Parisian Breakfast at Les Chefs de France

The first thing on today’s busy agenda was for me to attend another special Food & Wine Festival dining event, the 9:00 a.m. Parisian breakfast at Epcot’s…

[IMG]

This was something I had booked and pre-paid for at the end of July. By the time my husband decided to join me for the weekend (which was just two weeks before my trip), this event was sold out so once again I was solo for this one. I did find out though that Niki and her husband were also attending the breakfast so we were hoping to sit together. However, even though we checked in for the breakfast together they were unable to accommodate our wish to be seated together…in fact, we weren’t even seated in the same room. I was seated by myself at a two-top table next to the window facing the World Showcase Lagoon. A server promptly came by to inquire as to what I would like to drink, with the choices being coffee, tea, hot chocolate, orange juice or all of the above. Normally I would have requested coffee, but on a whim I went with the hot chocolate and I am so glad that I did because it was absolutely delicious!! :cloud9:

[IMG]

I have no idea what was in it that made it taste so good, but I think it might have been the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had. Consequently, every time they came around to offer more I said, “Yes, please!” I think I drank 3, maybe even 4 cups! :laughing:

Anyway, then I was directed to the closest buffet line (they had two buffet tables set up in this side of the restaurant, each with identical food) to help myself to all the pastries that I could possibly fit onto one plate…or at least that’s what I did. ;)But before I show you my shamefully full plate, here are some photos from the buffet to give you an idea of what there was to choose from.

First the baguettes, fresh from the oven at Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie…

[IMG]

[IMG]

[IMG]

 


And whether you like your baguette with butter and/or Bonne Maman fruit preserves (strawberry or golden plum mirabelle)…

[IMG]

Or if you are like me and enjoy some ham and/or salami with your bread…

[IMG]

…and maybe some cheese too.


[IMG]

Regardless of your preference, they had you covered here. :thumbsup2

Oh, but if you prefer your bread in the form of a delicious, buttery croissant then you again would have been in luck…

[IMG]


Some of the other savory choices were these Bacon Cheese Bechamel heart-shaped pastries…

[IMG]

Tomato Cheese Tartines…

[IMG]

And the French version of a toasted ham and cheese sandwich, the Croque Monsieur…

[IMG]

Then there were sweet pastries, like Pain au chocolate (aka chocolate croissants)…

[IMG]

Frangipane Triangles…

[IMG]

…and Pumpkin Danish.

[IMG]

 

And here is my plate…

[IMG]

Ok, I know how sinful my plate looks with the pastries piled two-deep high. :guilty: In my defense though, I wanted to taste as many things as possible (for the sake of my review, of course ;)) and they only had full-size portions of the pastries. I wish they had had smaller samples available for those of us who would like just a taste of everything. But as it was, there were a couple of my lesser liked pastries that for the most part went to waste, with only a few bites taken. But what’s that French phrase, “C’est la vie.”

Before I start on my food choices, let’s talk mimosas… :woohoo:

[IMG]

This was my first of two, or maybe even three. I do love mimosas! :thumbsup2 And the best part was that they were included in the price of this breakfast, which by the way, was $39 plus tax (gratuity included).

Ok, now on to the food, starting with the Frangipane pastry…

[IMG]

This was actually a first for me but probably won’t be the last since I really enjoyed this almond-flavored cream-filled pastry.

Next was a Pumpkin danish…

[IMG]

I liked this but not as much as other kinds of danish, such as the cheese danish. But it was something different to try.

Then my meats and cheeses…

[IMG]

Salami, ham, brie, and I think maybe gruyere, all of which were good.

I also tried a Tomato Cheese Tartine for the first time…

[IMG]

This I didn’t really care for. It just didn’t seem like a breakfast food to me. The combination of bread, tomato sauce, and swiss, parmesan, and goat cheeses seemed more suitable for lunch. But to each his own. ;)

For me though, if I’m going to have a sandwich for breakfast then a Croque Monsieur (toasted ham & cheese) is the way to go…

[IMG]

And then last but not least was a buttery, flaky croissant…

[IMG]

Mmmm…I’m really hungry now. How about you? ;)

But wait, that’s not quite all. Before leaving I was presented with this gift bag…

[IMG]

Which was filled with this stuff…

[IMG]

A nice parting gift. :thumbsup2


So although this breakfast was relatively inexpensive compared to many of the other Food & Wine special events, I’m still unsure as to whether it was worth the $39 plus tax. Mimosas are sold at the French bakery for $7.50, so if I had two of these then they would be valued at $15.00. Then the hot chocolate, of which I had three cups, I think, is sold for $3.75/cup, so there is another $11+. That brings the cost of the food to only $13. Considering the price of the Croque Monsieur alone is $8.75, that makes this breakfast sound like a great deal. However, in reality I would have been perfectly content with say a Ham & Cheese Croissant from the bakery for $4.75, one cup of the delicious hot chocolate at $3.75, and perhaps one mimosa for $7.50. With the total coming in at a little more than $27, this would be a savings of $12. Regardless though, I’m glad that I got to experience yet another different F & W event. While it’s not on my must-do-again list, I did enjoy it and would consider doing it again sometime. :thumbsup2

 

Advertisements