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"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.

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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
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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!

 

 

"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"

 

News & Updates From Bonnie
Thrilled to Meet Ty Pennington, Fellow Miracle-Groer and Celebrity Spokesperson

Thrilled to Meet Ty Pennington, Fellow Miracle-Groer and Celebrity Spokesperson

Kick Off to Rose Parade

I've been invited to be a float participant and what they call a "Miracle-Groer" for Miracle-Gro's "California Grown" float in this coming New Year's Tournament of Roses Parade. I will be representing California home gardening, and in a symbolic gesture will be bringing plant material and flowers from my own garden to be used on the actual float. For more info, please read my post, A Special Invitation.

Two days before Thanksgiving there was a community event "Kick Off to the Rose Parade" at the Pasadena John Muir High School's incredible school garden where there was a flurry of activities from installing a new pollinator garden, handing out turkeys to the community, a delicious garden-to-table lunch, a media opportunity, and a "Meet and Greet" with many of the "Movers and Shakers" including Miracle-Gro Executives, California Grown Officials, School Officials, Rose Bowl Officials, and Pasadena City Officials.

My fellow Miracle-Groers are Ty Pennington, Mud Baron (Heads up Pasadena School Garden Program) from Los Angeles Region, Harry Van Wingerden of Myriad Flowers from Santa Barbara Region, Mel Resendiz of Resendiz Brothers Protea Growers from San Diego County, and Susan Phillips from Fresno Region.

Second Year Miracle-Gro Has Sponsored JM High School Garden

Second Year Miracle-Gro Has Sponsored JM High School Garden


Carolyne Roehm Coming to San Diego

The Village Garden Club of La Jolla is pleased to present Style Icon and Lifestyle Maven, Carolyne Roehm for their "Meet the Masters 2016" program on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 12 noon, at the Prado in Balboa Park, San Diego.

The VGCLJ opens this event to non-member or guests, reservations are $125.00 per person, which includes valet parking, luncheon, and program. Carolyne's latest book, At Home in the Garden, will be for sale and available for signing.

To make your reservation please send checks payable to VGLJ to: Bonnie Manion, 1279 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas, CA  92024. For more information, feel free to contact Susie Dentt at (619) 447-2101 or myself, Bonnie Manion at (tel) (760) 402-7600. Feel free to pass this flyer and information to your friends. It is going to be a terrific event.