Upcoming: Picnic des Chefs May 20th

Sunday, May 20, from 11:30am to 4:30pm, the 32nd annual Picnic des Chefs will be held at Vasa Park in Agoura Hills. The event benefits several charities, including the Concern Foundation and The Hope Program at Children’s Hospital. The Picnic is one of several events held by Club Culinaire, a nonprofit organization of gourmands and people in the restaurant profession who specialize in French food.

Participating chefs will include Joe Miller,  Michel Blanchet, the adorable Josie LeBalch,and let’s admit it, the adorable Neal Fraser. Chefs will be preparing delicacies from various regions in France using over 700 pounds of proteins, 200 pounds of cheese and 500 baguettes. Over 30 wineries will be pouring.

In case you get bored eating (as if!), there will be a plethora of activities, including a moon bounce paradise, petting Zoo, a heated swimming pool with a giant waterslide, rock climbing wall, pétaque, soccer, volleyball and badminton. Raffle prizes include two roundtrip tickets to Tahiti or Paris on Air Tahiti Nui, and a weekend at The Ritz Carlton Laguna Nigel (which is gorgeous).

Tickets are $60 for adults and $20 for kids, which is generous extended to 21 years old. LIKE them on Facebook for a $10 discount! Purchase tickets HERE or at Club Culinaire.

Vasa Park2854 Triunfo Canyon Rd. – Agoura Hills, CA 91301 

See the complete menu after the jump


Assorted Pates (Sebastien Espinasse, Fabrique Delices)

Quiche Lorraine (Josie LeBalch, Josie Restaurant)

Pissaladiere (Agnes Martinez, French Market Café)

Smoked Salmon (Michel Blanchet, Michel Cordon Bleu)

Jambon de Paris, Cornichons, Saucisson, Olives

Artisan Breads & Baguette (Jacques bakery, Bread LA Boulart Bread and Sadie Rose Bakery)



Salade Nicoise with Fresh Seared Ahi Tuna

(Keizo Ishiba, K-Zo Restaurant)

Ratatouille (Hervé Guillard, Le Cordon Bleu)

Chicken Basquaise (Gilda Giddens, Maya Hotel)



Contessa Seafood Salad with Artichoke Hearts

(Neal Fraser, BLVD)

Rice Pilaf (Fred Castan, St. Regis Hotel)

Endive Salad with Bleu Cheese and Pine Nuts



Beef Bourguignon

Frisee Salad with Duck Confit

Golden Beet Salad with Goat Cheese (Joe Miller, Joe’s Restaurant)


Garlic and Herb Marinated Flat Iron Steak

Potato Gratin (Marius Blin, Sofitel Hotel LA),

Mesclun Salad with Vinaigrette (Juan Alonso, Le Chene)



Eclairs (Yvan Valentin, Sweet Temptations)

Mini Pastries

(Huguette Coffyn, Maison Richard)

(Chris Kaufmann, Emil’s Swiss Pastry)

Clafoutis (Pamela Berson, LA Patisserie)

Gigantic Cheese Platter (ANCO and Kerrygold)

Chocolate Fountain (Thomas Sandi, Qzina,)

Waffles with Whipped Cream and Strawberries (Berty Siegels)



Wine tasting with over 30 French and American Wines, Croft Pink, Alizé, St. Germain, Pernod-Ricard, Champagne, Hollywood Blonde Beer, Lemonade, Perrier, Evian, Hansen Natural Beverages,

Monin Syrups & Iced Tea

Caffe Nico coffee

Copyright © 2012 Club Culinaire of Southern California
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