So the first time Bastille Day really popped on to my radar was from a July issue of Martha Stewart Living from the early 2000's. She did a wonderful spread of fresh summer foods from a local market in, where else ,but New Orleans. The photo shoot was conducted at a beautifully renovated shotgun house not too far from the Quarter. Funny how you can remember such things. For those of you not familiar with Bastille Day, it is a French national holiday, commemorates the storming of the Bastille, which took place on 14 July 1789 and marked the beginning of the French Revolution.
Why am I blogging about Bastille Day? Well in conjunction with my pre orientation visit to Le Cordon Bleu they held an open house for the public which included a wonderful french cooking demonstration and an Student Iron Chef competition focused on French style cuisine. Le Cordon Bleu has a very long and prestigious history in the culinary arts and around the world. The School's history had humble beginnings on a small street in Paris and has grown to encompass over 29 campuses world wide.
I was so excited to be able to attend these demonstrations last weekend as well and get fitted for my chef coat and pants, verify all my financial aid, and meet with the Director of Education at the school!!! I had huge plans of taking stellar pictures of the demos and just hanging out a bit. Unfortunately, life happens and plans change. While I made the trip to the school, I also had my 2 1/2 year old son with me and he was not as interested in learning knife techniques as he was in raiding the eclairs and other goodies the bakerie and patisserie students had prepared for the guests.