Food and Wine magazine’s executive wine editor Ray Isle (one of the featured speakers at this year’s festival) joked on the evening of the gathering’s cornerstone event, the Saturday night dinner with Jean-Charles le Bault of Domaine Bonneau du Martray.
“It’s my first time eating at Frasca Food and Wine,” he noted while speaking with the restaurant’s wine director and co-owner Bobby Stuckey, “and tonight it’s not an Italian restaurant but a French one!”
Executive chef and co-owner Lachlan Patterson’s menu is usually devoted to the delights of Italian gastronomy (and Friulian cuisine in particular).
Above: Food and Wine magazine executive wine editor Ray Isle (left) chats with Jean-Charles.
But on the night of Jean-Charles’ visit, he created a Francophone menu especially for the occasion.
Bobby reminded us that before moving to Napa Valley in 2001 to begin cooking at the French Laundry, Lachlan had lived, cooked, and studied in France — honing his skills in some of its most prestigious kitchens — for nearly two years.
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