The flavors of France were perfectly captured in a magical meal served at Pine Run Retirement Village on October 18. Chef Doug Runyen delivered an idyllic dining experience at every level, from French wine and cheese selections, to a tasty grilled peach salad course, and a juicy combination plate of sliced beef tenderloin and a traditional bouillabaisse featuring generous nuggets of shrimp, scallops, and clams in a saffron broth.
These theme dinners, staged in the auditorium at the Village, are special occasions that give the dining team chance to unleash creativity while residents relish sharing a unique meal with friends and exchanging travel memories.
The splendor of the tables set with ultramarine linens, sparkling wine goblets, and fragrant floral arrangements set the tone for the elegant evening event. “It’s all about the sense of adventure,” said guest Peg Wright. “The glowing centerpiece of Eiffel Tower made us imagine we were enjoying a dinner cruise on the Seine.”
The decadent feast concluded with a tarte tropezienne, a light, creamy dessert created in St. Tropez in the 1950s. A sweet brioche, filled with a mixture of vanilla and lemon cream, was garnished with fresh berries. The treat was made famous by glamorous Brigitte Bardot when she made the film …And God Created Woman in the 1960’s.