The Brilliance of France

Embark on a journey imbued with history and romance when you enjoy French wines and cuisine fit for a queen. Following the imperial route taken by Napoleon’s Spanish-born wife, the Empress Eugenie de Montijo, the evening’s luxurious dinner will retrace her introduction to the land over which she would reign by featuring courses from each of four destinations known to have lavished her with their gastronomy.

Travel with the lady—married for love by Napoleon (his later affairs notwithstanding) and renowned for her beauty, intelligence, elegance, and fashion sense—as you dine in style: first, in the City of Lights, with a Parisian appetizer and aperitif; then in Bordeaux, where a brilliant wine will accent your second plate; thirdly in Eugénie-les-Bains, a spa-resort town named for the empress and home to some of southwestern France’s best wines; and, finally, in Biarritz, where dessert and a digestif will end your trip on a high note.

Helping to recapture the splendor of the original adventure will be the celebrated Chef Philippe Ruiz of the Biltmore Hotel and two masters who today continue the same traditions that impressed the empress more than 150 years ago: Chef Pascal Nibaudeau from Le Pressoir d’Argent at the Regent Grand Hotel Bordeaux, which in 2010 earned a coveted Michelin star; and Chef Jean-Marie Gautier from Le Villa Eugenie at the Hôtel du Palais in Biarritz, which likewise has earned a Michelin star and countless other distinctions. Offered at one of Coral Gables’ most admired addresses, don’t miss this lovely excursion.

The wines chosen to accompany this sumptuous Tour de France will originate from acclaimed châteauxs in France’s most prestigious wine region, Bordeaux. You’ll start with the dry white wine of Château Suduiraut, “S” de Suduiraut and then proceed to taste two highly acclaimed red wine producers including the famed Grand Cru Classé Château Pichon-Longueville, Baron de Longueville, and then finish on a sweet note with the celebrated Sauternes of Château Suduiraut, Grand Cru Classé.

Participating Chefs:

  • Chef Pascal Nibaudeau, from Le Pressoir d’Argent at The Regent Grand Hotel Bordeaux
  • Chef Jean-Marie Gautier, from Le Villa Eugenie at the Hôtel du Palais in Biarritz

Date: Thursday, Feb 24, 2011

Time: 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm




The Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables

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