Thursday 27 July - Celebrate Le Grand Aïoli at Stephane Reynaud's restaurant Tratra in Shoreditch, London.
'A mad joyous circus' - Richard Olney
It was the summers spent in Provence as a guest of the Peyraud family who ran (and continue to run) the legendary Domaine Tempier vineyard that made the greatest impression on the American food writer Richard Olney's life. He faithfully recorded the dishes and times he spent with the family in his most treasured book Lulu's Provençal Table. A touchstone for chefs like Alice Waters and Simon Hopkinson.
One of the dishes that had profound effect on Olney (and many others) is that most iconic of French dishes: Le Grand Aïoli. The dish is a fairly simple one all told, it relies on using very good ingredients and there's a bit of prep but ultimately the finished article is so much greater than the sum of its parts all brought together by the pungent garlic aïoli.
It is a dish to be shared, a dish for a great gathering of friends and family, a dish to be enjoyed with plenty of chilled rosé and a dish that you can enjoy this July at Tratra as we celebrate the start of the summer holidays with our own Fête de l'Été.
With the thought of good food, wine, pleasant surroundings and wonderful company in mind, we hope you will join us at Tratra, Shoreditch on Thursday 27 July to meet Stephane, sample his food as he works in the ktichen.
Stephane's next book One Knife, One Pot, One Dish: Simple French Cooking at Home, will publish 5th October 2017.