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Provencal Menu: Autumn Dinner Party

After a long stretch of scorching summer days, cooler autumn weather in Provence offers a chance to serve warm, hearty meals. Fall mornings wrapped in a cloth of humidity with heavy dew and fog clouding the early hours until the sun does its work. With the hard work finished for the year, grapevines turn to shades of golden yellow and fiery crimson. The sweet smell of agricultural bonfires fills the air most days – the forest fires risk passed for another season.

Eygalieres market Fall veggies #TastesofProvence @PerfProvence

Gilles Conchy returned to Provence after an extended stay in California, the call of his native land strong enough to coax him back to the land of olives, rosé and herbes de Provence. Born in Marseille, the California lifestyle was a good fit for a while, but he says that the bouillabaisse (his recipe here) is simply not the same.

Market Fall veggies #TastesofProvence @PerfProvence

The Provence Gourmet is the name of Gilles’ company; he offers both scheduled and customised cooking classes throughout the year in Aix en Provence, his hometown of Marseille, in the Alpilles village of Eygalieres, or on location as requested.

Since Gilles is a master at creating food pairing and clearly knows his way around the kitchen (list of his recipes here) we asked if he would put together the menu for a Provencal Autumn Dinner Party.

Elegant dining #TastesofProvence @PerfProvence

It’s time to set a beautiful table, pull out the crystal, use your best dishes and enjoy his delicious, seasonal picks!

Provencal Menu- Autumn Dinner Party @PerfProvence #TastesofProvence


Moules – Provencal Flavoured Mussels by Provence Gourmet


Legumes Farcis à la Provencal (a Niçoise inspired dish) by Mirabeau Wine


Fig Tart with Marzipan (sweet seduction in a tart) by Nito Carpita


Watch our social media feed for tips from our experts on their wine pairings choices for this Provencal fall menu.

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Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

With her camera and laptop close at hand, Carolyne has traded in her business suits for the world of freelance writing and blogging. Her first airplane ride at six months of age was her introduction to the exciting world of travel.

While in Provence, Carolyne can be found hiking with friends, riding the hills around the Alpilles or tackling Mont Ventoux. Her attachment to the region resonates in Perfectly Provence this digital magazine that she launched in 2014. This website is an opportunity to explore the best of the Mediterranean lifestyle (food & wine, places to stay, expat stories, books on the region, travel tips, real estate tips and more), through our contributors' articles.

Carolyne writes a food and travel blog Ginger and Nutmeg. Carolyne’s freelance articles can be found in Global Living Magazine, Avenue Magazine and City Palate (Published Travel Articles).

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