Spectacular Wine Dinner at Le Vallauris, Thursday December 17

Le Vallauris Wine Dinner
Wines of the Santa Barbara County
Celebrating Babcock Winery !
Hosted by Master Sommelier Reggie Narito Jr
Executive Chef Jean Paul Lair


Wine Dinner

Mise en Bouche

Dungeness Blue Crab and Corn Cappuccino
2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Simpatico, Estate Grown, Sta. Rita Hills 



Hudson Valley Duck Foie Gras and Oregon Chanterelle Ravioli
With Truffle Parmesan Creamy sauce
2014 Chardonnay, The Limit, Radian Vineyard-Block 31, Sta. Rita Hills 


Main Course

Seared Venison Tournedos sauce Poivrade


Roasted Chilean Sea Bass on Braised Rainbow
Carrot and Asparagus
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Block 15, Estelle Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley


Stuffed Pear with Bleu d’Auvergne and Walnut
Slice of Heaven, Rita’s Crown Vineyard  Sta. Rita Hills 


Lime and Pineapple Parfait
2013 Late Harvest Pinot Gris, Naughty Little Nectar, Estate Grown, Sta. Rita Hills

Price: $96.00 plus gratuity & tax
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Opentable: Diners’ Choice winner for Le vallauris Restaurant


You’re a Diners’ Choice winner, Le Vallauris!

Congratulations – our seasoned diners have selected your restaurant for the OpenTable Diners’ Choice Awards this month. From cocktails to dessert, they were impressed!

Our Diners’ Choice Award lists are designed to celebrate top-rated restaurants, giving them greater visibility on OpenTable.com. OpenTable diners love these lists and frequently use them to discover new places to book a table. Each month, we feature Diners’ Choice winners on our website and in seasonal emails that target all of our diners.

And, they’re not random or subjective – OpenTable Diners’ Choice winners are selected according to real feedback from diners who booked through us and dined with you (we know they actually seated and paid,too.) After their meal, we ask them to take a moment to review your restaurant. Check out what they raved about in your Restaurant Center profile.

Now, get out there and spread the word! Add your Diners’ Choice Winner 2015 badge to your website by following the instructions here.

We’re grateful for all the work you do to make your restaurant terrific.

Keep it up!

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Wine Dinner at Le Vallauris



Ten Acre Winery Wine Dinner at Le Vallauris
Wednesday March 4, 2015

Mise en Bouche
-Cream of White Asparagus Soup
-Duo of Home Smoked Duck
-Hudson River Duck Foie Gras Ravioli Cream of Aged Parmesan

Ten Acre Rosé Russian River 2013


Poached Chef Creek Oysters in Champagne
with Petrossian Caviar

Ten Acre Chardonnay Russian River 2013


Main Course
Seared Organic Veal Tournedos White Port Reduction
Truffled Potato Raviolis Braised Belgian Endives

Ten Acre Pinot Noir Russian River 2012


Humbold Fog Cypress Grove Goat Cheese
Baby Mâche – Quince Paste

Ten Acre Pinot Noir Russian River 2012

Chocolate “Vienneta”
Bitter Manjari Chocolate Mousse Crunchy Praline and Caramel

Bella Late Harvest Zinfandel Russian River 2012

Price: $115.00 plus gratuity & tax


a note about : Bella Late Harvest Zinfandel Russian River 2012
2012 Late Harvest

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Visiting Sancerre

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On a warm day of september, we decided to take the car and drive south of Paris.
Two hours later we arrive in an area, calm and voluptuous, where the greens of the vineyards compete with crispy blue skies.

Sancerre is a charming hilltop town perched in France’s Loire Valley.
Overlooking the Loire river, the town offers plenty of scenic views and is filled with narrow winding streets and medieval quarters. Surrounded by vineyards, the town is famous for its delicious white wine, which is known simply as Sancerre, and mouth-watering goat cheeses (crottin de chavignol).
la tour a sancerre
La Tour

Sancerre is a perfect destination for a wine escapade. The city’s cobweb of twisted streets and medieval buildings provide plenty of sightseeing. Two unmissable attractions include a 16th century bell tower called Belfry of St. Jean and the Maison des Sancerre wine exposition, which is located in a house built in the 14th century.

The town is also filled with dozens of cafes, bistros and iconic wine tasting caves. Visitors at these caves can savor a range of local cheeses and enjoy several glasses of wine. Some wineries also offer jeep tours for a better view of the landscape. Plenty of rooms located in villas are also available for overnight stays.

sancerre history

bourgeois winery
Laporte winery, stainless steel containers with Director Aurelien.

But let’snot loose the initial purpose of our trip!!
Laporte Winery was on the schedule.
Glorious and happy tasting thanks to Bruce Barett our sommelier  who arranged for the appointment as we sell the Sancerre Laporte “Le Rochoy”on
Le Vallauris Wine List.

“The subsoil consist of clay and flint which gives minerality and aging potential.These elements give exceptional Sancerre Wines with 3 Cuvees:
Le Rochoy and Le Grand Rochoy in white, and Les Royaux in Red”

Enjoying and learning about Sancerre

Wine from Sancerre was likely first cultivated by ancient Romans around the first century. Because of its altitude and rolling hills, the terrain received both plenty of sunlight and cool air. These conditions made the area ideal for cultivating grapes.
Originally, Pinot Noir and Gamay grapes were grown in the area. During the Renaissance, local wines from these grapes were sold in the large nearby cities of Orleans and Bourges. In the 19th century, a phylloxera epidemic devastated the region and wiped out most of the Gamay grape varieties. Sauvignon Blanc grapes were later replanted.
During World War II, Sancerre white wine (made from Sauvignon) became popular among many Paris bistros and was considered Beaujolais’s white counterpart. (Sancerre appellation was created in November 1936).About four decades later, a wine quality conscious culture helped elevate Sancerre’s reputation into an elegant white wine. Within a few years, the wine was featured in fine restaurants all over the world including Le Vallauris Restaurant. Today, most winemaking in the region is made from Sauvignon Blanc grapes although the region does produce a small amount of Sancerre Rouge made from Pinot Noir.

In couple days now, Sancerre like many wine regions in France will be in a turmoil.
Harvest, although delayed by the fairly bad month of July  will start in about 10 days.
Time for us to return to the USA and enjoy all those great wines sitting under the beautiful ficus trees at Le Vallauris

Paul Bruggemans
Omar Haddedou

Le Vallauris Restaurant
385 W. Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, California92262
Open Daily for Dinner, Saturday Lunches and Sunday Brunch.

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Fresh Halibut at Le Vallauris

Le Vallauris Restaurant Executive Chef Jean Paul Lair ordered Fresh Halibut direct from Alaska this morning and will start working on our Weekly prix fixe menu that you can start enjoying as of tonight , Thursday the 27th.
This halibut as you see it here is around 80 pounds.It will be grilled & served on a bed of grilled vegetables.




March 27th till April 2nd  2014

Mise en Bouche:
Chilled carrot and curry soup
Wild boar pate
Blue crab in a cone

Appetizer, choose one:  
Sautéed prawns with prawns raviolis
Tomato saffron sauce
proscuitto di parma and mango    
roasted red beet, goat cheese , pear salad
with pistachio dressing

For all appetizers: Phantom Rivers Sauvignon Blanc Santa Barbara

Main Course, choose one:

Grilled duck breast stuffed with Medjool dates
Orange zest sauce

Saddleback Chardonnay Napa Valley
grilled Alaskan halibut, sundries tomato crust, basil oil       
over grilled vegetables
oasted veal filet , truffle sauce   mushroom raviolis, spinach

Alexander Valley Winery Syrah


Chocolate pot de crème, Chantilly and homemade cookie
Trio of homemade sorbet
strawberry delice

Nieport Tawny Port

Menu price:  $59 per person plus gratuity & tax. Menu price including wine pairing:  $96 per person plus gratuity and & tax















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Top Romantic Restaurants in America

le-vallaurisAs voted by OpenTable Diners
The results are in! These are the OpenTable 2014 Diners’ Choice Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America. We determined the list of honorees after analyzing more than five million reviews of nearly 19,000 restaurants across the country — all submitted by verified diners.
By Caroline Potter on January 29, 2014

As diners make reservations for romance on Valentine’s Day, we are pleased to honor the 2014 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for approximately 19,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Featuring restaurants with alluring ambience and seductive menus, the complete list of honorees is scattered among 32 states and includes Canlis in Seattle, The Little Door in Los Angeles, and Zenkichi in Brooklyn. California boasts the greatest number of winning restaurants with 14, followed by Florida with eight. Hawaii, Texas, and Virginia each have seven winning restaurants. Colorado, Nevada, and Ohio claim five winners apiece, while Arizona, Illinois, New York, and Utah have four. Missouri, New Jersey, and Tennessee count three winning restaurants, and Georgia, Indiana, Maine, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Washington have two each. Alaska, Idaho, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, Oregon, and Rhode Island also have winning eateries.

For another year, fondue is a favorite for diners seeking to fan the flames of romance. And, illustrating that home really is where the heart is, American fare restaurants account for the greatest number of winners. French and Italian cuisines are very popular as well. And, because almost everyone loves to share a sweet with their sweetheart, we have an exclusive slideshow of swoon-worthy desserts from our winning restaurants.
The Diners’ Choice Awards for the Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America are generated from more than 5 million restaurant reviews collected from verified OpenTable diners between January 14, 2013, and January 15, 2014. All restaurants with a minimum number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. Qualifying restaurants were then sorted according to a score calculated from each restaurant’s average rating in the “romantic” category along with a minimum “overall” rating. Based on this methodology, the following restaurants, listed in alphabetical order, comprise the Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America according to OpenTable diners. The complete list may also be viewed at http://www.opentable.com/most-romantic-restaurants-in-america/.

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Luxe In The Desert


You and your family have reached a very special oasis in the desert when you approach The Willow Historic Inn, in Palm Springs, California. Literally tucked into the base of Mount San Jacinto, this 1920’s fortress can only be accessed by ringing a private bell. There is no lobby or great atrium but, upon arrival, the super-friendly inn’s manager and assistant will greet you. They unlock the entrance gate and personally assist you with your bags while providing a tour of the home. We stayed in the Loft Room. It’s the Inn’s best-kept secret, accessed by a winding staircase. I was told Dr. Albert Einstein slept there! The home also played host to luminaries like Marian Davies, Former President Ford, and Shirley Temple, to name a few. Every morning a three-course breakfast is served on the patio dining room. The Inn is associated with the iconic French restaurant, La Vallauris, which is located directly across the street. If you desire, they’ll provide room service, but it’s a real treat to visit the restaurant. The best spot to sit is the patio, amongst the trees that Paul the owner himself planted almost 40 years ago.
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Weekly Menu

Prix Fixe Menu January 2nd  till January 8th  2014

                                                              Mise  en Bouche:

Butternut squash soup,  Wild  boar pate,  Crab in a cone

Appetizer, choose one:
House smoked white fish, asparagus  salad     Horseradish crème Fraîche
Duck  charcuterie plate (rillette , port wine  liver mousse,smoked duck breast)    baby watercress salad
Boston salad and mushroom Comte cheese  tart Hazelnut  dressing

For all appetizers: Phantom  Rivers Sauvignon Blanc Santa Barbara

Main Course, choose one:

Grilled New Zealand Sea Bass sundried  tomato crust, basil oil   Artichoke  heart, salsify and zucchini

Saddleback Chardonnay Napa Valley
Grilled lamb chops Persillade and  balsamic reduction   Haricot vert, bacon Pomme  Boulangere
Maine lobster raviolis basil bisque

Alexander Valley Winery Syrah


Mont Blanc (chestnut, mandarin Gelée,  Yuzu Chantilly)
Trio of homemade sorbet
Chocolate terrine pistachio sauce

Nieport Tawny Port
make your reservation here
Menu  price: $59 per person plus gratuity & tax
Menu  Price including Wine Pairing: $96 per person plus and gratuity & tax

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Did you know…about Le Vallauris

You’ll feel as if you’ve entered the home of a French relative who wants nothing better than to make you happy.” That’s how Palm Springs’ landmark restaurant Le Vallauris describes itself. The words echo the sounds a cheerful, casual French cafe, but Le Vallauris is actually one of the most highly-rated establishments in California. Zagats gave it a nearly perfect score in their restaurant review; it’s been the recipient of AAA’s 4 Diamond Award for many years; and it’s received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award. Jerry Berns, the former proprietor of Manhattan’s famous 21 Club, said of Le Vallauris, “I would rank it as one of the best restaurants in the world.” Dustin Hoffman and wife Lisa enjoyed a romantic Valentine’s dinner there in 2011, local residents Suzanne Somers and her BFF Barry Manilow are often spotted dining together on the patio, and everyone from Loretta Young to the Gabor sisters to Jane Goodall have all eaten here. Celebrating its 40th consecutive season of accolades, Le Vallauris is far from the clichéd uptight and stuffy French restaurant. The place does indeed exude the atmosphere of a cheerful, casual French cafe – albeit with seasoned waiters fluent in French and dressed in impeccable suits, with a backdrop of Flemish tapestries and the Louis-XV furniture.Le%20Vallauris%20interior

When Paul Bruggemans created Le Vallauris Restaurant in 1974, he picked one of the oldest buildings in Palm Springs to house it in – the 1927 Roberson home, tucked up behind downtown Palm Springs.


Bruggemans and Camille Bardet then owned Hollywood’s celebrated Le St. Germain Restaurant (which closed in 1988), and it wasn’t difficult to pay homage to that establishment’s luxurious intimacy with Le Vallauris. Bruggemans wisely chose to keep the historic house intact with its original layout, including its expansive patio shaded by fichus trees Buggemans planted himself, now dotted with clusters of soft beehive lights.

The patio seats 150 people, but retains the intimate feeling of dining at a friend’s elegant home. Indoors, the Spanish adobe walls are a gentle green, accented by rich red upholstered chairs and banquette seating. In keeping with French tradition, Le Vallauris’ menu is handwritten on to a board presented to your table on an easel, like a painting. And Le Vallauris’ menu of French, Mediterranean, and Californian cuisine is indeed a work of art: Items change by the day and season, and include gourmet offerings like red beet raspberry gazpacho, duck breast with white port reduction, grilled lamb loin with mint garlic olive oil ratatouille, and Grand Marnier soufflé with vanilla créme anglaise. Le Vallauris’ classy yet approachable atmosphere derives from the happy memories that inhabit its abode. The restaurant is snug inside a 1927 Mediterranean/Spanish Revival three-bedroom house is surrounded by a wall made of native stone. And if these walls could talk, the stories they would tell … before it was open to the public, grand parties here sparkled with names like Lena Horne, Patti Page, Buddy Rogers, Desi Arnez, Lucille Ball, Peggy Lee, Sophie Tucker, Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Mary Martin, Mae West, and many more. If you inhale deeply in the lounge area, you could almost make out the fragrance of General Patton’s cigars he often smoke here. Le Vallauris’ history begins in 1908, when pioneers Dr. Harry Coffman and wife Nellie purchased the property across the street, near where the Palm Springs Art Museum stands today. The couple opened one of the first accommodations in the region, The Desert Inn and Sanitorium – “a modern sanitorium on the edge of the desert with no fogs and no sandstorms,” boasted an early brochure. Back then, the healing natural waters of Palm Springs mainly attracted tuberculosis sufferers looking for cures, who arrived to the then-tiny village on horseback. The Coffman’s marriage quickly dissolved when the entrepreneurial and bull-headed Nellie decided in 1915 that Palm Springs appealed to a much wider audience than merely the ill. She actively promoted a “no invalid” policy for The Desert Inn that excluded those afflicted with any communicable disease whatsoever. The good doctor moved his practice down The Coachella Valley rather than butt heads with his tough-as-nails wife. After all, you don’t mess with a woman who, as a young girl, had migrated with her family from Indiana to Texas in an open ox wagon. By the 1920s, Nellie’s iron-willed vision made The Desert Inn famous around the world. She alone was almost solely responsible for putting Palm Springs on the tourist map. Hollywood celebrities peppered the inn, the Vanderbilt and Hearst families used it for vacations, and even President Herbert Hoover spent the night here. Nellie’s resort morphed from mere shacks to a gleaming white-walled Indian-Spanish landmark, complete with red-tiled roofs and wide terra-cotta verandas, and rich gardens featuring desert flora. Palm Springs Historical Society The fabled Desert Inn finally closed its doors in 1955, a few years after Nellie’s death. Its historic structures were completely razed in 1967 to make way for the megalithic eyesore that was the Desert Fashion Plaza shopping mall. The only legacy still standing from The Desert Inn era is the home built by Nellie’s son George B. Roberson in 1927 – the same year The Desert Inn reopened in all its Spanish stucco glory. Roberson and his half-brother, O. Earl Coffman managed the inn alongside their mother/boss for more than 40 years. Le Vallauris inhabits the actual home where George and his family spent many happy decades watching Palm Springs boom and mature into a major destination. The pioneering Nellie was beloved by all of Palm Springs, and everyone called her Mother Coffman. A local school is now named in her honor. Nellie, George, and Earl (pictured below) are all buried just a few blocks from Le Vallauris, in the Welwood Murray Cemetery on West Chino Drive. You can almost feel them smiling as you sit down to eat at the magnificent restaurant they helped make possible. Palm Spring Historical Society Le Vallauris is located at 385 West Tahquitz Way, just behind downtown Palm Springs. It’s open seven days a week from 11:30AM to 2:30PM, and from 5PM to 10:30PM. Starting October 14th, Executive Chef Jean Paul Lair will personally teach cooking classes on every second Monday at 10:30AM.
For reservations, go to www.levallauris.com or call (760) 325 5059.
E-Mail: omar@levallauris.com

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Le Vallauris Cooking Class in Palm Springs.

Culinary Crafting with Palm Springs’ Master Chefs – Le Vallauris Cooking Class in Palm Springs.

Culinary Crafting with Le Vallauris Master Chefs starting October 14th at 10.30 am

A Cooking  Demonstration by  Chef Jean Paul Lair and  Pastry Chef Laurent Delac

Amateur and aspiring chefs, living in or visiting Palm Springs, must set aside time for Le Vallauris cooking class. Executive Chef Jean Paul Lair’s, and Pastry Chef Laurent Delac’s, class is a favorite amongst area foodies. In one of the most well respected kitchens in southern California, participants learn the secrets of French cuisine from two of Palm Springs’ celebrated chefs.

Don’t worry about bringing note-taking supplies; Le Vallauris provides writing materials, detailed recipes and preparation instructions for each dish featured in the class. Indeed, for gourmet enthusiasts and hobby chefs in Palm Springs, Le Vallauris monthly cooking class is not to be missed.

If you’ve ever dreamed of becoming the next Julia Childs or think of yourself as a budding epicurean, here’s a chance to learn some bistro basics from two experienced and talented gourmets in Palm Springs. The best part of Le Vallauris cooking program: when finished, you’re invited to taste the freshly prepared dishes in the beautifully appointed dining room, finely decorated with rare Flemish tapestries and Louis XV antiques.

All of Le Vallauris cooking classes are held on Mondays, cost $58 a person
You can view the schedule and program here:

We look forward to teaching you some of the finer points of cooking.

Le Vallauris is located at 385 W Tahquitz Canyon Way in Palm Springs
The restaurant is open 7 days a week  from 5.00 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. and Sunday Brunch.
The restaurant will open for Lunch October 14th 2013 from 11.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m.
Make your reservation now

760-325 5059

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