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What’s the best treatment for a case of stymied wanderlust? When travel isn’t in the cards, you can still nourish body and soul with exquisite food from bucket-list locations. For those who dream of wining and dining their way across France (and honestly, who doesn’t?), there’s a wealth of Gallic flavours to be explored at Lapinou Bistro’s new Regions of France wine and dinner series.
Launched in October and taking place every Sunday night through to January, Lapinou Bistro’s dinner series celebrates the unique flavours of four of France’s centres for wine and gastronomy: the Loire Valley, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Mediterranean France.
“We were really excited to get back to what we do best – hosting special dinner experiences,” says the team at the King West neo-bistro. “What better way to do it than by showcasing our favourite wines from our favourite places.” Each dinner in the series includes three courses paired with favourite bottles from small producers.
The menus “are a Lapinou expression of classics. … Our restaurant works with small farmers and suppliers using only the freshest and [most] seasonal ingredients. The menu is always evolving,” adds the team.
For the month of October, the series will explore the Loire Valley. This area “is home to some of France’s most esteemed and long-lived wines,” reads the October menu. “Loire’s rich and long-standing tradition and commitment to quality wine production has earned the region as a whole a reputation for world-class wines.”
Every Sunday throughout the month of October, for $125 per person, diners can feast on baked camembert with spiced walnuts and cranberry paired with Château de Parnay Chemin des Murs 2019, a Chenin Blanc from Saumur, Loire. Braised short rib accompanied by pearl onions, spinach, mushrooms and truffle pavé follows, alongside a Cabernet Franc named Manoir de la Tête Rouge ‘Bagatelle’ 2019. Dessert is a nonnette cake with poached pear and vanilla ice cream accompanied by Château Calvimont Cérons 2009.
The series continues with Bordeaux in November, Burgundy in December and Mediterranean France in January.
Those wishing to explore the regions of France “the Lapinou way” can reserve a table through the Lapinou Bistro website or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.