Book clubs are more than shared reading experience, they are also a friend – sharing experience. My friend Linda, entertained thematically aligned to my Book Club’s latest read “The Dressmaker’s Gift”. Based in Paris, the book flips between WW II years and the present.
Linda artistically presented a red blend wine from the burgundy region of France and individual charcuterie boards. The charcuterie board included typical items in a French picnic – three colors of grapes, miniature brie and assorted cheese cubes, smoked sausage, a croissant, toasted walnuts and a pimiento cheese stick. Disposable pie tins, turned onto each other formed the vessel and then she tied it all up in bow!
Desert included a French macaroon with champagne filling, a coconut macaroon dipped in dark chocolate, and praline pecans. A Brut blend champagne from France – “soft on the palette with a crisp finish” topped off the taste sensation.
A Little French-Texas History:
Probably the most famous and the first to establish a colony was Robert Cavelier de La Salle. Establishing a Fort near Arenosa Creek and Matagorda Bay (near where his famous ship sunk) France was given a claim to Texas in 1685. The French flag flew over Texas until 1690.
Speed up to 1843, and Henri Castro brought more than 2000 immigrants to Texas establishing Castroville, Quihi, Vandenburg, and D’Hanis.