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.