A Taste of France at Bistro 112 in Shepherdstown, WV

Sometimes owning a bed and breakfast in a small town like Shepherdstown pays off.  Working with Deb Tucker (known as ‘Tucker’ which distinguishes her from the numerous other Debs in town) this week resulted in Jim and I wangling two last-minute seats at her latest ‘Taste of France’ dinner at Bistro 112.  Tucker has been holding these on the first Thursday of every month in the upstairs salon, starting at 7:00 with a communal long table and expert wine pairings from Greg Joyce at Country Vintner.

Each dinner is themed to a region and September’s featured classic dishes from well-known restaurants in Paris.  Chef Kelly explained the dishes to us prior to the start of dinner, and Greg talked through the wine pairings as each course was served.  Conversation flowed along with the wine, both getting more interesting as the evening moved along.  We really loved the dinner, trying some classic foods out for the first time and enjoying wines we might not otherwise have tried.
The dishes are pictured from start to finish at the left and right – let me give you the menu descriptions and wine pairings so you can match them. 

First course, from Les Deux Magot: Tartare de Thon au Balilic Thai (tuna tartare with Thai basil) paired with a 2011 Patient Cottat Sancerre Vielles Vignes
Second course, from Les Rillettes: Authentique Quenelle de Volaille, Sauce Poulette au Vin (poultry quenelle and ‘poulette sauce’ cooked with wine) paired with a 2011Chateau de Lavernette Beaujolais Villages
Third course, from Le Relais de l’Entrecote: L’entrecote et sa fameuse sauce avec pommes frites (steak au poivre with french fries), paired with a 2010 Domaines Lapalu Chateau Patache d’Aux (Medoc).
Fourth course, from Bistrotters: La Tarte Fine aux Legumes du Moment (tart with fresh vegetable of the moment), paired with a Charles Bove Sparkling Chenin Blanc
Fifth course, from Cafe de Paris:  Crepes Suzette (crepes served with essence of orange & flambe) paired with a 2010 La Fleur d’Or Sauternes

 The food was delicious and the wines matched perfectly with the dishes – Greg said that he had several practice runs to make sure they were all a fit.  There’s a job I would like! I had only ever heard about quenelles on Top Chef, so I was excited to try them for the first time, and it was my first experience with Crepes Suzette.  The Steak au Poivre was sauced with a divine reduction of peppers, mustard, shallots and pan juices – I kept dipping my pommes frites in it!
You really must try this dinner soon – the next will featured dishes from Indochine and will be on Thursday, October 3.  The value is fabulous – $65 per person which includes the wine pairings.  Stay at the Inn for Thursday night and we’ll offer you a special package price – just call us or check our website for details. You can walk back to your room after dinner (trust me, a good idea) and have someone else cook breakfast for you in the morning! Sorry, no wine pairings…:-)

Jeanne & Jim at the
Thomas Shepherd Inn B&B in Shepherdstown, WV

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