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A Taste of Paris Winter Event; It’s a Wrap!

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Oh, what FUN we had!

Ladies smiling with champagne

Last Friday was the A Taste of Paris winter event, It’s Valentine’s day- An Enchanting French Experience and it was epic!

Hosting events quarterly lets me bring my love of France right here to the Dallas area AND give its participants a tiny taste of what ATOP trips are like!

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A group of amazing women joined me at Toulouse, Legacy West for a wonderful day together!

Ladies enjoying themselves

As I welcomed the group, we talked a bit about how French women have je ne sais quoi; that something special that’s hard to put your finger on.  Volumes have been written on the topic, trying to decode this mystery.

To sum up the allure of French women in a few words, I would simply say, that French women seek pleasure in all that they do. They leave shame behind and move towards their passions, enjoying what is before them.

I invited the group to act as French women for the day; to relish in the beauty, flavors and delight the day would bring.  And we began!

Orchid taken by The Art of Living Beautifully

It all started with a lovely presentation on orchids.  I had been deeply inspired by the orchid arrangements at the villa, I take my ATOP group to in Provence.  The simplicity is what makes them so stunning.

Julie O'Keeffe arranging orchids

Julie O’Keeffe owned her own florist for over 20 years in California and studied orchids from a leader in the industry for many years.  She shared a wealth of information on the care of one of nature’s most interesting flowers.

Right before our eyes, and in a matter of minutes, Julie fashioned a stunning arrangement made in a very French, white ceramic planter. She also showed us how simple it is to pop 1 orchid into any kind of container, even a champagne bucket!

Julie has a deep knowledge on flowers and all things that grow.  If you live in McKinney, you are in luck, she can be found most mornings at Trader Joe’s, playing with the flowers!

cocoa pods

Next, I introduced, Troy Easton owner of  Sublime Chocolates at Waters Creek in Allen.

I was so excited to share this boutique brand with the ladies and YOU and just in time for Valentine gift giving.

Troy talking about chocolate

Troy is passionate about fine chocolates and has a profound knowledge of the business.  Including crafting his own bean-to-bar chocolates, which is no small feat!

chocolate samples

He shared how this luscious and exotic food is grown, harvested and produced and then, we got to taste some of his sensational products, an event highlight!

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Troy finishes his truffles in the French way.  The size is a bit smaller (not too small!) with a thin coating of chocolate, and a beautiful design.  Sublime chocolates are very elegant and completely irresistible!

Dior fragrance

After the chocolate our motors were running and we were ready for Erik Martinez, the Regional Director of Dior Beauty.  He was so entertaining as he shared many untold stories of the man behind the brand, Christian Dior, it was utterly fascinating.

Lorie with 3 fragrance samples

He brought a team of 6 to help everyone experience Dior, from lip care to the tantalizing fragrances in the Miss Dior collection and then for a makeup touch ups for all!

Waiter pouring champagne

We were all ready for a champagne break!

chicken Paillard at Toulouse

The 3-course lunch was delectable.  I had the Chicken Paillard, the best, I’ve ever eaten!

Chocolate Lava cake

And Chocolate Lava Cake for dessert really hit the spot, my compliments to the chef!

event favors

I was so pleased to share a gorgeous gift with each of the guests.

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Putting together the assortment of goodies was pure joy for me!

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What an amazing day, focusing on beauty, pleasure and joy!

Wishing everyone a wonderful Valentine’s Day!


Thank you Lauren Palmer, The Art of Living Beautifully for sharing so many beautiful pictures of the event with you!



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One Reply to “A Taste of Paris Winter Event; It’s a Wrap!”

  1. It looks like it was an incredible event! Sad I missed out. Next time! 🙂


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Meet Lorie Fangio

Lorie Fangio is a teaching chef and the founder of A Taste of Paris culinary excursions. She shares her extensive knowledge of French food & culture through cooking classes, regular TV appearances, local publications, and speaking engagements. She is an award-winning food & lifestyle blogger with a zest for gathering people around a table.

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