French Cidre Dinner at Bastille
Perfect Autumn Meal with Apples at its Center
The French have been making cidre for centuries, particularly in Normandy and Brittany, and many of our own cider apple varieties originated from that area. On Wednesday, November 15 beginning at 6:30, Chefs Christophe and Michelle Poteaux of Bastille located at 606 N. Fayette Street in Old Town Alexandria, offer a taste of these beverages for fall, along with a menu that perfectly pairs with this wonderful drink.
The $55 five-course prix fixe menu includes an Amuse Bouche of Oyster with apple mignonette paired with Cave de Gabriel, La Maison Ferré Cidre du Perche, Brut Fermier; “Terrine de Lapin, Moutarde de Meaux, endives”--rabbit terrine with grainy mustard, friséen with Cave de la Poterie, Regis Aubry, Cidre Brut Fermier; “Crêpe aux fruits de mer”--Buckwheat crepe, creamy shellfish filling with scallops, mussels and crabmeat with Hérout à Auvers, Cidre Cotentin Biologique Brut, 2014; “Joues de porc au cidre”--braised pork cheeks, with cider gastric, sweet potato gnocchi, apples and Brussels sprouts with Le Lieu Chéri Brut, Serges Desfrieches & fils Cidre Fermier Brut; and for dessert, “Beignets de pommes”--Honey-crisp apple fritters, crème Chantilly with Le Val de la Chèvre, Regis Tropee,Cidre Fermier Breton.
The cidres will be available at Bastille on tap for the entire month of November.
Cider is an ancient beverage whose origin is hard to define as it became a traditional drink in several European countries. Nowadays in France, cider (or “cidre”) is mostly produced in Normandy and Brittany, although other regions – such as the Basque Country, Savoie or Champagne region – also have a long tradition of cider making. French cider distinguishes itself from other ciders by the use of specific apple varieties and a particularly strict making process. Unlike many ciders, which are made from “table apples”, French cider is traditionally made from dedicated apple varieties, called “cider apples”, which gives it this unique taste.
Bastille is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:30 am until 10 pm and Sunday 11:30 am until 9pm serving brunch, lunch, dinner and all day dining with café and bar menu offered. The restaurant is located in The Asher at 606 N. Fayette Street in Alexandria, VA, just two blocks from the Braddock Metro. For reservations and further information log into www.bastillerestaurant.com or call 703-519-3776.