A Summer Class Series!

Dear friends, we are bringing back two great chefs for two great classes this year. Class is held in an intimate setting with no more than 15 students per session. Enjoy food, drink and plenty of up close time with the chef. You will take home written recipes as well as a personal gift from Anne. This will be the only series we offer in 2014, so reserve your seat now as space is limited!

Josie PhotoOn May 17, La Varenne is delighted to welcome back Josie Le Balch for an intimate class featuring the summer’s finest ingredients. Josie’s has worked in Ma Maison with Wolfgang Puck and L’Ermitage with Jean Bertranou. She was head chef at the Saddle Peak Lodge in L.A., and went on to open Remi in Santa Monica. Her restaurant Josie in Santa Monica has been consistently named one of the best restaurants in Los Angeles. She will be teaching a five course meal featuring the freshest market ingredients (she raises her own hens). To sign up call 310.396.7464 or email nicole@lavarenne.com

Alain Giraud headshotOn May 31st, Alain Giraud will join us for a seasonally inspired class on Provencal-California inspired cuisine. Alain spent 15 years cooking in some of the best restaurants in France before earning an unprecedented five-star review from the Los Angeles Times for his work at Bastide. He now makes light and creative Provencal-style food at his own restaurant, Maison Giraud, in Pacific Palisades. To sign up call 310.396.7464 or email nicole@lavarenne.com

 

5-31-14 Alain Giraud Joins La Varenne for Class

Alain Giraud headshotOn May 31st, Alain Giraud will bring his Provencal California style to La Varenne. Alain has worked at  l’Ermitage Meissonnie, Hotel de Crillon, Grand Vefour, in Paris and Citrus in Los Angeles. In 1997, he joined Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel he opened Lavande in 1998. In 2002, Giraud launched Bastide and received an unprecedented five-star review from The Los Angeles Times.

In 2011, he created his first personal venture, Maison Giraud, in Pacific Palisades. He maintains the philosophy that California is similar to Provence in many ways, “I find it the perfect place to create Provencal-style food that is light and creative, with a sunny accent”.

Join Alain for an intimate class with no more than 15 students. You will enjoy plenty of food and drink, and will leave feeling inspired to experiment with your new recipes at home!

To sign up call 310.396.7464 or email nicole@lavarenne.com

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5-17-14 A Class with Josie Le Balch

Josie PhotoOn May 17th, Josie Le Balch will bring her progressive American cooking to La Varenne. Josie began cooking at eight years old and went on to work at Ma Maison with Wolfgang Puck and L’Ermitage with Jean Bertranou. She was head chef at the Saddle Peak Lodge in L.A., and went on to open the 250-seat Santa Monica restaurant, Remi, a move that won her an armful of awards including Best New Restaurant from Los Angeles magazine. In 2001, Le Balch and her husband/partner, Frank Delzio, opened Josie Restaurant in Santa Monica, which has since been consistently named one of the best restaurants in L.A.

Josie is putting together a summer inspired menu that is sure to impress us all. Class will include lots of nibbles and sips, and plenty of up close time with the chefs. We look forward to sharing Josie’s expertise and knowledge with the La Varenne family this year.

To sign up call 310.396.7464 or email nicole@lavarenne.com

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Anne Willan Christens Viking Hermod

Viking Hermod Anne WillanLast Week’s whirlwind trip to Avignon feels miles away now that we’re settled back home in Santa Monica. What an honor it was to Christen Viking Hermod with so many wonderful Godmothers. I was in France for only a quick three day trip, but that didn’t stop us from making history. Viking River Cruises christened 16 ships in 24 hours, and broke their own world record! To hear more about my experience at Viking, please see this piece in USA Today.

 

One Soufflé Awarded at IACP

Book Jacket I’m so glad to say that my most recent book, One Soufflé at a Time: a Memoir of Food and France, has received the award for best Literary Food Writing from the International Association of Culinary Professionals. It is an honor to receive this award for such a personal story, and it would not be possible without the help of my wonderful co-author Amy Friedman. We are delighted to share this award. Cheers, Anne!

 

3-13-14 Dinner with the Chicago Gourmets

anne_willan_headshot2Join Anne Willan for a wonderful evening of French food, great stories and the secret ingredients to a life well lived. Chicago Gourmets and Les Nomades restaurant are putting together a night to remember. Enjoy four beautifully crafted courses and wines to match in celebration of Anne’s memoir One Soufflé at a Time. For pricing and more information click here.

Thursday, March 13th at 6:30pm
Les Nomades, Chicago
222 E Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 649-9010

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La Varenne Graduates Listed as 2014 IACP Awards Finalists

iacp-logo Awards season is always great fun, and I have to say that I never tire of seeing our own receive noms. This year, I am thrilled to see 2 La Varenners on the 2014 IACP Awards Finalists lists.

Nathan Myhrovold is nominated in the E-Cookbook category with his wonderful co-author Maxime Bilet for Modernist Cuisine at Home.

Amanda Hesser is nominated along with her wonderful team in the category of Best Culinary Website for the unstoppable Food52.

For a full list of finalists, click here.

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