Native Customs (food/eating)
Both hands remain above the table at all times. A man may rest his wrists, and a woman her forearms, on the table edge. One does not place the elbows on the table. The French eat with the fork in the left hand and the knife in the right.
Bread, eaten with every meal, is broken with the fingers and used to wipe the plate. It can also be used to push food onto the fork
Wine is consumed with most meals, except breakfast
white wine is drunk with fish, and rose wine is an appetizer.
(foreign guests should not give wine as a gift. In formal meals, champagne is drunk with either the appetizer or the dessert.)
hors d'oeuvres ( a first course of soup or salad; a main course of fish, pasta, or a meat cooked in a crust or sauce; cheese )
typical family meal has two to four courses.
Meals with extended family can last up to four hours.
When eating out, the person who invites or makes the suggestion usually pays.
Holidays & foods that are served
- Bastille Day
Ham and Camembert Baguette Sandwich, Pistou Deviled Eggs with Ratatouille, Niçoise Salad, French Chocolate Macarons with Chocolate Ganache, French 75
- Beaujolais Nouveau
celebrate the end of the grape harvest each year.
Cocktail-party - patés, petite sausages, assortment of little savories like black olives, cornichons, mustard and breads like baguette or whole-grain peasant loaf. etc..
Later on, a tray of madeleines, chocolate truffles or petits fours would be a sweet way to end the night.
- Mardi gras
Traditional King Cake, Sazerac, Spicy Rémoulade Sauce, Crawfish Étouffée, Cajun Corn Maque Choux, Creole Fried Rice