaller setting; many friendships have been forged with this type of dinner. Bob Kramer is the chairperson for this event.
For more information, contact Pat Smith at 825-2409 and check out our website, sbfrancophiles.blogspot.com. Vive la France!