We have a long list of favorite places to dine at when we’re in need of a French food fix. Dallas is home to so many of our favorite restaurants and we’re pleased to tell you that there are also amazing French bistros in Fort Worth, Frisco and Grapevine as well!
Le Dîner en Blanc
We’re super excited to be attending this year’s Diner en blanc, an elevated picnic soiree, where incredible times are had and wonderful memories are made! We’re looking forward to champagne toasting with new (& old) friends, eating fine food, drinking fantastic wine, dressing up in all white along and dancing the night away!
Last year’s Le Diner en Blanc in Dallas had over 1,600 people in attendance! This fantastic event and as some would say, ‘posh picnic’, started in Paris and has grown to over 70 cities in more than 25 countries! Amazing! There’s also some fantastic sponsors such as Apothic Wine, Moet Ice Imperial and Southwest Airlines.
Another exciting element to this posh picnic party is that the location is kept secret until guests arrive onsite! 2015’s Diner en Blanc was at the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge and ended with an incredible fireworks display! We’re filled with anticipation and excitement for what this year holds and you can follow us on Instagram @FortuitousFoodies and on Twitter @FortuitousFoodi to not only find out this year’s location, but also for real-time updates!
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On a more personal note, we’ve been francophiles ever since we were little. My mom actually lived in France’s countryside when she was little and would regale us with stories when we were younger of what it was like living there. We loved these tales and dreamt of being able to travel to France. Then in high school and college Emily studied French and became enamored with all things Francais – from the food to the wine to the culture to the fashion – she loves it all! During college she actually studied abroad with one of her best friend’s in Paris and lived a few blocks off of the Champs-Élysées! Incroyable! Now, we like to incorporate French culture back home whenever we can, which is why we’re both so excited for tonight’s Diner en Blanc!
SHOP EMILY’S DINER EN BLANC LOOK
Now Fashion! What to wear to Le Diner en Blanc. First off, we LOVE getting dressed up for dinner. It makes the evening feel even more special and who doesn’t love to get all dolled up for a wonderful night out on the town?!
The dress Emily is wearing is Soieblu and you can shop their dresses here at Nordstrom Rack where they are all on sale! Also, these beautiful BAUBLEBAR earrings are amazing! They’re showstoppers and every time Emily’s worn them someone stops to compliment them. Also, Emily found these nude heels from Nordstrom when she was shopping for her rehearsal dinner outfit a month ago and they go with everything!
Photos by: That Running Girl Blog
For The Table
Have you been to Diner en Blanc? Are you francophiles just like us?! Let us know in the comments below, we’d love to hear from you!
Tchin-tchin et Bon appétit!
Emily & Barbara
Grapevine’s Main Street Bakery is absolutely delicious. I close my eyes as I take a bite into my chocolate eclair and it brings me back to my college days of studying abroad in Paris. My sister’s raspberry tartlet and the comparison is undeniable. Grapevine’s bakery knows what they are doing… quality ingredients, gorgeous presentation and super delicious! Next time you are enjoying a day in Grapevine make sure and take the time to stop in say hello and pick up some amazing treats!
Saint Emilion is considered by many to be the best French restaurant in Fort Worth. Being a lover of French cuisine and fine dining, I knew that I had to try this restaurant to see for myself. After looking at the menu online, I immediately called to make reservations. Their menu offers classic French cuisine with an influence from the Saint Emilion region in southwestern France, where the chef is originally from. The atmosphere inside of the restaurant is quaint and intimate. There are only about fifteen tables inside, which create a feeling of exclusiveness. The dim lighting and French country decor create a comfortable ambiance.
The wine list is extensive and offers unique wines from around the world in all different varieties. To accompany my meal, I ordered a glass of the Pinot Noir from Routestock Cellars in Willamette Valley. It had notes of raspberry, cherry, violets, and spice. My boyfriend, Stephen, had a glass of the Malbec from Chateau Famaey in France. He said it was the perfect compliment to his steak-frites.
To start off, I ordered the Saint-Jacques du Chef, Jumbo sea scallops prepared in a light and flavorful butter garlic sauce with sauteed carrots. The scallops were cooked perfectly and the way that the chef prepared them they were bursting with flavor. The carrots were light and were the perfect and unexpected accompaniment to the scallops.
My friend Erin started off with the Lobster Soufflé, which is only served on Wednesdays. The soufflé was phenomenal. I love lobster to begin with, but this soufflé was baked perfectly. The crust was light and fluffy and the lobster on the inside was tender and had a delicious, creamy sauce poured on top that put this dish over the top. This appetizer is a must try if you are a lobster fan.
Stephen started off with the Country Duck Pâté Maison. This dish has been one of Saint Emilion’s specialties since they opened. It features homemade duck pâté with pistachios served with French condiments. The dish came with pearl onions, olives, and Dijon mustard.
For my entrée, I ordered the Chef’s beef special of the day, which was a rib eye accompanied by rosemary mashed potatoes, asparagus, carrots, and tomatoes. The rib eye was really good; however, it did have a considerable amount of fat on it. I ordered it medium rare and it was juicy and tender. The mashed potatoes were velvety and rich. I really like the rosemary flavor. The chef definitely has a gift for cooking vegetables. The asparagus on my dish was the best I’ve ever had. The way he prepared it infused the asparagus with tremendous flavor.
Erin also had one of the chef’s daily specials for her entrée. She ordered the Sea Scallops a la Carbonara. Her scallops were prepared perfectly, just like mine. The dish came with six scallops on top of a bed of pasta with pancetta bits in a light creamy carbonara sauce. Despite the richness and boldness of the flavors, this dish was very light.
Stephen ordered the Steak au Poivre for his entrée. This dish consisted of a Black Angus New York Strip in a classic black peppercorn sauce with Frites (Fries). His steak was delicious and came with a scrumptious brown sauce for dipping. The fries were also very good.For dessert we all shared the Tuile aux Mures, which came with mixed berries warmed in a raspberry liquor with fromage blanc in a crunchy pistachio-coconut cup. This dessert was out of this world. It was decadent and delectable. The warm berries lightened the dish up and went perfectly with the rich custard and sponge type cake that they were on top of.
I thoroughly enjoyed Saint Emilion and highly recommend it to anyone who has a love of fine French cooking. I enjoyed the seafood dishes the most. Make sure to try a dish that has scallops in it when you come! For more information on their location and menu click here.