Bonjour from Bonnie Jo Manion

Dear Friends, please note the correct date for Alice Waters at Chino Farms is this Sunday, February 25, 2018, from 11am to 1pm.

It is a free event, where you can buy a book for Alice Waters to sign for you, and perhaps make a contribution to her Edible School Yard Project. See the flyer below for more details.

Merci et á Bientôt...Bonnie

 

 

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Bonjour from Bonnie Jo Manion

Complimentary Shuttle to Alice Waters Event

For those lucky people who are attending Alice Waters' Luncheon event on Monday, February 26th, 2018, there is a complimentary shuttle arranged. See below for details on where in Balboa Park to park your car to take the complimentary shuttle to the Prado where the luncheon will be held.

This event is sold out as the Village Garden Club of La Jolla proudly prepares to give Alice Waters a warm San Diego Welcome! 

If you missed getting your reservation in for the upcoming luncheon, you can see Alice Waters at Chino Farm on Sunday, February 25, 2018, from 11am to 1pm, where she will be selling and signing her latest book. See below for further details.

 

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Alice Waters Returns to Chino Farm

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Merci, et á Bientôt...Bonnie

Bonjour from Bonnie Jo Manion!

Happy New Year! Wishing you all good health, happiness, and good fortune! If this is the year to make changes, start making baby steps, and don't delay. I love this time of year, because of reflections, endless possibilities, new beginnings, and change.

I had a different year, all good. It took me different places, and even some travel to new places. There was less time for writing, not that I don't enjoy sharing thoughts, tips, and ideas with you all. I enjoyed hearing comments and concerns that you haven't heard from me. It has motivated me to get back in the writing saddle once again. 

In this newsletter I want to share with you that Alice Waters is coming to San Diego this February 2018. If you are a fan, and have followed her over the years like I have, you won't want to miss her special event presented by the Village Garden Club of La Jolla, and open to the San Diego Community. See the flyer below for details. 

I hope to have more time this year for hosting "Lunch in Provence" cooking classes.  Starting on Saturday, February 17, 2018, just in time for celebrating Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras with New Orleans recipes, "A Taste of Mardi Gras."  The second class is scheduled on Sunday, March 18, 2018, highlighting "A Taste of Springtime Provence." See below for more details.

Lastly, I leave you with one of my favorite Parisian foodie blogs, Clotilde Dusoulier's Chocolate & Zucchini blog with her 10 Kitchen Resolutions.

Happy Cooking & Gardening.....Bonnie


 Fall Tablescaping Workshop, Photo by Margaret Hudson

Fall Tablescaping Workshop, Photo by Margaret Hudson

 

Guess Who is Coming to Lunch? Alice Waters!!

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You are invited to enjoy a very special luncheon and speaking engagement with Alice Waters on Monday, February 26, 2018, at 11:30am. Tickets are going fast, don't delay! Each attendee will receive a signed copy of her latest book, a memoir, Coming to My Senses, and a portion of your ticket will contribute to Ms Waters' Edible Schoolyard Foundation and the Village Garden Club of La Jolla's own Schoolyard Gardening Grants Program. Please join us, and experience what this Master, an American food icon, pioneer, activist, restaurateur and more, has to share with all of us!

 

Upcoming "Lunch in Provence" Cooking Classes

 

 New Orleans, May 2017

New Orleans, May 2017

Last year I visited New Orleans and simply loved the city, the music, and the cuisine. I took two cooking classes over in the historic Algiers Point neighborhood. This February in celebration of Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras I will be hosting a  cooking class, "A Taste of Mardi Gras" featuring some of the traditional recipes of New Orleans. Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 11am. 

Saturday, February 17, 2018, "A Taste of Mardi Gras"

 11am to 3pm, $125.00 per person. Minimum 8 people per class. Seasonal menu subject to change or substitution.

A Taste of Mardi Gras. Experience the traditional flavors of New Orleans with recipes adapted from actual New Orleans Cooking Classes.

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo, Cajun Jambalaya, Crawfish Etouffee, and Classic Bread Pudding.

Sign up online at Bonnie's Cooking Classes, or contact Bonnie directly at (tel) (760) 402-7600.

 

 Collection of Confit Pots at C'est la Vie, Encinitas

Collection of Confit Pots at C'est la Vie, Encinitas

 

Sunday, March 18, 2018, "A Taste of Springtime Provence"

11am to 3pm, $125.00 per person. Minimum 8 people per class. Seasonal menu subject to change or substitution.

"A Taste of Springtime Provence." Experience some of the wonderful flavors abundant in Provence.

Chicken with Forty Cloves of Garlic, Moroccan Couscous, Asparagus Ribbon Salad, and Lemon Meringue Tart.

Sign up online at Bonnie's Cooking Classes, or contact Bonnie directly at (tel) (760) 402-600.

"Lunch in Provence" June & July Cooking Classes

Bienvenue! More Classes!

Share a special day and give the gift of a "Lunch in Provence" Culinary Experience, with a personalized gift certificate, ordering online, or organizing a private class. Please contact Bonnie for details, or (tel) (760) 402-7600.

Thank you all for your amazing support and enthusiasm for "Lunch in Provence" Culinary Experiences!

 

 

 The "Art of the Tart"

The "Art of the Tart"

Tarts, sweet or savory, are very popular in Provence. I like to share my favorite tart recipes with you. In June and July 2017 classes, it is Seasonal Berry Tart time!

 

"Lunch in Provence" CULINARY EXPERIENCES

 June & July 2017 Schedule

 

 Chef Eric Sapet Reviewing the Class Salmon Roses

Chef Eric Sapet Reviewing the Class Salmon Roses

 

June 2017 Classes

Please Note: Thursday, June 22, 2017, is a private SOLD OUT class. There is plenty of availability in classes, Thursday, June 15, 2017, or Sunday, June 25, 2017, 11am to 3pm, $120.00 per person.  Minimum 8 people per class. Seasonal menu subject to change or substitution.

From the little village of Cucuron in Provence, I share the marinated salmon rose recipe from my cooking class with Chef Eric Sapet at La Petite Maison de Cucuron.

Menu:  Marinated Olives over Goat Cheese, RivaRose Brut, Summer Sorrel Soup, Marinated Salmon Rose on Potato Galette w/ Wasabi Cream, Butter Lettuce w/ Truffle Oil Vinaigrette, Summer French String Beans, Domaine de Manion Wine, Seasonal Strawberry Tart, French Roast Coffee or Lemon Verbena Tea.

Sign up here!

 

July 2017 Classes

 Georgeanne Brennan's Latest Cookbook

Georgeanne Brennan's Latest Cookbook

Please Note: Saturday, July 8, 2017 is a private SOLD OUT class. There is plenty of availability in classes, Thursday, July 13, 2017, or Sunday, July 16, 2017, 11am to 3pm, $120.00 per person. Minimum 8 people per class. Seasonal menu subject to change or substitution.

Menu:  A summer seasonal menu created from Georgeanne Brennan's latest cookbook, La Vie Rusticwill be featured. Menu: Moules Gratinées, RivaRose Brut, Pistachio & Beet Salad w/ Goat Cheese, Fresh Bay Leaves Skewered with Eggplant and Choice of Beef, Lamb, or Seasonal Vegetables Grilled over Grapevines, Domaine de Manion Wine, Seasonal Berry & Pistachio Tart, French Roast Coffee, or Lemon Verbena Tea.

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Where in the World Have I Been?

A Visit to Thailand This Spring

 Elephant Trekking outside Phuket

Elephant Trekking outside Phuket

In late April, Thailand is already near 90 degrees F, and 85% humidity, but that didn't surprise my husband, John and I. What surprised us, was how great the food was, friendly people, and amazing natural beauty of beaches, bays, and surrounding islands.

I took a couple of Thai Cooking Classes, and ventured to their food markets--not for the faint of heart. Much different from our Farmers Markets. Loved the curries, seafood, and tropical fruit such as Dragon Fruit, Roseapple, and Phuket Pineapple.

Could there be a future "A Taste of Thai" Cooking Class?

 

A Memorable Stay in Hong Kong

 Embraced by Locals over Peking Duck

Embraced by Locals over Peking Duck

I was pleasantly surprised by Hong Kong too, a beautiful intersection of East meets West. Hong Kong harbor is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. The shopping is simply incredible, and I couldn't get enough Dim Sum!

 

Jazzy New Orleans

 Sunset Over the Mississippi and Jackson Square

Sunset Over the Mississippi and Jackson Square

I definitely will be hosting "A Taste of Cajun/Creole Class" from the two very different cooking classes I took over on Algier Point, a 7 minute ferry ride from downtown New Orleans. I can't really say enough about New Orleans, I loved the food, music, architecture, and fun vibe. 

 

"Home Sweet Home"

There is nothing like traveling afar, only to return to your "Home Sweet Home" and keep all of those fun memories close. Please join me for June and July "Lunch in Provence" cooking classes and culinary experiences!

A bientôt....Bonnie

 

 

"Bonjour" from Bonnie Jo Manion

Hello Friends!

I hope your spring has been growing, glowing, and grand!

 Lavender for Sale at Eygalieres Friday Market

Lavender for Sale at Eygalieres Friday Market

Upcoming "Lunch in Provence" Dates

Overview and Details

Head to Domaine de Manion, and spend the day in Provence.  Experience a relaxing and enjoyable day of garden, vineyard, a multi-course cooking demonstration and lunch, as well as a chance to shop. 

For each culinary date, Bonnie creates a seasonal menu--using many of the prevalent flavors found in Provencal cuisine, and many of the ingredients grown from her own berry room, orchard, and potager. Recipes may be subject to slight changes based on availability.

Your day is generally 10:30am to 2pm. Cost for the day per person is $150.00. These events are limited to 10 participants. Sign up with a special friend, or loved one, and you receive $25.00 off one reservation. If you sign up at the same time, four or more reservations for an event, each person in your party will receive $25.00 off.  Your payment by check in advance, or credit card is your reservation. Please contact Bonnie to make your reservation and further details, at (760) 402-7600. No cancellation refunded within 72 hours of event day.

 

May 2016

Thursday, May 12, 2016. Bonnie hosts and presents a "Luscious Lavender Lunch." A wonderful gift for a Mother's Day Celebration and/or an extra special treat with your friends. This seasonal springtime menu will have a hint of lavender in each course. Menu: Medjool Dates with Lavender Goat Cheese, Fruitful Salad with Lavender Candied Pecans & Pomegranate Dressing, Lavender Chicken Linguine with Avocado Cream Sauce, and Lavender Apple Rhubarb Crisp.

 

June 2016

Thursday, June 23, 2016. Bonnie lovingly adapts and shares her "St. Remy, Provence Country Cooking Class" for all of you to enjoy and experience. Menu: Fresh Vegetable Provencal Soup, Tomato Tart with Onion Marmalade, Green Salad Vinaigrette, Strawberry Sorbet with Almond & Walnut Cookies. You don't have to travel to France, you can "Lunch in Provence" at Domaine de Manion.

 
 

Field to Vase Dinner Tour at Carlsbad Flower Fields

 Field to Vase Dinner Tour--Carlsbad Flower Fields

Field to Vase Dinner Tour--Carlsbad Flower Fields

It couldn't have been a prettier spring evening and setting for the April 13, 2106, "Field to Vase" Dinner Tour set in a row of friendly beautiful blooming ranunculus at the Carlsbad Flower Fields. There were 146 lucky attendees seated at one long table enjoying a magnificent appetizer to dessert feast, created and prepared by Chef Rossman of Terra Catering and the farm, Goodland Organics. Flower arrangements for the table were by two floral designing sisters, Casey and Kit, of Flower Duet. Many thanks to the host flower farmer, Mike Mellano and the Ecke family. 

Goodwill ambassadors, and some of the sponsors orchestrating this national "Field to Vase" Dinner Tour across the country were Certified American Grown, Slow Flowers, and California Cut Flower Commission, recognizing and supporting our great American flower farmers, as well as talented floral designers.

 Bonus to Run Into Flower Farmer, Mel Resendiz

Bonus to Run Into Flower Farmer, Mel Resendiz

The setting, flowers, and food are spectacular, yet the bonus is the new and old friends you cross paths in one memorable evening. It was extra special to run into local flower farmer, Mel Resendiz, and fellow Miracle-Groer float rider at this year's 2016 Rose Parade. 

 

San Francisco Flower & Garden Show 2016

 A Giant Grasshopper Greeted You at the Entrance

A Giant Grasshopper Greeted You at the Entrance

It was exciting to be part of this year's San Francisco Flower & Garden Show, as a speaker and as a spectator on the last two days, Saturday March 19th and Sunday March 20th, 2016. Show organizers congregated over 100 speakers on 5 stages, coming from 11 states. The show this year touched on all aspects of gardening stemming from beauty, practical, artistic and inspiration--emphasizing the theme, "yours for the discovery."

Many of the show vendors this year were small creative entrepreneurs. One of my favorites was Lorina's Edible Garden with a spectacular corner booth of home-grown tomato seedlings, handmade spa lotions, gifts, and garden accessories. 

 Lorina's Edible Garden Booth

Lorina's Edible Garden Booth

My favorite "stand out" from the display gardens was a simple constructed arbor/bridge which also was a water feature. As you walked under the arbor you could see and hear the water trickling down each side. Very clever.

 Favorite Piece in Display Gradens

Favorite Piece in Display Gradens

 

Northwest Horticultural Society Visits

 Avid Seattle Gardeners Travel to San Diego for Garden Tours

Avid Seattle Gardeners Travel to San Diego for Garden Tours

Down from Seattle for the San Diego Horticulture Society annual spring garden tour, the Northwest Horticultural Society had arranged to visit my garden the Friday before. What a nice group of gardeners who gleefully asked names of different zone plants they don't normally see. They finished their San Diego visit on Sunday with a guided tour of Balboa Park. I was glad that San Diego gave them a fabulous spring weekend for all of their garden touring.

 

One of My Quotes on "Provence" Now Published in Three Books

I have been writing about my beloved Provence for years. One particular quote I wrote about Provence has profoundly resonated with others, and has been published in three books. I am honored to be quoted in these beautiful books with such company as Rachel Hale McKenna, Jean-Andre Charial, Patricia Wells, Peter Mayle, Claude Monet, Vincent van Gough, Lawrence Durrell, and many others.

"Provence is one of the great garden destinations of the world. It is a special place where the beauty of its natural landscape has magically mingled with civilizations for centuries and the beauty keeps on radiating."     --Bonnie Jo Manion

Lunch in Provence is part coffee table/part cookbook. Beautiful Provence photography by Rachel Hale McKenna, and 35 recipes by Chef Jean-Andre Charial who has held Michelin three stars for over 35 years and runs 7 restaurants in the South of France. This book is currently available on amazon, and/or my website at shop.

For the Love of Provence is more beautiful Provence photography by Rachel Hale McKenna, and illuminated text by Peter Mayle (A Year in Provence). This book is not available currently in the United States. You can find it through the Australian Publisher, Hardie Grant, and the South African Publisher, Quivertree.

The third book is a German edition of For the Love of Provence, available in Germany, by Herbig.

 

 

A Bientot.....Bonnie

 

 

 

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Mon Petit Chou, Garden Antiques and Cottage Decor Returns

Starting in November 2014, By Appointment

Mon Petit Chou, is a French term of endearment which literally means "My Little Darling" or "My Little Cabbage." I search near and far for unique pieces that tug at your heart, to embellish your home and garden. Mon Petit Chou is open by appointment. Contact Bonnie at (760) 402-7600. 

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