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Posted December 30th, 2012 - 7:45 pm by from Stoke-on-Trent, England (Permalink)
We are planning an informal buffet at our house on the Friday night (26th) but it would be nice to share a meal at a local restaurant. One of our favourite places is La Table d'Erillac in Hautefort. The restaurant is closed on Sunday evening and on a Monday so we may have to go on the Saturday (I have emailed to ask if they could accommodate us on the Sunday). It's reasonably priced and has good vegetarian options.

To have some idea of numbers could all those interested in joining in the meal please add your names below:

Posted December 30th, 2012 - 8:45 pm by from Victoria, Canada (Permalink)
The restaurant looks amazing. If I am able to make it to Dordogne then I won't want to miss it.

Posted December 30th, 2012 - 9:39 pm by from London, England (Permalink)
Count me in.

Posted January 1st, 2013 - 4:26 pm by from Jimena de la Frontera, Spain (Permalink)
please add my name to the restaurant meal, Jane Carhart

Posted January 1st, 2013 - 5:19 pm by from New York, United States (Permalink)
So in. Can't wait.

Judy

Posted January 1st, 2013 - 10:28 pm from New York, United States
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Posted January 3rd, 2013 - 9:42 am by from Weston-super-Mare, England (Permalink)
Add my name to the list

Anne

Posted January 3rd, 2013 - 9:48 am from Tourlaville, France
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Posted January 4th, 2013 - 10:12 am from Quimper, France
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Posted January 5th, 2013 - 2:48 pm from Tulle, France
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Posted January 6th, 2013 - 1:17 pm by from Bradford, United States (Permalink)
I'm interesting in going too!

Cindy

Posted January 6th, 2013 - 3:30 pm by from Stoke-on-Trent, England (Permalink)
We are now booked at La Table d'Erillac for the evening of Saturday 27th April. The restaurant can accommodate 33 max but I have provisionally booked for 20. I will post the menus in due course as it would be helpful if people can choose ahead of time (to save me and the restaurant too many headaches on the day!) It may help other decide if they want to join when the menu options are available.

I plan to collect the monies ahead of time so we are not all trying to pay separately on the night.

Posted January 7th, 2013 - 3:08 pm from Essen, Germany
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Posted January 7th, 2013 - 8:55 pm by from Langley, United States (Permalink)
Although I'm not quite 100% committed, if I do go to France I'll definitely want to go to dinner with all of you. I'm vegetarian.

Thanks
Cherie

Posted January 7th, 2013 - 10:09 pm by from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Permalink)
Count me in.

Posted January 12th, 2013 - 1:47 am by from Langley, United States (Permalink)
I'm 100% committed.

Cherie

Posted January 19th, 2013 - 2:14 pm by from Stoke-on-Trent, England (Permalink)
I have been sent the menus below:

http://ow.ly/gXb7Y

You will notice the restaurant offers a discount for groups but this only applies if we all choose the same starter main course etc. I think this will be too restrictive so I suggest we forego the discount. Nevertheless, it would help if we could agree on one menu i.e. the €24.50 or the the €28 etc. The menu (as is common in France) includes an aperitif, a 1/4 carafe of wine and a coffee. I have asked the restaurant to propose a vegetarian option and I will post this as soon as I have it.

Posted January 20th, 2013 - 11:39 pm by from Langley, United States (Permalink)
Kathy

On behalf of any other vegetarians and myself, thanks.

I've progressed to vegan this year, but I realize that that's too difficult for most to handle.

I'm looking forward to the Crepe stands in Paris, and I'd love to find a cheese souffle when I'm there, too.

Please tell me: will there be fresh locally grown vegetables there as early as April? I make excellent soups, sautes, etc., and would love to have some fresh locally grown veggies to work with.

Thanks!
Cherie

Posted January 21st, 2013 - 12:21 am from Tourlaville, France
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Posted January 22nd, 2013 - 5:22 pm by from San Jose, United States (Permalink)
Kathie,

I wish the menu were in English!! However, I did find salmon on there ( dos du saumon sauvage) and that would be my choice now, depending on what the vegetarian option might be.

Becky

Posted January 23rd, 2013 - 7:19 am by from Stoke-on-Trent, England (Permalink)
We now have a revised menu from the restaurant with a vegetarian option which I'll post on Friday (when I get home and have access to a proper computer!) I will include an English translation and add the options to the spreadsheet!

Posted January 23rd, 2013 - 3:14 pm by from Langley, United States (Permalink)
Thanks, Kathie.

Appreciate your efforts.

Cherie

Posted January 27th, 2013 - 6:10 pm by from Stoke-on-Trent, England (Permalink)
The revised menu:

http://ow.ly/hasj9

There will also be a vegetarian option.

L'Assiette de Cabécou is a cheese plate - Cabécou is a goats cheese (and a regional speciality of the Dordogne, Lot and Pyrenees départmentes). I'm guessing the cheeses being served will be local Périgord cheeses :o)

All the other choices have the English translation alongside. Confit de canard is duck leg braised very slowly in duck fat until it (almost) falls apart. A very local dish and on the menu of many restaurants in the Dordogne / Périgord. You are unlikely to visit the region without seeing this!

The meal is served with a 1/4 carafe of wine with an optional aperitif. Typical aperitifs are vin de noix (walnut and red wine - local and very good), pineau (from the neigbouring Charente region but also produced locally - a combination of grape juice and eau-de-vie) or kir (creme de cassis i.e. blackcurrant liqueur with white wine).

Posted March 5th, 2013 - 2:06 pm by from Bradford, United States (Permalink)
Kathie/Richard:

Has it been decided that we will go with the 24.5 euro menu for the dinner or will the other menus be available?

Thanks.

Posted March 5th, 2013 - 2:42 pm by from Langley, United States (Permalink)
Also about the vegetarian offering: do we know what that is?

Cherie

Posted March 6th, 2013 - 9:32 am by from Monpazier, France (Permalink)
...hello, why do we all have to eat the same menu?...this is france, we can eat what we like, no???...also, i don't eat so much in the evening and i don't eat meat (not so easy in france, especially this part of france!)...looking forward to meeting you all soon, a bientot, amanda...

Posted March 6th, 2013 - 2:49 pm by from Langley, United States (Permalink)
Hi Amanda

Looking forward to another vegetarian in the group!

I think the idea for the same menu is a price reduction for everyone: we have exclusive use of the restaurant for the evening. I think that's what it is about everyone having the same thing, no?


Cherie

Posted March 10th, 2013 - 1:31 am from Tourlaville, France
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Posted March 10th, 2013 - 2:02 am by from Langley, United States (Permalink)
I've found that sometimes when dining out, there is this uneasiness re: "good food"...

I've found that good food is ALWAYS good food!

Delicately tender poached eggs, seasoned sauteed asparagus and mushrooms, fragrant fromage, a wonderful baguette: any decent cook/chef/baker should be able to make these delights with ease.

This is what I hope to taste in France. ;D

And a decent Sommelier: someone with passion and tact. I've run into a few dandies, often on cruises: I'm hoping I find at least one good one in France.

Cherie

Posted March 11th, 2013 - 12:17 pm from Stoke-on-Trent, England
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Posted March 11th, 2013 - 5:49 pm by from Monpazier, France (Permalink)
...hello, i won't be coming to the restaurant as it's too far away from where i live...roque gageac and the gabare trip will be about all i can do...would suggest you all visit monpazier (where i live)...a bientot...

Posted March 12th, 2013 - 1:15 am by from Langley, United States (Permalink)
Thanks!

I'm not fussy, and like all vegetables, grains, legumes...

Also, will I be able to buy wine by the bottle?
And, what is their corking fee? I might find something wonderful along the way to bring.

Cherie

Posted March 12th, 2013 - 1:52 am from Tourlaville, France
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Posted March 12th, 2013 - 2:24 am by from Langley, United States (Permalink)
Dearest Yves

This is such a comforting thought!

Thank you!

I plan on tasting ALL France has to offer!


(In French):

C'est cette pensée réconfortante!

Je vous remercie!

J'ai l'intention de goûter toute la France a à offrir!


Cherie

Posted March 12th, 2013 - 2:48 am by from Langley, United States (Permalink)
I love a crisp Chardonnay, and a robust Cabernet Sauvignon.

Sound good?

I come from 35 years on the Central California Coast Wine Country:

http://www.winespectator.com/wct/region/rid/94

Maison Deutz (yes, the family that owns the champagne cellars that go on forever in France) searched the world for new vineyards and settled there.

My house is there: half way between San Francisco and Los Angeles.


Cherie

Posted March 12th, 2013 - 10:03 am by from Bradford, United States (Permalink)
Friends:

I was asleep while most of this latest conversation was going on, but now that I'm awake I urge us to bemindful of the plan already expressed in the spreadsheet.

There is a supper already planned at Kathie's on Friday night. See the first posting on this page!

What I was inviting people to was to be around the pool at the rental house during the day on Friday if they were not otherwise occupied (think brunch).

Thursday night appears to be a fete at Kathie's house as well -- there had been a time was I was wondering what we were doing, but then I looked at the spreadsheet again.

I suggest coordinating with Kathie, who may well relinquish dinnner duties if we are willing to take them on, but I'd hate to have two parties planning dinner when only one is required.

We will, however, require breadfast foods and snacks. And lunch on Friday at the pool. But let's not get too far ahead of ourselves planning a feast without making sure that it's not being done by Kathie!

I know that of the three nights suggested as being at Kathie's house (Thursday, Friday and Sunday) she would happily turn one or more over to us cooking, but let's coordinate with our host on time and location and such.

Does that make sense?

Posted March 12th, 2013 - 2:27 pm by from Langley, United States (Permalink)
Yes.

Cherie

Posted March 12th, 2013 - 6:22 pm by from Curitiba, Brazil (Permalink)
@ Yves, Odile, Cindy, Cherie: glad to know we will be living the same home!

@ Cindy: yes, it makes sense! So, let´s firstly make a question to Kathie.

@ Kathie: which day/meal would you like to be our guest?


Hugs to all!

Emi.

Posted March 17th, 2013 - 12:08 pm by from Stoke-on-Trent, England (Permalink)
Emi - I don't mind :)

For those we are picking up from the railway station on Thursday, depending on your arrival time, we could stop by for groceried in Perigueux.

Posted March 17th, 2013 - 12:12 pm by from Stoke-on-Trent, England (Permalink)
Just a reminder that I am still waiting for menu choices for the following people:

Sheryl
Jo (and friend)
Helen
Marion
Odile
Yves
Galina
Jane
Anne
Becky
Katie
Roger
Judy
Nantic
Marie
Yvan

I MUST have your menu choices by next week LATEST as I have to give final details to the restaurant!

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Posted March 17th, 2013 - 2:32 pm by from Stoke-on-Trent, England (Permalink)
Marion the menu is here:

http://www.thegadds.me.uk/pdfs/Menu.pdf

Posted March 17th, 2013 - 3:04 pm from Essen, Germany
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Posted March 17th, 2013 - 5:14 pm by from San Jose, United States (Permalink)
I cannot find a translation for L'Assiette de Cabecou. Can someone tell me what that is?

Posted March 17th, 2013 - 5:45 pm from Norwich, England
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Posted March 18th, 2013 - 5:49 am from Tourlaville, France
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Posted March 17th, 2013 - 4:16 pm by from Stoke-on-Trent, England (Permalink)
Thanks Marion :)

Posted March 17th, 2013 - 6:46 pm by from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Permalink)
Kathie, my choices are:

- saumon fumée
- fricasée des poissons
- la mixte

It was indeed hard to choose. I hope others ask different so I may taste everything... lol.

Thanks for everything, and cheers from Rio,
Roger

Posted March 17th, 2013 - 7:46 pm by from Saint Petersburg, Russia (Permalink)
Kathie,

if it is not too late

I choose
-Salade de Bloc de Foie Gras
-Fricasse de poissons
-La mixte

Sorry Marion, but I like your choose as well..

Galina


Posted March 18th, 2013 - 5:51 pm from Essen, Germany
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Posted March 17th, 2013 - 10:09 pm by from Quimper, France (Permalink)
Hi Kathie,
Yann and I will have as entrée: 1 saumon + 1 rillettes

main course: 1 entrecôte + 1 confit

dessert : 1 crême brulée + 1 Mixte


Thanks for doing this for us,
Helen

Posted March 17th, 2013 - 2:30 pm by from Langley, United States (Permalink)
Kathie

That sounds good.

Thank you.

Cherie

Posted March 22nd, 2013 - 3:11 pm from Tulle, France
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Posted March 27th, 2013 - 1:29 am by from Langley, United States (Permalink)
I became aware of "corking fees" when fine dining on the Central California Coast. People go there to wine tour for days.
They buy LOTS of wine, NICE wine.

When they go out to a good restaurant, they want to drink their favorites, not just what the restaurant has on premises to offer.

It's a snob thing, really.

I'll be coming from 3 days of wine tasting in Paris.
I think I might pick up something nice along the way.

I won't risk insulting anyone.
I'll drink what they have with attention and appreciation.

Cherie


Posted March 27th, 2013 - 5:13 pm from Tourlaville, France
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Posted January 11th, 2013 - 8:08 pm by from Saint Petersburg, Russia (Permalink)
I just booked the ticket to Paris. So count me in please.

Galina

Posted January 12th, 2013 - 12:53 am from Portland, United States
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Posted January 12th, 2013 - 1:46 am by from Langley, United States (Permalink)
Cadence

I'm on Icelandair out of Seattle, flight #680, 4/19, arriving in Reykjavik 4/20 early AM, then meeting up w/Cindy flying in from Boston.

After a couple of days of jet lag adjustment and spa time in Iceland, we're flying to Paris 4/22, and staying in Paris, meeting up with others for the Pre-Party Paris Party for 3 days, then taking the train on the 25th to Periguex.

It's going to be so wonderful to see you again! ;D

Cherie

Posted January 20th, 2013 - 4:26 pm from Essen, Germany
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Posted January 20th, 2013 - 11:32 pm by from Langley, United States (Permalink)
Are you joining up with me, Cindy, and Carina in Reykjavik April 19-22?

It's really too much fun there! ;D

Cherie

Posted January 20th, 2013 - 4:27 pm from Essen, Germany
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Posted January 21st, 2013 - 3:08 pm by from Bradford, United States (Permalink)
I, too, drink red wine 99% of the time. I'm open to trying new stuff, but red wine is really my favorite, and I do not let the food dictate my choice of wine.

Cognac sounds good too! I'll share that too!

Posted January 21st, 2013 - 9:35 pm from Quimper, France
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Posted January 21st, 2013 - 9:56 pm by from Langley, United States (Permalink)
Thank you, Helen.

You speak for the helpless creatures cruelly treated when they can't speak for themselves.

I wish it would do some good for them to stop their suffering. I fear it's falling on deaf ears.

Cherie

Posted January 22nd, 2013 - 2:52 pm from Essen, Germany
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