The first one took place at the West Street Grill in Litchfield CT. The meal started with parmesan aioli bread, heirloom tomato salad with the finest oil, spaghetti vongole, Cod, and crab cakes, accompanied by the perfect rose’ wine. For dessert we had chocolate bread pudding. The proprietors, James O'Shea and Charles Kafferman not only run a perfect kitchen but are also gracious hosts.
The second meal was at the restaurant La Maison Jaune in St. Remy de Provence. The chief Francois Perraud prepared the most incredible summer meal which highlighted the best and freshest foods and flavors of Provence. Sitting on the second floor terrace you were transported to an old village... Between the pink sunset and beautiful old buildings you knew the meal coming is going to be special. We had cold tomato soup with chunks of watermelon, sea bass and A provencal omelet with herbs and tapenade. The gentleman who served us (formally of Cabre D’or) was incredibly attentive and helpful. His suggestions were perfect.... And any meal with a bottle of Chateau Theurry rose wine is special!