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No Grocery Store, Day 198 – Dai Due Bastille Day Dinner July 19, 2010

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Day 198 was a local food extravaganza.  I had a ticket to the Dai Due Bastille Day Dinner so for breakfast I had two scrambled Vital Farm eggs with Wateroak Chevre.  I skipped lunch to save up for the food porn to come.

I hadn’t been to the Hotel Saint Cecilia since it was the Miller-Crocket house and barely recognized it.  Gorgeous, and there has been a lot of space added and tons of renovations.  The grounds are lovely.

Cocktails were being poured outside, either Pastis (Herbsaint) or Champagne Peach Cocktail.  I tried the Pastis, but switched to the Champagne Cocktail.  You have to really be in the mood for liqorice, and I guess I was not.

Champagne Peach Cocktail

The passed hors douvres were Guine Liver Mousse on Toast or (Mousse de Foie de Pintade).

Guinea Liver Mousse

These were outstanding.  After visiting outside for a while, we were encouraged to come in for dinner.  There were storms nearby, so it was breezy and not at all oppressive, but inside was cool.  First Course was a Pig Trotter Croquette with Marinated Cucumbers. (Pied du Cochon Frite aux Concombres Marinees).  This was served with a Gewurtztraminer and it went together beautifully.  The croquette was crispy on the outside, and filled with tender pork flavor on the inside.  So good.

Pig Trotter Croquette

The next course was Sauteed Shrimp with Vegetable Tian. (Crevette Sautee aux Tian de Legume).  This was perfect too, the shrimp was amazing.

Sauteed Shrimp

Between courses, I snuck back to the kitchen and Jessie was gracious enough to let me take some photos.

Checking on the Cassoulet to come

Chef doing his thing

Chef's notes on the Menu

Chef Jessie

Back to the food.  Next course was Potato and Garlic Soup (Soupe de Pomme de Terre et l’Ail) served with a 2008 Chardonnay.  This soup was light and very flavorful.

Potato and Garlic Soup

Getting full yet?  I was.  But there’s more.  Next were Sweetbreads and Mushrooms Vol-au-vent. (Ris de Veau et Champignons en Vol-au-vent).  This was served on the lightest of puff pastries and had a wonderful mushroomy sauce.


I think my favorite course of the evening was the Cassoulet.  It was made with darker beans than I’ve ever had it, was filled with duck and pork and sausage, and filled with flavor.


I was stuffed at the point, but it just kept coming out.  Next course, cheeses (Fromages).  All of these cheeses were local, from Pola, Full Quiver, Veldhuizen and the bread was baked by Barrie Cullinan.

Cheese course

And is that wasn’t enough food, there was dessert.  Peaches in Muscat served with a Sauterne.  (Peche Pochee au Muscat, Gateau de Pavot)

What a fabulous night of amazing food, and great company Kristi, Marshall, and Katie.  Thanks to Jessie and Tamara for a lovely evening.  I love that I have the list of local farms and what was provided by each on my menu.  What a great resource.

If you ever get a chance to go to a Dai Due Dinner, do it, at least once.  It is an amazing experience and the food is brilliant.


4 Responses to “No Grocery Store, Day 198 – Dai Due Bastille Day Dinner”

  1. Cecilia Says:

    I’m just a little jealous, for sure. 🙂

    Looked divine, and made me hungry. We do live in a really cool town to have so many delicious resources available to us.

    Clearly eating locally and sans grocery store has not put a crimp in your dining joie de vivre.


    • Hey C,
      It is a wonderful time for food in Austin, I agree with that and I feel really lucky. My menu was in French, but Kristi’s was in English which I discovered at the end of the evening. By the time I’d seen the English version, I’d already eaten Pig Trotters and Sweetbreads and did the yummy food sounds for both, so I’ve been educated a little too. It is amazing to me that that dinner was sourced from 24 local farms. So many restaurants get one delivery from the Sysco Truck and call it food.

      • Cecilia Says:

        I love that the menus came in French and English. Trotters and sweetbreads. Tasty.

        Your dinner last night proves that one needn’t go far to find good food.

        What small-scale farms and ranches lack in the government subsidies big agricultural concerns enjoy, they make up for in meaningful relationships with their customers and supporters. In addition, they receive a level of loyalty from consumers that you just don’t see with commercial agriculture.

        We’re mighty lucky here in Central Texas, with its growing number of small-scale farming and ranching operations coming online.

        It is a wonderful time for food in Austin.

  2. Exactly. I just really appreciate the effort it takes to get this local food to the table. It should be easier. I don’t know the ins and outs of it, but it is way more than one delivery truck bringing everything, and I’m sure it is more expensive. I appreciated the bi-lingual menus too, because, I ate things, and enjoyed them, that I would have stayed away from. I feel pretty good about consuming the North end of the hog. Not moving South any time soon.:)

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