Thursday, June 4, 2009

Fantastique French Cocktail Hour!

What's French Cocktail Hour?

"The French ritual of l'apéritif, unlike the American cocktail hour, involves a light drink… and a few bites of something delicious to whet the appetite." — Mona Talbott, T Style magazine (New York Times)

French Cocktail Hour, or apéritif à la française, is a unique tradition celebrated in France and throughout Southern Europe and this year, I'm joining 999 other folks in the United States who are hosting a French Cocktail Hour party in addition to those that are celebrating in 19 countries and 28 cities around the world. The event is to promote French wines, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres!

Complete with festive decorations, French music in the background, some party favors and of course, lots of French wines and French inspired fare, tonight our Fantastique French Cocktail Hour Party was a success! Below is the menu I prepared and feel free to click on the links for recipes!

Moules a la Mariniere
(mussels in white wine)

(cold potato & leek soup)

Salade d'Endives, Noix et Roquefort
(endive salad with roquefort, walnuts & cranberries)

Pomme de Terre Farci avec Sanglier
(wild boar stuffed potatoes)

Plateau et Accountrements Français de Fromage
(French cheese platters and accountrements)

(toasted, open faced sandwiches)

mozzarella, tomato & basil

ham & swiss

chicken pesto

salmon, dill & cucumber

Eclairs au Chocolat
(chocolate eclairs)

Mousse au Chocolat
(chocolate mousse)

Tartes de Mangue
(mango berry tart )

Fresh Strawberry Tart

Crepes de Banane et Nutella
(banana and Nutella crepes)

French Wines

To help our guests spread out a bit (since our place isn't quite that big) I had various food and drink stations throughout:

Cheese & Savory Appetizer Station Tartine Station Dessert & Sweets Station
Wine Station with French Wine Map
Here are some candid pictures of friends hanging out and enjoying the food, wine and views from our place: