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Summer at La Table Provencale

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

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Isn’t this the best time of year?  Fresh garden vegetables are being harvested daily from our bountiful garden.  I love the warm tomatoes, ripened by the hot summer sun, picked at 4:00 and served at 6:00.  The chef’s love this time of year when they have the freshest and best of the season to create tasty, scrumptious dishes, right from our gardens and from local farms in our Virginia farm to table restaurant La Table Provencale here at the inn.

Dining on the terrace has also been a favorite for our guests with the  breeze of the evening gently blowing.  It is a great time of the year to dine Al Fresco or in our Sun Room.

The restaurant La Table Provencale has just won the Best of the Award of Excellence for our extensive wine list for 2013. Peruse our over 1,000 choices on the wine list and find something cool and crisp for  to go with the lighter fare of summer.

The orchard is providing us with lots of fruits, peaches, apricots, cherries, plums and the apples are ripening on the trees. Chef Scott, and Chef Barbara are have a new dessert, The Peach Explosion.  Peach Crisp, Peach Pecan Ice Cream, Vanilla Panna Cotta, Peach Basil Compote, Grilled Peach with Raspberry Cream.   Yummy seasonal tastes and textures.  And Pears are on their way!

 

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Shenandoah Valley :: Spring Has Arrived in Provence

Friday, May 24th, 2013

 

Shenandoah Valley farm to table

Jessica our new gardener, planting our crops here at the inn with the cows watching over

The inn gardens in Shenandoah Valley are in full swing here at L’Auberge Provencale.  We are harvesting all our fresh herbs, lettuce, radishes, sorrel, chives and garlic from the garden already.  I can almost taste the fresh tomatoes that will be here soon.

Some bunnies have taken an interest in the garden as well.  I know they are everyone’s furry friends, but in this case they can be just a little pesky.  It is a good thing they are so very cute.

The orchard has been trimmed this year by a local orchard expert and the trees have not been hit by a frost.  It looks like it will be a good year for peaches, plums, pears, apples, cherries, apricots, nectarines and even paw paws.  The trees are loaded with fruit and are going to produce a mighty harvest this year.  We will keep Barbara busy making her famous jams, jellies, chutneys and infused oils and vinegar.

We are also getting fresh morels, fiddle head ferns and local asparagus.  This time of year is the favorite of our chefs with the freshest and best available.  Chef Scott and Chef Garrett are making tasty morsels for our Spring menu and for our customers this is the best time of year to visit and dine with us at our farm to table restaurant La Table Provencale at our Shenandoah Valley Inn.

Shenandoah Valley farm

Baby sheep grazing in the lush grass of our neighbors farm by the Villa La Campagnette

Apple Blossom Time in the Orchard

Apple Blossom Time in the Orchard

A Shenandoah Valley Thanksgiving

Friday, November 9th, 2012

The Shenandoah Valley local farming community has been busy this year preparing for an authentic Shenandoah Valley Thanksgiving. We can procure so much of our harvest dinner from Farm to Table. Fields of Athenry is supplying us with some super White Turkey (the breed) this year which we will be brine and roast with our special blend of herbs and seasonings from the fields and garden. In a playful way we are de-constructing the usual sides and finding fun and whimsical ways to showcase some traditional dishes.

Shenandoah Valley Thanksgiving

Smoked Hickory Syrup Foie Gras

Hickory Syrup, harvested from local hickory trees will be featured on this year menu. We have been loving it for its nutty smokey flavors. The process unlike maple syrup which is tapped, is made by smoking hickory bark and harvesting the syrup. It is just fabulous! Wild boar, sweet potato confit, Pumpkin butter, with fresh foraged Juniper Jus, mushroom bread pudding and funyun powder and smoked hickory syrup foie gras make this a truly mouth watering feast. Arrive early to the Shenandoah Valley and take a crisp walk at the Virginia State Arboretum before or after dinner, just minutes from our Northern Virginia Bed & Breakfast.

Call early for reservations: 1-540-837-1375. We will be serving from 12:00-7:00 pm.

We all should take a few minutes to be thankful for all the blessings of the year. Here at L’Auberge Provencale we also will be sending our prayers to our fellowman in New York and New Jersey who are still facing so many challenges.

 

Wine Dinner From the Land Down Under in Sept. 2012!

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012
Land Down Under Wine Tasting Dinner

Shrimp on the Barbie

Our September 2012 wine dinner should prove as great a time for our guests at our past wine dinners were sold out events in both July and August. You may not want to miss this one.

We are traveling to Australia and New Zealand for a tasting of some world class wines and interesting finds. Did you know there are now some really great Pinot Noir wines from boutique wineries in New Zealand that are sure to become the rage? We will be tasting a few, along with some bright Sauvignon Blanc, luscious Shiraz, Pinot Gris, and Cabernets from the lands of OZ and NZ. Jason Bise from the Country Vintner will be on hand to give his usual brilliant talks about the wines and the wine makers. You will be delighted with his presentation.

The wine dinner starts at 1:00 on Sunday, September 9th. Usually we wrap up around 5:00 with 7 fabulous courses. Also, we are featuring food products from the regions such as New Zealand Mussels, Fried Alligator, Lemon Myrtle, Bush tomato, Aspen Honey Soy Sauce, all exotic ingredients of the Pacific rim. This wine dinner should prove exciting both for the food and the wine. Lots of our guests have made wine friends and are returning for every dinner. So book early and reserve your spot in our Shenandoah Valley Inn.

Here is a peak at the menu:

Land Down Under Wine Tasting

Sunday, September 9, 2012   Time: 1 – 5PM

 

On The Table:

Chico Rolls

Fried Alligator/ Fried Crocodile Fritters

New Zealand Mussel, Garlic, Butter Garden Herbs

Pikes Riesling 2010, Mt. Eden Valley, OZ

Coriole Sangiovese/Shiraz 2010, Hunter Valley, OZ

First Course:

Grilled Shrimp On The Barbie in a Mango Gazpacho

Plantagenet “Hazard Hill” Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Mr. Barker, OZ

Hope Estate Verdehlo 2010, Hunter Valley, OZ

Second Course:

Australian Thai Corn and Lime Soup, Shitake Mushrooms, Lemon

Sashimi of Ocean Trout, Cucumber, Pomelo, Verjus Jelly

Hayshed Hill Chardonnay 2010, Margaret River, OZ

Seresin Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Marlborough, NZ

Third Course:

Pickled Beet Salad, Zucchini, Lemon, Chervil, Shaved Fennel, Mozzarella

Pan-Seared Barramundi, Leeks, Lemon Myrtle, Munthari Berry Butter Sauce

Maude Pinot Gris 2011, Central Otago, NZ

Lawsons Dry Hills Gewurztraminer 2009, Marlborough, NZ

Fourth Course:

Juniper Crusted New Zealand Venison Loin, Boundin Noir, Baby Beetroot, Pear and Parsnip Mousse

Grilled Quail, Foie Gras Tortellini, Sweet Potato Brioche, Rose Geranium Sauce

Neudorf Pinot Noir ‘moutere Road’ 2009, Nelson, NZ

Maude Pinot Noir ‘Mt Maude’ 2009, Central Otago, NZ

Fifth Course:

Akudjura Crusted Blackened Salmon Cutlets, Pepperberry Potato Cake/Lemon Myrtle, Fettuccine, Lemon, Aspen Honey Soy Sauce

Grilled Australian Lamb Lollipop, Caramelized Onion, Shaved Cucumber, Lettuce Puree

Gibson Barossa Old Vine Shiraz 2003, Barossa, OZ

West Cape Howe Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Bookends’ 2009, Great Southern, OZ

Dessert:

Pavlova, Berries, Lemon Cream

Coconut Pudding, Yuzu Jelly, Lychee Sorbet, Oatmeal Tuille

Talijancich Solera White, Swan Valley, OZ

$125 Per Person

The Italians are Coming to our Virginia Wine Country Inn!

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

We are not sure they will be driving their Ferraris but on Sunday, August 5, 2012, we are going to Italy for an afternoon gathering of fine food, fine wine, and fine conversation at our Virginia Wine Country Inn.

Italian Wine Dinners at our Virginia Wine Country Inn These Ferraris were lined up in Monaco just roaring to get to L’Auberge Provencale, our French Country Inn and Restaurant for our Al Fresco dinner. Chef Benedict Zappone and his team are creating Italian family recipes paired with fine wines from Italy presented by Jason Bise of the Country Vintner.

As one patron told us yesterday, “I have been to wine dinners a lot, but yours is so different. The food is terrific, the best, and the wines are paired perfectly.”

Our recent wine dinners this summer have been quite a hit, and you may want to reserve early for this event as it is booking up fast. (Winey and Cheesey think as fast as a Ferrari.) It is a great way to spend time with family and friends gathering in the Shenandoah Valley for a leisurely afternoon. Life at it’s best. Come join us…there is no passport required.

To whet your appetite, here is the menu for the afternoon in Italy..

An Afternoon Gathering in Italy

Sunday August 5, 2012

On the Table:

Bruschetta

Our Garden Tomato, Mozzarella, Basil, Balsamic Vinegar

Nino-Franco ‘Rustico’ Prosecco,    Veneto

First Course:

Proscuitto and Garden Melon

Fields of Anthenry Beef Carpaccio- Mache, Capers, Pecorino Romano, Truffle Vinaigrette

Coreggia Roero Arneis 2011,   Piemonte

Arepe Rosso di Valtellina 2009,    Lombardia

Second Course:

Grilled Summer Vegetables from The Inn Garden-Eggplant, Zucchini,

Yellow Squash, Red Peppers, Olive Oil, Balsamic

Wild Mushroom Lasagna with Mushroom Cream Sauce

Massone ‘Masera’ Gavi 2011,   Piemonte

Sperino ‘Uvaggio’ Lessona 2008,     Piemonte

Third Course:

Pan Seared Bronzini and Herb Gnocchi-Shiitake Mushrooms, Fava Beans, Lemon Butter

Risotto Alla Piemontese- Meat Broth, Nutmeg, Parmesan, Truffle

Contratto Brut 2007,     Oltrepo-Pavese

Vajra ‘Albe’ Barolo 2007,    Piemonte

Fourth Course:

Rabbit Cacciatore Over Soft Rosemary Polenta, Tomato, Olive, Peppers, Red

Pollo Potenza-Braised Chicken, Tomato, Onion, White Wine, Pepperoncino, Basil

Parsley, Pecorino

Venica Pinot Grigio ‘Jesera’ 2011,        Collio

La Giaretta Amarone della Valpolicella 2008,    Veneto

Fifth Course:

Lamb Osso Bucco with Pappardelle Pasta, Lamb Jus

Veal Valdostana-Veal Cutlet with Ham, Fontina Cheese, Lemon Butter

Elena Walch ‘Kastelaz’ Merlot Reserve 2001,    Alto-Adige

Vie di Romans ‘Flor Unis’ Bianco 2009,    Friuli

Dessert:

Tiramisu- Biscotti, Peach Sorbetto

La Spinetta ‘Quaglia’ Moscato 2011,      Piemonte

Call to make Your Reservation at our Italian Wine Dinner: 800.638.1702

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Enjoy a romantic evening of love this Valentine’s Day!

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

 

Come for a Lover’s Valentine’s Day Dinner

Tuesday Feb. 14th 2012

Come Stay at our Virginia Inn For a Romantic Evening of Love

Romantic Virginia B&B

 

Bring your Sweetheart, We’ll do the Rest.

A Rose for each Valentine Couple & a box of Gourmet Housemade Truffles…

 

Valentine's Day Dinner at our Virginia B&B An elegant, romantic setting…

An intimate Dinner for Two…

An evening to remember…

What better way to say “I Love You”

Dinner seating from 6pm – 9pm

3 Course Prefixe $64.00 / person

5 Course Prefixe $88.00/ person

A Lover’s Dinner for 2 $195.00

5 NIGHTS of ROMANCE

Stay at least one night from Feb 10th thru Feb 14th

Choose any available room or suite at our romantic Virginia B&B and

Receive Complimentary ~French Restaurant in Northern Virginia

  • Flameless Candles
  • Silk Rose Petals
  • Chocolate Covered Strawberries
  • A Bottle of Champagne
All in your room when you return from dining at our romantic French restaurant in Northern Virginia!
(A $138.00 Value) FREE

VALENTINE’S DAY MENU

WINE SPECIALS

RED
ST ESTEPHE, CHATEAU MEYNEY, 1998
145.00
WHITE
CHARDONNAY, RED SHOULDER RANCH,
SHAFER, NAPA, 2003
89.00

ARTISAN CHEESE

Housemade Pear and Raisin Chutney Tapenade,
Balsamic Reduction & Crostinis
3 Pieces 16.00
5 Pieces 24.00
IRISH DUBLINER
Sharp with Notes of Hay, Light Creaminess, Sweet Finish
FOURME D’A MBERT
Cow’s Milk, Creamy, Butter, Smooth Texture and Full Taste
BRILLAT  SAVARIN AFFINÉ
Soft Ripened, Cow Milk, Luscious, Crusty, Faintly Sour
LE BEFFROI MIMOLETTE FRANÇAISE
Hard Cow’s Milk, Hazelnut Flavors, Intensely Fruity
PETIT BASQUE
Medium-Firm with a Pungent Smell and a
Mild Flavored Sheep’s Milk

LOVERS MENU FOR 2

FIRST COURSE
NANTUCKET OYSTERS
Champagne Vinegar, Tomato-Horseradish, Ginger-Sriracha
SECOND COURSE
MAINE DIVER SCALLOPS
Braised Endive, Kumquat Confit, Sage
THIRD COURSE
HUDSON VALLEY DUCK CONSUMME
Duck Confit Ravioli, Slow Cooked Egg, Leeks
FOURTH COURSE
CARNAROLI RICE RISOTTO
Wild Foraged Mushrooms, Shaved Black Truffle
FIFTH COURSE
SNAKE RIVER WAGYU BEEF CULOTTE
Hudson Valley Foie Gras, Cabernet Reduction
DESSERT
PASSIONFRUIT BRULEE
195 Per Couple
Wine Pairing Additional 62 per Person
Service Non Compris
Six Course Tasting Menu and Three Course Menu
In Same Party Is Not Recommended

LES ENTRÉES

Three or Five Course Menu : Please Choose One
SLOW COOKED VEAL CHEEKS
Farro Risotto, Parmesan & Local Squash
RABBIT TERRINE
Pickled Shallots, Turnips, Wisteria Greens,
Glazed Kohlrabi, Cider Mustard Dressing
CREAM OF THREE ONION SOUP
Beer Cippolinis, Roast Gruyere Tuile,
House Cured Crispy Pork, Garlic Brioche Croutons
MIXED GREENS & ROQUETTE SALAD
Shaved & Marinated Vegetables, Aged Blue Cheese, Honey~Truffle Vinaigrette

LA DEUXIEME SUITE

Five Course Menu : Please Choose One
BEET SALAD
Yuzu Gelée, Bacon, Pistachio, Goat Cheese
HOUSE~MADE CRAB RAVIOLI
Pumpkin Purée, Red Onion Marmelade, Sauce Américaine
FOIE GRAS TERRINE
Quince, Almond, Candied Lemon

TROU NORMAND

Five Course Menu
PEAR COMPOTE, PEAR SORBET, BITTER LEMON SODA

VIANDES  ET POISSONS

Three or Five Course Menu : Please Choose One
DAY BOAT RED GROUPER
Cauliflower, Wild Mushrooms, Capers,
Brown Butter Emulsion
ROASTED SQUAB
Coffee Scented Macomber Turnip,
Glazed Chestnuts, Brussel Sprouts
BLACK BARLEY
Wild Foraged Mushrooms, Vegetables,
Truffle Vinaigrette
KUROBUTA PORK BELLY
Lentils, Glazed Salsify, Celery Root,
Pomegranate, Royal Trumpets
PAN~SEARED TILE FISH
Black Trumpet Mushrooms, Roasted
Spaghetti Squash, Red Wine Shellfish Sauce
WAGYU BEEF CULOTTE
Mustard Greens, Pistachio Butter,
Beer Braised Onions
Three Course Menu (Includes Amuse Bouche and Dessert, After Dinner Treat) 64 per Person
Five Course Menu (Includes Amuse Bouche, Intermezzo, Dessert, and After Dinner Treat) 88 per Person
~ Service Non Compris

 

 

Great List of New Desserts at L’Auberge Provencale

Monday, January 9th, 2012

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We are currently featuring a great list of new desserts at L’Auberge Provencale. We’ve introduced some sweet-tooth and taste-bud-pleasing winners on the Dessert Menu at our French Restaurant in Northern Virginia!

Filo Cinnamon Apple Crisp Appletini Sorbet

Dried Apple Chips, Chateau Hallet Sauterne Sauce, Maple Cream

Flight of Sorbets

Strawberry, Pineapple, Kiwi, Cornucopia Tuile

Warm Clementine Maltaise

Spanish Clementines Grand Marnier Sabayon

Best Restaurant in Virginia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chocolate French Connection

Hazelnut Mousse, Chocolate Bête Noir, Mocha Sorbet,

Chambord Pot au Crème, Grand Marnier Ganache

Trio of Banana

Banana Bread Pudding with Armagnac Anglaise,

Banana Foster on Vanilla Cheese-cake,

Banana Cream Tart

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We hope to see you soon at our Romantic Virginia B&B!

Our First Living Social Cooking Class a Success!

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Shenandoah Valley Bed and Breakfast

The first Living Social Cooking Class at our Shenandoah Valley Bed and Breakfast was held Wednesday Dec 21.

The participants’ summary of the hands-on experience was “Perfect”, “Fabulous”, “What Fun”…

They enjoyed working hard at preparing:

-Roasted Squab

-Coffee Scented Macomber Turnips

-Glazed Chestnuts

-Brussel Sprouts

To the left you can see Chef Jacob Jananski tasting the fare prepared by guests at our Shenandoah Valley Restaurant.

Argentina Wine Tasting

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Argentina Asado & Wine Tasting

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 25, 2011

2PM- 6PM

Join Madame Celeste Borel, Senor Gonzales, and the Chefs of L’Auberge Provençale for an afternoon on the terrace…Traditional grilled meats and seafood will be served buffet style, while you sip bold and hearty Argentinian wine and enjoy one last summer day dining Al Fresco.

LIVE MUSIC BY THE J.N.G.’S

CALL TO RESERVE NOW, LIMITED SEATING

540.837.1375

Shenandoah Valley Inn

$125 per Person

Includes Wine, Food, Tax, and Gratuity, Credit Card Required to Hold Reservation

$165 On ANY Premier Room or Suite

Valid only on stay Sunday, September 25, 2011

Includes Gourmet Breakfast for Two at our Shenandoah Valley Inn

Must attend wine tasting. Not valid with any other discount.

Check In 3:00pm    Check Out 11:00am

Zucchini Bread

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Pastry Chef Duane Copeland is spoiling us with this month’s sweet treat recipe from L’Auberge Provencale. Be sure to try it out and tell us what you think!

Northern Virginia Bed and Breakfast

ZUCCHINI BREAD
Makes Four 8 x 4 pans

Ingredients:

-3 Eggs

-2 Cups Sugar

– 1 Tablespoon Vanilla

-1 Cup Flour

-1 Teaspoon Salt

-2 Teaspoons Baking Soda

-1/4 Teaspoon Baking Powder

-1 Cup Chopped Nuts

-5/8 c. or 5 oz. of oil

– 2 Cups Zucchini (unpeeled and put through blender or grated)

 

Directions:

Step One: Mix eggs, sugar, oil, and vanilla. Set aside.

Step Two: In separate bowl blend flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and nuts. Add egg mixture from step one to flour mixture, mixing well.

Step Three: Fold zucchini into dough.

Step Four: Pour into 4 loaf pans 8″ x 4″ (or cook one at a time) and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Step Five: Remove from pan while still hot, let rest for at least 10-15 minutes and serve warm with butter.

 

ENJOY

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