Gascony invades New York

Les Gascons Invade New York.
Week of Feb.15-22.

Chefs from Gascony, France, met their counterparts in NYC this week to pitch battle over hot stoves. Open to the public, the celebration is being sponsored by the French, who else, to toast one of their own-a 25 year old U.S.company ( D’Artagnan ) that markets French-style provisions to French restaurants here in the U.S. and to those Francophiles who savor anything French on the kitchen table.

Armagnac is the drink of choice at a bevy of 3-4-and 5 star dinners
set by the toques in the best of the best restaurants in the Big Apple. That’s 32 stars of talent in one week’s time. Wow! Bar Boulud, Bar Tabac, Daniel, David Burke, Eleven Madison Park, Jean-Georges, Le Bernardin, Le Singe Vert, Per Se are among them. And they’ll sample the wines of Gascony- Madiran, Gaillac, Gascogne, Pacherenc, Fronton, Saint-Mont, Jurancon and Cahors along with their fare, -all being introduced by the Company of Musketeers of Armagnac, an ancient order founded by D’Artagnan, the mythical leader of the Three Musketeers of yore. And to even the score on Sunday, the 21st, the toques will fight it out on the open planes of Central Park where rugby players from SW France will do battle with a band of toques from this side of the Atlantic. The winners will then toast each other at an undisclosed restaurant of choice, a la Francaise, of course. More wine, more vitals. All this in the name of Gaulic cuisine and vin blanc, vin rouge and vin des esprits. Before they leave us however, a night of La Grande Fete is being planned by the emigres from Cahors and SW France thanks to Air France, the Toulouse Office of Tourism, Open Skies, the SW French Wines Trade Board and the trade councils of Cahors and Armagnac. One thing is for sure, the French like to party when they’re here.

Viva La France!

Michael/ LET’S TRAVEL! Radio
www.letstravelradio.com

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Hornblower blows ‘em away!

Thurs., July 4 aboard the Hornblower Esprit, celebrating Macy’s 4th, the nation’s 233rd Independence Day anniversary. What a night!

Hornblower Yachts owns up to having the largest number of luxury vessels in eight U.S. cities, including New York. The company has seven here ranging from the largest, the Infinity, at over 200’, accommodating up to 700, to the smallest, the Esprit, at 90’ , accommodating 80-100. Cruises are set lunch/ brunch and dinner, for a coterie of special events and private parties, corporate meetings, and weddings, of course! They serve both sit-down and buffet menus.. They also do After 5 cocktail cruises, and a host of charitable events. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, Ca. It’s now in its 40th year.

On the night we were on, the 4th, we were seated on the Sky Deck of the Esprit, a restored beauty. There were only seven tables on this top deck facing out and with a nicely appointed bar in front of us manned by Nicholas, a really talented barkeep, and with some soft jazz by DJ Mike, which later turned to Pop, Latin, Disc and Rock for or dancing pleasure. Gabriel was our Maitre’d and Oscar was our chef for the evening. Boy can this guy cook! Dinner started off with a plate of Blinis with Caviar, followed by a nice medley of Little Neck clams and oysters on the ½ shell, with a sampling of jumbo shrimp in the best salsa I’ve ever tasted ( I asked for a second. My apologies ). This was followed by a full serving of Agnolotti served Italian style over freshly baked cherry tomatoes and a very fresh salad of lettuce, celery, cucumber and more cherry tomatoes. The entrée: Lobster and Filet Mignon with a crab filling topped with a wild mushroom sauce. A bottle of Chandon white was offered to each guest complimentary. Ha! You can’t beat that! As for dessert, a chilled freshly baked apple strudel and chocolate dipped strawberries was the finale, with good coffee and an assortment of blended teas for the asking. And, yes, the bar was open for the entire 3 ½ hours we were on board. By the way, the company provides translaters for Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Korean, French, German and Italian guests.

The yachts ail from Pier 15/ 75 South St. adjoining the South St. Seaport and Pier 40 on the West Side/ W. Houston St. and the Hudson River, from March thru-November with 10 daily departures, 7 days-a-week.

In New York they operate the Statue Cruises affiliate to both Ellis Island and Liberty Island State Park from the Battery Park Terminal on the Manhattan side, along with a Liberty Water Taxi service. They also serve the Metro New York area with a round-the-clock ferry service, the city’s first commuter ferry operation to points in Manhattan, Bklyn and Queens. In brief, the company is the world’s leading provider of high-speed ferry services. For more on Hornblower try: info@365ticketsUSA.com or 1-844TKTS, or phone 646-780.9693 or simply: www.Hornblower.com

 

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