Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

{Taste of France without the Trip} {Learn as You Indulge Yourself}

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

{Taste of France without the Trip} {Learn as You Indulge Yourself}

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IMAGINE taking a journey of the senses this week throughout

provincial France to experience the finest regional food and wine, traditional culture and entertainment.

Instead of a long plane trip and subsequent travel, French language tutor and University of the Sunshine Coast masters student, Mimie Pichenot, has designed her journey through four different regions of France quite simply, using the concept of eating and drinking at the award-winning Reserve Restaurant in Maleny.

Having grown up amid a landscape of vineyards, rolling hills and lush pastures of the picturesque French village of Burgundy, Mimie has tailored a "regional tour de France" course designed to entice beginners and cultural enthusiasts. Mimie, who moved to Australia four years ago, has fond memories of her family entertaining guests over gourmet food and wine, which sparked the idea to develop a French conversation course on the Coast.

"The idea is to have an intimate group of 10 people who, over a four-week period, are immersed in the history, culture and tradition of the different rural regions of France," Mimie said. "The aim is not only to educate people how to look at a French menu or wine list when they travel, but also to teach them the basics of the French language."

With each weekly lesson, Reserve co-owner and head chef Kieran Reekie will specially prepare dishes known to the region. These include Boeuf Bourguignon, matched with a superb glass of Pinot Noir from Burgundy.

KIERAN and business partner Steve Heffernan will deliver the meals to the table in a silver service fashion, as part of their quality, consistency and personalised service motto, to create a memorable experience for the diner.

Both Kieran and Steve embraced Mimie's idea and took it upon themselves to perfect the signature dishes of each French region. …

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