May 16, 2011
You might have noticed if you’ve been wandering the markets of France recently: asparagus are in season. Wonderful cook, teacher and friend of HiP Paris Marjorie Taylor, who runs the Cook’s Atelier in Burgundy, shares her yummy asparagus risotto recipe with us here, and throws in a few tips for your next weekend trip to Beaune on the way. We don’t know about you, but we can wait to try both! – Geneviève
To a food and wine lover, Beaune makes for a perfect day or weekend getaway when visiting Paris. It is ideally located, just a couple hours from Paris via the TGV, and gives visitors a little taste of authentic France. Beaune is a very picturesque, international little town that offers many possibilities for those interested in learning more about the food and wine of the region. You can explore the small wine villages just outside Beaune and bike through the famous vineyards, wine tasting all along the way.
One of my favorite things to do on a bright spring morning in Burgundy is to visit a local market. You know spring is here when the season’s first wild leeks and artichokes appear at the market. The air is perfumed with the smell of tiny Gariguette strawberries and the vendors’ stalls are filled with violet and white asparagus, wild leeks, fava beans, and spring peas.
The market days in Beaune are on Wednesday and Saturday. Locals fill their market baskets to the brim before stopping at Le Parisian, a favorite local brasserie, for a leisurely coffee or glass of crémant before heading home. On Saturdays, during the spring and summer months, there is a brocante in Place Carnot, the perfect place to find a vintage Madeleine pan, copper pots or French linens.