"St. Remy Cooking Class" Menu
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. 

In June, 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. See menu below. 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

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"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

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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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.

 


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. 

Visit my blog pages for some ideas on designing and styling with garden antiques and vintage container designs.

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