Saving the Planet at Dinner

The team who prepared the inaugural lunch at the COP21
From left to right: Guillaume Gomez, Yannick Alléno, Frédéric Anton, Nicolas Masse, Alexandre Gauthier, Marc Veyrat, Christelle Brua – Photo courtesy of Guillaume Gomez, chef at the Élysée Palace.

 

by André Gayot

 

For the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21), some 150 heads of state came to Paris to save the planet and, by the same token, enjoy food. It is compatible. Why would we save the planet if it’s only to survive on boiled potatoes? Yannick Alléno (Ledoyen, Paris), part of the team of France’s top chefs that fed our world moguls during a lunch on the inaugural day, supports the Locavorists.
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The Rise of the Ouled Thaleb Moroccan Wines

Guests at the Moroccan wine dinner
Guests at the Moroccan wine dinner


Dinner at the Whole Foods Market

by André Gayot

 

That a Moslem nation grows vine and makes wine with its grapes is a no-brainer established fact for a long time. Less expected is that its nationals — along with tourists though — drink it, as their religion prohibits the consumption of alcohol. Continue reading “The Rise of the Ouled Thaleb Moroccan Wines” »

Unwanted!

Abundance and Abandonment in Ventimiglia

The beautiful city of Ventimiglia is a popular summer destination for tourists  on the French Riviera, but it's also a harsh setting for migrants
The old border city of Ventimiglia is a destination for shoppers on the Italian Riviera, but it’s also a harsh setting for migrants

 

by André Gayot

 

Ventimiglia, a dismal Italy-France border little town, rarely makes it to the front page of the newspapers. Still, this Italian destination attracts huge crowds each Friday to its colorful seaside market, crumbling under a mont of charcuterie on top of which reigns the tasty San Daniele ham, above salamis, cheeses, pastas of all description, fruits, vegetables, garments, hand bags and shoes.
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A Voyage in the Flavors of Paris: Past & Present

Jean-Claude Ribaut eleventh book
Jean-Claude Ribaut eleventh book

 

Jean-Claude Ribaut, food critic of 20 years for the French daily newspaper Le Monde and GAYOT’s top Paris contributor, has just published a new book dubbed Voyage d’un Gourmet à Paris. The gourmet who made this voyage is also an historian, a sociologist and a philosopher.
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The Woodstock of Europe: Isle of Wight Attracts Thousands of Sail Boats, Musicians & Garlic Lovers

 

How Garlic Flew on the Wings of War

 

A watercolor of the famed harbor by artist Liz Sydenham

Artist Liz Sydenham captures scenes of the life on the Isle. Here, a yacht in the harbor of Yarmouth.

 

 

by André Gayot

 

Garlic is not usually associated with England. However, the small Isle of Wight, a sentinel of Great Britain off its southeastern coast in the English Channel, produces a surprising amount of the fragrant bulbs. One would think the Romans introduced garlic to their former 1st century colony, but it was not them. In fact, it was much much later and due to an unbelievable combination of circumstances.

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