We were recently invited to dinner by a chateau-owner, or châtelain, who has a château about 35 minutes from Paris. Madame Châtelaine, who spends most of her time in the US, singlehandedly oversaw the entire renovation of the château, from the carefully aged tiles in the bathrooms to the antique furniture that graces each uniquely decorated room.
So it wasn’t surprising that Madame Châtelaine would be able to host a gourmet dinner for 10! And it wasn’t just the food that was remarkable – Fête in France’s dinner companions were: two blonde Eastern-Europeans/former professional tennis players; an endearing English businessman and his wife, who had the most wonderful continental European accent; a very elegant older couple who traveled the world and who were great patrons of opera and ballet; a charming French businessman from Versailles.
Despite the evident gap in age, means, and social status (alas, we do not count Lenny Kravitz or Sharon Stone among our “besties”) we had such a great time! Actually, this is one of the occasions where the word “marvelous” would do it more justice: we had such a marvelous time!
So we’re crossing our fingers that we’ll have the chance to get back to the château, whether it’s for another dinner or even better, for a wedding we’ve booked!