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May, 2016

Tour de Forks Loves Lyon

Chez Abel, Lyon

Our Secret is Out!

Imagine our surprise and delight when the May issue of Saveur landed in our mailbox - a whole issue dedicated to France - and Lyon was the headliner! We are long-time cheerleaders for the charms of Lyon and have sent many of you to visit this gastronomic capital of France. Located just two easy hours from Paris, it is a delight to discover and has everything a traveler loves to experience: Roman ruins, hidden passages, an old town lovingly preserved, a history of revolt and resistance, the birthplace of film, Jacquard weaving and of course - the food.

The new issue of Saveur hits a few of the more touristy highlights through the eyes of Lyon's "hometown hero" Daniel Boulud. Among the mentions are La Mère Brazier, who put Lyon's restaurants on every gourmand's map; the local bouchon of Daniel and Denise (the article explains why a bouchon is different than a bistro), and the godfather of nouvelle cuisine, Paul Bocuse.

We agree that those are places you should visit. Denise and Daniel is always worth the stop. But ask any resident, taxi-driver, or maraîcher at the Quai Saint-Antoine market and they will recommend Chez Abel for an authentic bouchon experience. And don't miss a stroll along Quai Saint-Antoine to revel in the market melée.

The article mentions the Insitut Bocuse, a well-known school of the chef. Another training school, Ecole Vatel, on rue Franklin, offers a four-course lunch around 40 euros. Young chefs are in training at this school and the lunch is a bargain!

If you're interested in up-and-coming chefs, a stop on Rue Laurencin is a must. Chef Ponson has re-invigorated this charming street located by the Musée des Tissus et des Arts Décoratifs. Here, experience a café, bouchon, restaurant or just drop by Ponson's cave for a wine tasting. Saveur tells you what you can do "on the beaten path." At Tour de Forks, we help you go off the beaten path and find the real Lyon.

Call us at 888 345 3005 or email us at to discuss your trip to Lyon, or any other destination in France.

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Clockwise top left:
La Muri Nero d'Avola; Lena Connor, Lisa Goldman, Melissa Joachim, Giuseppe Ricotta;
Amuri: The Sacred Flavors of Italy; Pistachio crusted lamb.

Successful Film & Dinner Event in New York City

Forty guests enjoyed Tour de Fork's event at Le Cirque. Our thanks to Lena Connor, a co-produce of the documentary Amuri: The Sacred Flavors of Sicily, who introduced the film. Christine Hammond, the U. S. representative of Tasca d'Almerita wines introduced the Grillo, Lamuri, Rosso del Conte, and Diamante wines.

Le Cirque's Italian Executive chef prepared us a delicious Sicilian meal with caponata, panelle, arancini, squid ink risotto, pistachio crusted lamb, and cannoli...all paired perfectly with the Sicilian wines. It was like being back in Sicily! Thanks to all our guests for making it a lovely evening. Watch this newsletter for the next Tour de Forks event!