Some residents of Provence, a region in the South of France, have a philosophy about recognizing the joy of life by slowing down, savoring each meal, and cherishing time with family and friends. La Madeleine Country French Café is channeling this philosophy and way of life by highlighting the seasonal vegetables, fruits, and herbs that pervade the French countryside with its new Flavors of Provence menu items.
Several new handcrafted recipes, created with fresh ingredients, bring the flavors of Provence to life at la Madeleine. Guests may choose from three new salads including the Chicken, Bacon & Bleu; Roasted Vegetable, Chicken & Goat Cheese; or Cranberry Pecan Wild Field. Additionally, la Madeleine is featuring a variety of lemon pâtisseries made from scratch, including their namesake Lemon Madeleines, Lemon Tarts, and a limited-time Lemon Cream Cake.
“With our new Provence-inspired salads and pâtisseries, guests can experience the essence of the South of France, which is dotted with country cafés and large outdoor markets,” says Susan Dederen, vice president of culinary for la Madeleine. “Perfect for springtime, these menu items highlight the best of fresh, seasonal ingredients. My personal favorite is the pesto roasted vegetable salad with Goat cheese. The Goat cheese adds a creamy tang paired with an array of vegetables at their peak, it is a wonderful combination.”
The three new salads celebrate the ingredients found at Provençal country markets, includingthe Chicken, Bacon & Bleu made with crispy bacon and savory Bleu cheese. The Roasted Vegetable, Chicken & Goat Cheese salad highlights fresh vegetables one would find in France, including pesto-roasted zucchini, red bell peppers, button mushrooms, and a fresh Goat cheese spread. The Cranberry & Pecan Wild Field salad balances sweet and savory flavors with dried cranberries and toasted pecans tossed in balsamic vinaigrette.
For dessert, la Madeleine is featuring variety of lemon cakes and pastries from its namesake Lemon Madeleine, made with real lemon peel and juice, to a moist Lemon Cream Cake. Guests can also try the Lemon White Chocolate Chunk Cookie or Lemon Tarts.
“Highlighting seasonal ingredients and flavors from the Provence region of France is great example of how we are constantly working to maintain authenticity in our menu. We are constantly looking to our French roots for inspiration,” says John Cahill, president of the Dallas-based brand. “We hope that ournew Provence-inspired salads and pâtisseries are enjoyed by our guests, and maybe for a moment during their meal, they can feel a bit of the ‘joie de vivre’ that is the essence of the South of France.
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