The bucolic Vasa Park in Agoura Hills was host to the 33rd annual Picnic des Chefs last Sunday. The picnic is the largest of the monthly events held by Club Culinaire throughout the year. There was a rock climbing wall, a swimming pool and waterslide, as well as a small petting zoo.
As always, Josie LeBalch impressed with a luscious wild mushroom quiche. Another standout was a crispy fish in a sweet and spicy aioli from 9021Pho. Christian Monchatre of Thunderbird Country Club presented a perfectly cooked duck breast cooked in the rotisol and Paul Rosenbluh of Firefly Bistro was able to rescue some beef belly before it was turned into pastrami. He served it up on a square of corn bread and candied jalapeno.
One of the best wines of the day was Lapis Luna. Our absolute favorite wine was Devil Dog Red, 4, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir from Salisbury Vineyards.. The family winery made the Devil Dog on a lark, and although it is different every time, it is made it is the one wine customers clamor for.
With wineglass and plate in hand, a cool breeze blowing and Edith Piaf on the speakers it was the perfect Los Angeles afternoon.