Duck confit, foie gras, asparagus and many varieties of luscious strawberries. That’s what the Perigord region conjures up for me, and what we experienced when we visited the market while staying in a lovely flat right in the middle of Sarlat a few year ago.
It’s certainly what Guy Buffett conveys in this adorable set of tableware designed for Williams Sonoma.
They’re so colourful and lively – suitable for any season. There are six different salad plates:
I was particularly captivated by the plate with the man on the scooter. I had just purchased the plates from eBay when we came across this bottle of wine at a favourite Italian restaurant in Newport, Rhode Island, where we had lunch after doing The Servant’s Life tour at The Elms. Red scooters!
Styling the plates was easy: food and wine. I created a centrepiece of vegetables – easy and practical, because you can eat it afterwards – bonus!
The Vine Floral Boutis by Williams Sonoma is typical of the quilted runners and tablecloths produced in France. Striped napkins from Amazon, blue placemats from Pier 1 and pewter Danieli cutlery from World Market added some colour and continued with the rustic theme.
I had debated using Colonial Dame green glasses, as the green in the plates was so vibrant, but elected to go with Old Williamsburg Deep Blue by Imperial Glass instead. The chunkiness and clear blue tone just seemed right, and paired with simple red wine balloons. The dinner plate is french porcelain, Queen Anne by Pillivuyt from Williams Sonoma.
These horn handled fruit knives are a recent Etsy find, and I got them from the same vendor who supplied the Choisy Faience plates I styled a couple of weeks ago. She was lovely; I had purchased eight knives, and they came in a case that held twelve, so she included four bakelite handled knives in the same pattern at no charge. It was a very pleasant surprise, and they coordinate perfectly with the horn handles, as you can see.
Olive loaf, olives and cheese on a Gien Oiseaux Blue platter added to the ambience, and also had the virtue of being consumable! The wine coaster is in the same pattern.
It makes me want to go back to France and visit the Dordogne again. Sarlat is beautiful, and renowned for their incredible market, which we visited during our stay. Olives, meat (especially sausages), asparagus and strawberries galore. And the flowers! I couldn’t resist the incredible lilacs.
The castles in the region are more primitive than the ones in the Loire Valley. Situated high on the hills surrounding the valley, they provided defensive fortifications. Chateau de Beynac looks just like one of the castles shown in the background of two of the plates, doesn’t it?
And Chateau de Castlenaud in the valley below
I can quite see how Guy Buffet was inspired to create these plates. This is the statue in Sarlat featuring the local canard (duck).
Good food, fine wine, convivial surroundings and good friends. That’s what these plates evoke.
Reminiscent of the marvellous lunch we had after shopping at the market in Sarlat. Cheers!
And all set to enjoy another wonderful meal…
Happy Thursday, everyone. And happy February!
I’m sharing this post with Between Naps on the Porch.
I love the deep blue Imperial Old Williamsburg. Of course I do – I have 24 for of each of the ice tea, water and wines in my closet, The result of visiting the factory on the Ohio river years ago.
Somehow the first part of my comment went missing, a hazard for the technologically challenged. I had wanted to say that I found this table setting colorful, cheerful and amusing. The serendipity of finding the wine with an appropriately whimsical label, leave it to you. Il Bastardo – made me laugh, a good way to start any meal. I’m wondering how one could preserve the bottle and label for future use. It is just too perfect to throw away the empty.
Your photos of Sarlat are wanderlust inducing. The markets look so very inviting and your replication of the market spirit in your centerpiece emphasized their beauty. Thank you for sharing your table and travels with us.
Finding the wine was indeed serendipitous. It’s like when you buy a certain car, suddenly they show up everywhere. I think I had red scooters on the brain…
No one does markets like the French! They do take their food very seriously, and the quality at the markets is not to be believed. We had a wonderful time on that particular trip, between the chateaux and the dining.
Thanks for persevering with the comments. There must have been something wonky yesterday. Another person also had difficulties.
With kind regards,
Somehow my comment disappeared. Loved these salad plates but almost too fun to cover up with wispy green vegetation, no offense to your salads. Miss the markets over there.
I have a tin of duck fat that I got in the UK and haven’t opened it yet. I’ll share it with you if you remind me this spring. Looking forward to your next exotic and beautiful place setting.
Oooh, duck fat! Mmmmm. We must get together and use that.. roast potatoes anyone? I foresee another lively meal. 🙂
Yes, shopping in the European markets is a whole lot more enjoyable than Stop N Shop, isn’t it? I always have a bad case of withdrawal when I return.
Hope you’re well and staying warm!