Themed dinner parties are popular with a number of our clients and when two members of the team decided to visit Bordeaux it gave us an ideal opportunity to explore trends in Bordelaise cooking and to meet some of the growers who produce some of the world’s finest wines. Bordeaux is a delightful and historic city boasting some extremely well preserved and presented Rococo architecture and a large university. At night the St. Pierre Quarter is alive with locals and students meeting up for aperitifs to be followed by a meal at any of the countless restaurants and bars which fill the streets there. Tapas are now very much in evidence. Not only in the Spanish restaurants which are popular in Bordeaux but also in many of the wine bars which are well represented throughout the city. Delicious plates of Charcuterie or Cheeses accompanied by artisan bread to be washed down with excellent wines at reasonable prices. Where else can you order a 2009 Margaux by the glass accompanied by Sottocenere – Italian cheese with dotted throughout with pieces of black truffle. Typical dishes from the region are duck confit, cote de Boeuf and Tarte aux Prune with Armagnac. Not to forget the local version of Profiteroles – canneles Bordelaise with their crusty exterior and soft vanilla and rum centres. For anyone wanting to learn about wine in general, the official Bordeaux l’ecole de Vin, runs tasting and informative courses lasting from two hours to a week. If you’re interested, click here. Although the visit only lasted four nights we were able to absorb some of the feel of the area to incorporate into our collection of French recipes which Personal Chef Francoise Fielding offers in our Private Catering service. In short, Bordeaux, with it’s long history of exporting wine to England, is well worth a visit. Next on our list – Madrid.