“The French ritual of l’apéritif, unlike the American cocktail hour, involves a light drink… and a few bites of something delicious to whet the appetite.” — Mona Talbott, T Style magazine (New York Times)
French Cocktail Hour, or apéritif à la française, is a unique tradition celebrated in France and throughout Southern Europe and this year, I’m joining 999 other folks in the United States who are hosting a French Cocktail Hour party in addition to those that are celebrating in 19 countries and 28 cities around the world. The event is to promote French wines, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres!
Complete with festive decorations, French music in the background, some party favors and of course, lots of French wines and French inspired fare, tonight our Fantastique French Cocktail Hour Party was a success! Below is the menu I prepared and feel free to click on the links for recipes!
(mussels in white wine)
(cold potato & leek soup)
Salade d’Endives, Noix et Roquefort
(endive salad with roquefort, walnuts & cranberries)
Pomme de Terre Farci avec Sanglier
(wild boar stuffed potatoes)
(toasted, open faced sandwiches)
mozzarella, tomato & basil
Mousse au Chocolat
Crepes de Banane et Nutella
(banana and Nutella crepes)
To help our guests spread out a bit (since our place isn’t quite that big) I had various food and drink stations throughout: