Here at Try The World, we’ve seen the success of our France Box in the past, so we’ve decided to bring it back again with a new flair inspired by dining at a bistro. France is the home of bistro culture and locals take much pleasure in sitting back and relaxing, while enjoying delicious food and drink. Imagine yourself sitting outside a quaint café, tucked away on a cobblestone street, with the sound of an accordion playing softly…
What’s inside this France Box?
Enjoy quintessential French products, like crêpes and butter cookies, as well as kitchen essentials, such as finishing salt and chestnut spread. Immerse yourself in this country’s rich culinary traditions with products specially selected by Michelin-starred Chef Didier Elena. When combined with the Culture Guide, it’s easy for anyone to enjoy French culture at home.
How to use your France Box?
Start your experience by enjoying fresh crêpes with chestnut spread for an afternoon snack. This food experience was inspired by France’s snack time Le goûter, which happens in the afternoon when children are getting out of school and employee’s experience an afternoon lull.
Afterwards, make some light fare such as crostini made from a baguette and topped with whipped goat cheese and fruit jam from the French island of Corsica in the Mediterranean. You will also make coquettes, or fried dough balls, that are made with crumbled crackers and fresh sea salt, as well as herbs and cheese.
The Culture Guide includes these recipes, along with fun cultural facts so you can experience France and all its wonders at home. This month’s box will transport you to distinct regions in country, which are each known for producing specialties that are uniquely influence by their natural environments – think chestnuts harvested from the forests of Ardèche, to cookies made with rich butter from the northern countryside of Brittany where cows graze, to jam made with fresh fruit that is grown in the sunshine of the south.
About the Curating Chef, Didier Elena
Chef Didier Elena has spent more than 20 years in pursuit of culinary excellence at Michelin-starred kitchens around the world, from Tokyo to Paris, and he is celebrated for his refined approach to classic dishes.
He now leads Chefs Club in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood, a restaurant famed for revolutionizing the industry by featuring chefs from around the world on the menu and with a visiting chef program where chefs come cook in the kitchen for a few nights at a time (around 3 nights max). Many of the dishes that Chef Didier makes at Chefs Club reflect his upbringing along the French Mediterranean and use ingredients such as white wine, garlic, and fresh herbs.