March 07, 2019
International Women’s Day is internationally recognized every year on March 8 as a day to recognize women’s rights and contributions to the world, and many of those women are inspirations to Noemie’s Pantry. It is well known that the French have had a profound impact on culinary history, in everything from technical terms to standard skills to steps of restaurant service. In honor of International Women’s Day, we’d like to highlight 4 women who have made a significant impact in the world of food and wine.Eugénie Brazier will forever have a legacy as key to the development of traditional French cooking. She became the first female chef to earn three Michelin stars, in 1921, at her first restaurant, La Mère Brazier. She is remembered for creating Lyonnaise cuisine, the gold-standard in French cooking, and trained the venerable Paul Bocuse, for whom the coveted Bocuse d’Or award is named.
Continuing the mission to bring French cooking to others, Julia Child is one of the most recognizable chefs over the world. While American by birth, Child was French at heart, training in cooking school while living there, and writing a seminal cookbook with Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle. Mastering the Art of French Cooking introduced the techniques and styles of French cuisine to an American public that would otherwise not have had easy access.
Dominique Crenn is one of many chefs carrying the torch of the French legacy, earning three Michelin stars at her restaurant Atelier Crenn in San Francisco. Crenn has been honored with several awards through her career, and was featured in season 2 of Chef’s Table on Netflix. Her food is known for its inventive and artistic style.
In honoring these and other women, what should you drink but Champagne? Madame Clicquot Ponsardin revolutionized the way sparkling wine is made when she introduced the technique of riddling in the early 19th century. Riddling is the means by which the dead yeast that creates the bubbles in traditionally made Champagne is removed from the bottle before final corking. “Veuve” means “widow” in French, and the Veuve Clicquot Champagne house was lead to new levels of success once the widow took over management after the death of her husband.
International Women’s Day is not a national holiday in France, but it is observed as a day to show appreciation for the women that have had an impact in your life. Traditionally, you would give the women you care about a small bouquet of violets. Since you can’t eat those, we recommend the Anis of Flavigny Violet Candy as a small token of appreciation. A tiny anise seed encased in delicately floral sugar, they are the perfect treat, especially when paired with a glass of French Champagne!
Thank you to James Fairbrother, a fellow foodie and feminist for this special guest blog post.