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"Lunch in Provence" Cooking Classes & Holiday Tea
 Cooking Class “Tomato Toast with Chives” Recipe

Cooking Class “Tomato Toast with Chives” Recipe

Bonjour from Bonnie Jo Manion

My love for Provence and healthy Mediterranean cuisine has lead to magical visits there, cooking classes, exploring the markets, following favorite chefs, and meeting culinary icons. I invite you to enjoy "A Taste of French Country Living" through my culinary events, gardening, design, and lifestyle.

More than a cooking class, it is a culinary experience. Come spend the day in France, and enjoy a leisurely French Country cooking class and lunch.

Your day includes an overall extraordinary culinary event with a garden and vineyard tour, cooking class, lunch, recipes, and a chance to shop for garden antiques and cottage decor!

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.

Sign up here online for “Lunch in Provence” Culinary Experiences.

 



"Autumn into Holiday" SCHEDULE 2018 CULINARY EXPERIENCES

Thursday, October 11, 2018, 11am to 3pm, $125.00 per person. Cooking Class"Autumn Splendor Lunch.”

Menu: Hearty White Bean Soup with Swiss Chard, Three Lettuce Salad, Petite Baguette, Apple Tart, Cinnamon Ice Cream. Award-winning Domaine de Manion wine.


Thursday, November 8, 2018, 11am to 3pm, $125.00 per person. Cooking Class with recipes from MiMi Thorisson’s cookbook, French Country Cooking.

Menu: Simple Vegetable Potage, Pumpkin Quiche with Bacon, Endive, Roquefort, and Walnut Salad, Everyday Pear Cake. Award-winning Domaine de Manion wine.


Thursday, December 13, 2018, 1pm to 3pm, $75.00 per person. “A Provence Dessert Tea” featuring many of the the Provençal Christmas “13 Desserts,” a southern French holiday tradition. THIS DATE FOR THIS TEA HAS SOLD OUT! Please contact Bonnie (tel) (760) 402-7600, if you are interested in organizing a private party for another date for “A Provence Dessert Tea” in December 2018.

Menu: Vanilla Lavender Canelés, Le Gibassier, Calissons d’Aix, Nougat Blanc, Dates Filled with Almond Paste.


 The Table is Set for You!

The Table is Set for You!



Please join me!

Merci Beaucoup, Bonnie

Bonnie Jo Manion

bonnie@vintagegardengal.com

(tel) (760) 402-7600

"Lunch in Provence" Cooking Classes
 Do You Recognize These?  These Are The Famed French Black Truffles!

Do You Recognize These?  These Are The Famed French Black Truffles!

 

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.

 

"Winter into Spring" SCHEDULE 2017 CULINARY EXPERIENCES

Sunday, February 12, 2017, 11am to 3pm, $120.00 per person or "Special Date Night," Thursday, February 16, 2017, 4:30pm to 7:30pm.

Celebrate "Valentine's Day" with Loved Ones. A dreamy seasonal menu created especially to share with your loved ones. Menu: Cream of Cauliflower Soup; RivaRose Brut; Marinated Flank Steak; Potato & Sorrel Gratin; Endive, Roquefort, and Walnut Salad; Domaine de Manion Wine, and Dark Chocolate Terrine with Orange Sauce.

 

Thursday, March 2, 2017 or Sunday, March 5, 2017, 11am to 3pm, $120.00 per person.  PLEASE NOTE: Sunday, March 5, 2017 is SOLD OUT with a private party.

"Spring Flavors from the Potager." This menu takes advantage of many spring flavors growing in the garden and lends a touch of elegance for a special occasion. Menu: Broccoli Soup with Homemade Croutons;  RivaRose Brut; Goat Cheese, Artichoke, and Smoked Ham Strata; Three Lettuce Salad with Hazelnut Vinaigrette; Sautéed Swiss Chard with Garlic & Lemon; Domaine de Manion Wine, and Homemade Pecan Rum Raisin Ice Cream.

 

Sunday, April 2, 2017 or Thursday, April 6, 2017, 11am to 3pm, $120.00 per person. 

"Celebrating Springtime Asparagus and Luscious Lemon." Asparagus and lemon flavors are two of the important and prevalent flavors in Provençal cuisine. I love to use flavors as a theme and weave them throughout a menu in a layering effect. In celebration of asparagus and lemon, this menu has both as flavor threads. Lunch Menu: Asparagus Soup with Lavender Lemon Creme; RivaRose Brut; Lemon Chicken; Domaine de Manion Wine; Spring Lettuces with Creamy Meyer Lemon Dressing; Spring Grain Salad with Asparagus & Meyer Lemon, and Lemon Tart.

"Lunch in Provence" Cooking Classes
 The Table is Set for Cooking Classes This Fall!

The Table is Set for Cooking Classes This Fall!

BIENVENUE!

Take the plunge, if you have been thinking of coming to a "Lunch in Provence" cooking class, a French culinary experience. Most dates below are still open.  PLEASE NOTE:  Sunday, October 9, 2016 and Sunday, November 13, 2016 classes are SOLD OUT!

"Lunch in Provence" at Domaine de Manion and experience a relaxing and enjoyable day of garden, vineyard, a multi-course cooking class and lunch, recipes, as well as a chance to shop.

Enjoy seasonal creative menus--using many of the prevalent flavors found in Provencal cuisine, and many of the ingredients grown at Domaine de Manion. Menus are subject to slight change due to availability.

Advance payment for your reservation can be placed online by shopping cart at www.bonniejomanion.com or by check or credit card. Please indicate which date and particular class you plan attending. These events are limited to 10 people, with a minimum of 6 people. 

Please contact Bonnie for more class information, information for those who are out-of-town, booking private classes of 6 or more, and group reservations at (760) 402-7600. No cancellation refunded within 72 hours of event day.

 

 Zucchini-Olive Oil Cake

Zucchini-Olive Oil Cake

FALL SCHEDULE 2016 CULINARY EXPERIENCES

Thursday, September 15, 2016 or Sunday, September 18, 2016, 11am to 3pm, $120.00 per person.

 "A Taste of French Country Cooking in California" I have been an avid advocate of marrying the best flavors of France and California for many years. September's culinary classes are lovingly adapted recipes from like-minded Theo Stephan's cookbook, Olive Oil and Vinegar for Life. Stephan calls her trademark style "Caliterranean." Lunch Menu: Peppered Almonds, RivaRose Brut, Mondo Short Rib Brioche Sliders, Hale the Kale Salad, Avocado Soup with Sesame Spice Garnish, Domaine de Manion Rhone Wine, and Zucchini-Olive Oil Cake.

 

Thursday, October 6, 2016 or Sunday, October 9, 2016, 11am to 3pm, $120.00 per person. PLEASE NOTE: Sunday, October 9, 2016 is SOLD OUT!

"Experience Autumn in Provence," with good company, great food, and a leisurely lunch with a view of our fall vineyard. October's culinary classes are lovingly adapted recipes from Jocelyne Sibuet, an author on French country living and designer of 7 boutique hotels with her husband, Jean-Luis. One of these properties is La Bastide de Marie (a former 18th-century farmhouse, now a charming boutique hotel), complete with vineyards, herb gardens, and olive and lemon trees, in Menerbes, a hilltop town in the Luberon region of Provence. I had the opportunity to visit this special property in 2008. Lunch Menu: Oven-Roasted Tomato & Fresh Thyme Tartines, RivaRose Brut, Eggplant Tian with Tomato Coulis and Herb-Marinated Goat Cheese, Beef Daube with Egg Noodles, Domaine de Manion Rhone Wine, and Plum-Almond Crumble with Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream.

 

Thursday, November 10, 2016 or Sunday November 13, 2016, 11am to 3pm, $120.00 per person. PLEASE NOTE:  Sunday, November 13, 2016 is SOLD OUT!

"Que Syrah, Syrah Lunch." Enjoy a spectacular fall lunch beautifully paired with our bold, rustic estate Domaine de Manion Syrah. November's culinary classes are lovingly adapted recipes from Contributing Editor Sara Foster at Cottage Living Magazine, remember that great magazine!Lunch Menu: Field Greens with Pears, Brussel Sprouts, Fennel, and Mint, RivaRose Brut, Cider Roasted Winter Squash, Herb Rotisserie Leg of Lamb with Mint Chimichurri, Domaine de Manion Syrah, and Caramel Apple Upside Down Olive Oil Cake.

 

Bon Appetit....Bonnie

Bonjour from Bonnie Jo Manion
 The Table is Set For Cooking Classes This Fall!

The Table is Set For Cooking Classes This Fall!

BIENVENUE!

"Lunch in Provence" at Domaine de Manion and experience a relaxing and enjoyable day of garden, vineyard, a multi-course cooking class and lunch, recipes, as well as a chance to shop.

Enjoy seasonal creative menus--using many of the prevalent flavors found in Provencal cuisine, and many of the ingredients grown at Domaine de Manion. Menus are subject to slight change due to availability.

Advance payment for your reservation can be placed online by shopping cart at www.bonniejomanion.com or by check or credit card. Please indicate which date and particular class you plan attending. These events are limited to 10 people, with a minimum of 6 people. 

Please contact Bonnie for more class information, information for out of towners, booking private classes of 6 or more, and group reservations at (760) 402-7600. No cancellation refunded within 72 hours of event day.

 

FALL SCHEDULE 2016 CULINARY EXPERIENCES

Thursday, September 15, 2016 or Sunday, September 18, 2016, 11am to 3pm, $120.00 per person.

 "A Taste of French Country Cooking in California" I have been an avid advocate of marrying the best flavors of France and California for many years. September's culinary classes are lovingly adapted recipes from like-minded Theo Stephan's cookbook, Olive Oil and Vinegar for Life. Stephan calls her trademark style "Caliterranean." Lunch Menu: Peppered Almonds, RivaRose Brut, Mondo Short Rib Brioche Sliders, Hale the Kale Salad, Avocado Soup with Sesame Spice Garnish, Domaine de Manion Rhone Wine, and Zucchini-Olive Oil Cake.

 

Thursday, October 6, 2016 or Sunday, October 9, 2016, 11am to 3pm, $120.00 per person.

"Experience Autumn in Provence," with good company, great food, and a leisurely lunch with a view of our fall vineyard. October's culinary classes are lovingly adapted recipes from Jocelyne Sibuet, an author on French country living and designer of 7 boutique hotels with her husband, Jean-Luis. One of these properties is La Bastide de Marie (a former 18th-century farmhouse, now a charming boutique hotel), complete with vineyards, herb gardens, and olive and lemon trees, in Menerbes, a hilltop town in the Luberon region of Provence. I had the opportunity to visit this special property in 2008. Lunch Menu: Oven-Roasted Tomato & Fresh Thyme Tartines, RivaRose Brut, Eggplant Tian with Tomato Coulis and Herb-Marinated Goat Cheese, Beef Daube with Egg Noodles, Domaine de Manion Rhone Wine, and Seasonal Fruit Crumble with Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream.

 

Thursday, November 10, 2016 or Sunday November 13, 2016, 11am to 3pm, $120.00 per person.

"Que Syrah, Syrah Lunch." Enjoy a spectacular fall lunch beautifully paired with our bold, rustic estate Domaine de Manion Syrah. November's culinary classes are lovingly adapted recipes from Contributing Editor Sara Foster at Cottage Living Magazine, remember that great magazine! Lunch Menu: Field Greens with Pears, Brussel Sprouts, Fennel, and Mint, RivaRose Brut, Cider Roasted Winter Squash, Herb Rotisserie Leg of Lamb with Mint Chimichurri, Domaine de Manion Syrah, and Caramel Apple Upside Down Olive Oil Cake.

 

Bon Appetit....Bonnie

"Bonjour" from Bonnie Jo Manion
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Feature Article in San Diego Home/Garden Magazine

 Amongst Brussel Sprout Plants in My Winter Potager

Amongst Brussel Sprout Plants in My Winter Potager

Writer Mark Hiss in his feature Q & A article, La Rose en Vie, asked me a few questions about my experience with being selected and honored by Miracle-Gro to ride on their beautiful float in the Tournament of Rose Parade, January 1, 2016. He asked me other pertinent questions about the state of gardening in San Diego under drought conditions, where gardeners can find good information and advice, and of course, why chickens. 

Read more online with the digital version, San Diego Home/Garden June 2016scroll to Table of Contents, and click on your desired article and/or page number. Thank you San Diego Home/Garden magazine!

 
 Fresh Strawberry Sorbet with Rustic Almond & Walnut Cookie

Fresh Strawberry Sorbet with Rustic Almond & Walnut Cookie

Spend the day in Provence at Domaine de Manion. Experience a relaxing and enjoyable day of garden, vineyard, a multi-course cooking demonstration and lunch, take away recipes, and a chance to shop. 

Bonnie's love for Provence and healthy Mediterranean cuisine has lead her to travel to Provence often, take cooking classes, explore the markets, follow favorite chefs, and meet culinary icons. She invites you to enjoy "A Taste of French Country Living" through her "Lunch in Provence" culinary events, gardening, design, and lifestyle. 

Bonnie recreates her "St. Remy Cooking Class" menu from last year with Chef Yvan Cadiou. Choice of two dates, Thursday, June 23, 2016, or Saturday June 25, 2016. Please specify your preferred date when signing up. Your day begins at 10:30am at Bonnie's home, Domaine de Manion. Cost is $150.00 per person, a $25.00 discount when you sign up online with a friend or loved one. Limited to ten people per class, and 5 person minimum.

For more information, and to sign up, please go to www.bonniejomanion.com or call (tel) (760) 402-7600, or email, bonnie@vintagegardengal.com

 

Recent Visit to NYC

 9/11 Memorial and Museum

9/11 Memorial and Museum

Sometimes a single rose can say so much. My first time to the 9/11 Memorial and 9/11 Museum on a beautiful June morning. It is so very moving, and hardly comprehensible that this September 2016 marks the 15th year since this horrific day.

  "High Line" Urban Walk Way with Empire State Building in Background

 "High Line" Urban Walk Way with Empire State Building in Background

You might have read about the "High Line" in garden design magazines, as it has become an urban landscape masterpiece.  Once an elevated historic railroad line on the west side of Manhattan which was a life line for the industrial manufacturing sector transporting food and industrial products for New York City, today it has become so much more.

Abandoned in 1980 and slated for demolition, two very savvy neighborhood residents got the idea of creating a 20 block walking park repurposing the elevated tracks. Enlisting Mayor Micheal Bloomberg and others, the project caught on and became reality in 2009.  Today it is a stunning peaceful public green urban walkway, with views of the Hudson River on the west and vibrant city views to the east.

 My Husband, John, Observing the Contrast of Urban vs Landscape on North Side of "High Line"

My Husband, John, Observing the Contrast of Urban vs Landscape on North Side of "High Line"

 
 Carly Cylinder (The Flower Chef), Taylor Morgan (Garden Collage), and Yours Truly

Carly Cylinder (The Flower Chef), Taylor Morgan (Garden Collage), and Yours Truly

Do You Know About Garden Collage?

Garden Collage is a great new award-winning website for gardeners. I first learned about Garden Collage, when I was introduced to one of their gifted writers, Taylor Morgan, at the Carlsbad "Field to Vase" Dinner last April. I guarantee you will enjoy this garden website immensely.

Experience last Aprils' event as if you were there, through Taylor Morgan's gorgeous photos and writing, Dinner Supports Local Food Flower Farmers. 

A Bientot!

 

 

"Lunch in Provence" Culinary Experiences with Bonnie
 Medjool Dates with Lavender Goat Cheese

Medjool Dates with Lavender Goat Cheese

Thursday, May 12, 2016, 10:30am.  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.

Spend the day in Provence at Domaine de Manion.  Experience a relaxing and enjoyable day of garden, vineyard, a multi-course cooking demonstration and lunch, take away recipes, and a chance to shop. 

Bonnie creates a seasonal menu--using many of the prevalent flavors found in Provencal cuisine, with many of the ingredients from her berry room, orchard, and potager.

Bonnie's love for Provence and healthy Mediterranean cuisine has lead her to travel to Provence often, take cooking classes, explore the markets, follow favorite chefs, and meet culinary icons. She invites you to enjoy "A Taste of French Country Living" through her "Lunch in Provence" culinary events, gardening, design, and lifestyle. 

For more information and to sign up, please go to www.bonniejomanion.com or call (tel) (760) 402-7600.

"Bonjour" from Bonnie Jo Manion
 Rose Parade New Year's Day 2016, photo by Deborah Hall

Rose Parade New Year's Day 2016, photo by Deborah Hall

 Practicing My Wave on the Float, photo by John Manion

Practicing My Wave on the Float, photo by John Manion

Miracle-Gro Float, Rose Parade

New Year's Day 2016

My year started off with a big "bang" after being selected to ride and symbolically represent California gardening on the Miracle-Gro Float New Year's Day in Pasadena. The float was so beautiful, incorporating several themes; 1) Certified California Grown (CA Grown) with 100% of the flowers, seeds, and materials grown in California, 2) California Spanish Missions representing the past, present, and future of the rich agricultural history of California, 3) Nature's pollinators in the form of birds, bees, and butterflies, and 4) Drought-tolerant plants.

Miracle-Gro is the Official Rose and Flower Care Company of the Tournament of Roses for the fourth year in a row. This year was special as their float won the Governor's Trophy--Best Depiction of Life in California. This historic parade draws one million spectators along the parade route and approximately 82 million television viewers.

 

French Country Cooking Class

Early Spring Menu

Thursday, March 3, 2016

 Blue Cheese Souffle

Blue Cheese Souffle

We first "meet and greet" at a cozy local Parisian-style bakery for coffee and croissants. A ten minute drive, and we are at Domaine de Manion. Your class begins with a garden and vineyard tour while gathering some fresh ingredients for our lunch. Next we head into "my French kitchen" for a cooking class/demonstration, and a leisurely lunch. After lunch there is a chance to shop. Everyone leaves with take-home recipes, and colorful memories.  

Classes are generally 9:30am - 2pm. Cost is $150.00 per person. You can sign up online at Cooking Classes. Sign up with a friend or a loved one--to share this experience with you and receive a special discount. For information and questions, contact Bonnie at (760) 402-7600.

A Taste of French Cooking in California

"LE MENU"

Blue Cheese Souffle

Asparagus Soup with Lavender Lemon Cream

Arugula Salad with Walnut Vinaigrette

Meyer Lemon Provence Tart

 

 

San Francisco Flower Show

March 16-20, 2016

Speaking Engagements

I am so excited to speaking at the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show in San Mateo, California this year, one of the best garden shows on the West Coast. Please join me for:

--Saturday, March 19, 2016 on Urban Homestead Stage, at 3:45pm, "Companion Gardening with Backyard Chickens"

--Sunday, March 20, 2016 at the Floral Pavillon, at 10:30am, "Bringing the Magic of Provence to Your Home and Garden"