Festival of French Gastronomy – 23 September 2011

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French Festival of Gastronomy

As France celebrates its first national food festival – the Fête de la Gastronomie – on 23 September, our French chefs in the Seychelles and Mauritius are joining in the party to celebrate French food globally, and show our love of good food.

This year we’ve chosen ‘Our Earth’ as the theme – because it generously allows us to work it, harvest its fruits and use them for our food. And because man and earth are inseparable.

On 23 September, we will show that the heart of every French citizen still beats in time to the rhythm of good food!

In the Seychelles

Our 2 beautiful resorts in the Seychelles – Constance Ephélia and Constance Lémuria – are joining forces to present the same menu on the evening of the festival.

French classics with a modern twist

The menu proposes a modern version of great French classics such as Tournedos Rossini, accompanied by some of the best wines of the world.

The menu has been created by Lémuria’s executive chef Cyrille Carofano and Ephélia’s executive sous-chef Gwenael Briat.

Seahorse restaurant at Constance Lemuria

Seahorse restaurant at Constance Lemuria

Prize draw

We’ll be holding a prize draw on the evening in both hotels – superb prizes include a holiday for 2 at Constance Ephélia. Students from the Hotel School of Seychelles will also be joining in the fun, to discover more about the culinary culture of France.

In Mauritius

Constance Le Prince Maurice – the menu

On the same evening in Mauritius, celebrity Chef Michael Scioli at Constance Le Prince Maurice will showcase a fabulous selection of the best French cheeses, served with homemade tropical jams and relish, paired with a creative selection of homemade breads.

Pastry chef Chrystel Germain will propose a personal interpretation of the most famous French pastries and desserts. And Constance Head sommelier Jerôme Faure will be ready to suggest the perfect match of great wines at a very special price.

Constance Belle Mare Plage

Evening at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Evening at Constance Belle Mare Plage

At Constance Belle Mare Plage, the theme of the evening – ‘from France to the Indian Ocean’ – celebrates
the friendship and long lasting culinary relationship that exists between Mauritius and France.

The menu

There’ll be an incredible ’16 hands’ menu, based on the best produce of the Indian Ocean, paired with wines from the Old World.

Madagascar crab, local oysters, Black Qwelhi prawns from Mozambique are some of the delicacies that will be served on the night. The menu has been prepared by executive chef Dominique Grel together with all the Mauritian chefs of the resort, and our Food and Beverage Director Frederic Gille.

Pastry chef Thierry Lerallu has combined the tropical flavours of papaya, coconut and vanilla in a creation that’s not to be missed.

Sound tempting? Take a look at the menu for our special event at
Constance Belle Mare Plage
.

Everyone is welcome

This wonderful festival is one this year’s unmissable events. Everyone is welcome to attend the special occasion at our hotels.

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