If you feel most at home in the kitchen cooking with friends, then don’t miss an evening at La Cuisine de Bertrand in Versailles. After a full day visiting the chateau at Versailles, we strolled 10 minutes to Bertrand’s apartment. Bertrand and his lovely wife Emilie, welcomed us in and taught us how to cook a typical French family meal using the seasonal and local ingredients obtained from Louis XIV’s kitchen gardens located right outside his living room window. Bertrand’s menu changes with the seasons. Our visit was in autumn, so we learned to make a tart tatin, a quiche, and a delicious casserole topped with chestnut flour and hazelnuts. Bertrand skillfully and generously pairs his food with local wines and cheeses and we enjoyed walnut oils made by Emilie’s family living in the south of France. As this is home style cooking, it was easy to learn, and recreate-yet oh so very French.
One of the most difficult things about travelling to another country for a short time is the inability to meet the locals. A visit to Bertrand’s solves that problem. Bertrand and Emilie are 30 year old professionals who love to travel, cook, meet new people, and share. An engineer by trade, Bertrand‘s directions are logical, clear, and organized, yet he is warm with a wonderful sense of humor. Witty Emilie taught me how to communicate with French waiters through etiquette and silverware placement. Once we learned this silent code of conduct, we never had to wait for service from a French waiter again. If you are staying in Paris, it is an easy and safe ride on the train and metro back to your accommodations. Bertrand’s home based business is fairly new. When booking an evening with him, feel fortunate to be one of the lucky ones to experience La Cuisine de Bertrand with Bertrand and Emilie.
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