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Sinor-LaVallée April 23 dinner and wine pairing

Posted by on Feb 28, 2016 in Events | 0 comments

Sinor-LaVallée April 23 dinner and wine pairing

We have a dinner planned for Saturday, April 23, at the Sinor-LaVallée Tasting Room in Avila Beach. It will feature wine pairings exclusively with Sinor-LaVallée wines. We really do live in paradise. The Sinor-LaVallée Winery is a true an estate winery that brings their own locally grown grapes to your glass. Mike Sinor is one of the Central Coast’s most decorated winemakers. I am going to create a dining experience matching delicious dishes to each of the wines featured that evening. Sinor-LaVallée Menu, April 23 Warm Salmon Mousseline...

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Le Petit Chef

Posted by on Jan 26, 2016 in Fun | 0 comments

Antoon Verbeeck and Filip Sterckx experimented with projection onto a dinner table. By making use of a combination of 3D animation and motion capture, a miniature chef turns your dish into a projected grill. Bon appétit!

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Valentine Dinners Feb.13 & 14

Posted by on Jan 17, 2016 in Events | 0 comments

Valentine Dinners Feb.13 & 14

Update Change of venue: The new location is the Sinor La Vallée Tasting Room at 550 First Street in Avila Beach Seatings have been consolidated: One seating at 6:30 PM on Feb. 13 and one seating at 6:30 on Feb. 14   Dear Et Voilà Customers, You must be thinking… It’s about time! This is chef José Dahan from the old restaurant. Most of you must have been wondering, What happened to him? Well, I am still in town… back from a few trips to Europe and beyond… Still cooking, but a lot less. I am presenting an evening at the Sinor La Vallée...

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Gâteau basque

Posted by on Apr 5, 2015 in Recipes | 0 comments

Gâteau basque

Here is something you can prepare for the holidays or for whenever you would like to do something original and special: gâteau basque   Known as gâteau basque in French or pastel vasco in Spanish, it is a traditional dessert from the Basque region of France. Typically gâteau basque is constructed from layers of an almond flour based cake and a filling of cream with preserved cherries. It’s something that my father used to make on festive occasions.   Here’s my favorite recipe for gâteau basque:   ACTIVE: 1 HR TOTAL...

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Onion Soup à la Lyonnaise

Posted by on Apr 5, 2015 in Recipes | 0 comments

Onion Soup à la Lyonnaise

Here is the recipe for onion soup served in France’s finest restaurants. I learned about it working in some of these restaurants when I was an apprentice (45 years ago!) Ingredients (four servings) 2 yellow onions sliced thin 2 red onions also sliced thin 1 teaspoon of chopped garlic 1 sprig of fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon of dry thyme 1/4 cup of Worcestershire sauce 1/2 cup of dry white wine 3 bay leaves 2 quarts of beef broth 1/2 lb of grated gruyère cheese 1/4 cup of olive oil 4 oz (1 stick) of butter Sea salt and black pepper French...

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