Thursday, June 16, 2011

COMPAGNONS du BEAUJOLAIS Celebrates in New York by Philip S. Kampe

Created in 1948, the Order of the "COMPAGNONS du BEAUJOLAIS" is an esteemed French organization dedicated to promote the wines from the BEAUJOLAIS region in France. The members of the COMPAGNONS du BEAUJOLAIS are united by their love of Beaujolais wines, the most lively and unpretentious of French libations.

The Order of the "Compagnons du Beaujolais" common objective is to share their love of Beaujolais with a broad audience,in a lively fashion. Dressed in full regalia, the members of the order continue a tradition that is tremendously popular in France, namely creating food and wine events year round.

I was fortunate enough to have been Invited to a recent event at one of New York's Premier French Restaurants, LYON(118 Greenwich Ave.) by one of the Order's members, Grand Conseiller PAMELA WITTMANN.

The evening started with Two Apertifs:
paired with Home Made Pates and Lyon Dip Cheese
(Charcuterie and Cervelle de Canut)

After the APERTIF, we were seated and served Pike Quenelles in Crawfish sauce (Quenelles de Brochet Nantua) paired with DUBOEUF JULIENAS DOMAINE des CAPITANS 2009

The music started and French Chanteuse FLOANNE took the stage and performed her caberet show as we we were being served Braised Lamb Shank, Quinoa and Dry Apricots (Jarret d'Agneau, Quinoa et Abricots Secs) paired with DOMAINE PASSOT Les RAMPAUX MORGAN "DOUBY" 2009 and LOUIS JADOT CHATEAU des JACQUES MOULIN a VENT 2007.

(As a side note,if you have a chance to see FLOANNE perform you will know who the BEST French Chanteuse in America is: Visit her website to hear her recordings, buy CD's(I did) or follow her busy schedule: or

Dessert was Warm Apple Tart with Vanilla Ice Cream (Tarte aux Pommes Fine a la Mode) paired with a 2009 JOSEPH DROUHIN BROUILLY.

Evenings like this make me Happy that I am part French...

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