Chief Agricultural Products
Social meals begin with an appetizer, followed by 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; and then a dessert. Coffee or liquor finish the evening. A 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.
Wine is consumed with most meals, except breakfast; numerous varieties are available. Red wine generally accompanies meat and cheese, white wine is drunk with fish, and rose wine is an appetizer. Unless certain of its high quality, foreign guests should not give wine as a gift. In formal meals, champagne is drunk with either the appetizer or the dessert. A vast more intricacies are included for etiquette for the French.
Traditional Holiday Foods
A brief example of the French exports. This shows the higher class exports artisan wine, cheese, and breads.
bûche de Noël
A visual representation of the pastry commonly served on Christmas Eve.
Common French Table-setting
An ordinary table-setting commonly found in most restaurants and homes.