Behind the Scenes in Provence
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Snail farming or héliciculture in French (from the scientific term Helix which is one of the varieties of snails that can be farmed) is making a come-back. They aren’t really completely free-range as the giant pens have an electric fence so that they don’t just wonder off and so that their natural predators, like hedge hogs and birds don’t get there first.
The 10th Annual Mont Ste. Victoire Wine Rally takes place on Saturday October 15th 2011. The rally is one of the most enjoyable ways of discovering the AOC: Côte de Provence Sainte Victoire. Team up with some friends and select a designated driver. Then you are off for a full day excursion to visit the different vineyards at the foot of Cezanne’s favorite mountain.
Three Star Michelin chef, Alain Passard of l’Arpège in Paris has published « Collage & Recettes » which is an illustrated cookbook of 48 recipes featuring his own collage work. The collages were recently on exhibit in Cassis where Mr. Passard spent a long weekend as the guest of honour at the grape harvest festival.