Apparently, there is 'special occasion' dining at Chez Jacqueline--by advance reservation only.
We were so fortunate, during our last visit, that our hostess and chef, Jacqueline, let us know about her Bastille Day dinner (July 14). Although it was several months into our unknown future, we made our reservations.
SO glad we did! This was a magnificent culinary experience involving 10 (ten) courses plus appropriate wines culminating in a choice of fresh fruit tortes for dessert.
It was a full house for dinner: only one family with children (pre-teens)--but they were on their best behavior, so it was all good. Live music provided by a French gentleman violinist who took requests but also delighted with his varied offerings from 1920's cabaret torch songs, better known American musical songs from Maurice Chevalier and Leslie Caron among others, and traditional French songs (Frere Jacques, etc.)
The food: my oh my! Madame Jacqueline sure can cook! However, since a lot of her menu could not be pre-cooked, and there were 10 courses, dinner was NOT a fast marathon: start to finish was about 3 1/2 hours. Exquisite. Delicious. Savory. Surprising. Tasty. There are not enough adjectives. Terrific. Wonderful.
The time between courses was spent chatting with other diners from various parts of Louisiana and Texas--quite a few 'regulars' who never miss one of these special dinners. And listening to the sultry music of the violinist.
Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves--and were very pleasantly surprised by the bill--including our bar bill, total for the 2 of us was less than $140 including a (imo) generous tip for the wait staff and musician. MORE than worth it--hope we are included in the next fete!
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