Good France 2018, a taste of France for a good cause
The French embassy hosted the fourth edition of Goût de France/Good France for the first time in its history on Wednesday the 21st of March 2018. The event combined a gastronomic dinner and an auction whose proceeds will go to the Jamaican Association for the Deaf.
The embassy of France in Jamaica hosted the fourth edition of Goût de France/Good France on Wednesday the 21st of March 2018. Good France is a unique event, bringing together more than 3000 chefs and 3000 menus in a total of 150 countries, thus making it the largest French dinner in the world. This evening of sharing and delight promotes the art de vivre and gastronomic dinner of the French, inscribed on the UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage list.
115 guests had the chance to savor six courses prepared by chef Matthieu Jolly, executive chef at the L’Ajoupa2Gros restaurant in Martinique, in collaboration with Jamaican chef and culinary artist Oji Jaja of Ashebre . Assisted by chefs Cornelia Charley-Beecher, Celeste Gordon and Courtney Virgo, Jolly and Jaja createdd a menu that unites French tradition and creole flavors. Among the many courses, a pumpkin cream soup, pan-seared tuna in honey sauce and beef tenderloin medallions in foie gras sauce were served to those in attendance. The guests also enjoyed a selection of French wines, among which Château Darzac Entre-deux-mers and Château la Cour d’Argent Saint –Emilion, as well as Moët et Chandon Champagne.
The dinner was followed by an auction, whose proceeds will go to the Jamaican Association for the Deaf. Art by Jamaican artists like the late Gene Pearson, as well as various items signed by Usain Bolt and bottles of rare aged rum and cognac were put up for auction. By the end of the night, sufficient funds were collected to build a playground for the children at the Danny Williams School for the Deaf in Papine, Kingston.