“Food Wine Burgundy” (new book) — and looking for the same in and around the Morvan, between Vézelay & Autun
1. Researching a trip to Burgundy, I recently came across this review of a book: (http://reignofterroir.com/2010/03/08/...) — it’s David Downie’s brand new (2010) and latest “Terroir” guide — “Food, Wine, Burgundy.”
Roughly the size of a thick Green Guide (450+pages), it’s an opinionated, lively, and beautifully photographed celebration of the small scale wine producers, regional restaurants, bistros, inns, and food shops of the vast Bourgogne — the kind of countryside places we like to patronize. (I’ve already noticed some dining favorites of ours in four of the book’s many recommendations — “Les Deux Ponts” in little Pierre-Perthuis; “Laroche Wine Bar” in Chablis; “Café St. Martin” in Chapaize; and “Le Relais de Flavigny,” in Flavigny-sur-Ozerain — and this makes us trust the rest of the book’s recommendations.) I suspect that other readers of this forum will find this book useful . . . .
2. That said, right now I’m specifically looking for solid, basic regional cooking recommendations in/ around the Morvan, between Vézelay & Autun, and would be pleased to receive suggestions . . . .
It is indeed a worthwhile address. Peter is an excellent chef and he and his partner Jan offer warm hospitality and will give you dining recommendations that otherwise would probably remain un-stumbled upon, such as the tiny Le Chapitre, located just behind the historic cathedral in Autun. They don't offer the table d'hote every night so you need to find when and reserve around it...most generous and reasonable. They have done an amazing transformation of an old rundown rural property into a modern, comfortable destination with lovely gardens. We spent 2 or 3 days last Spring exploring the greater Autun area: Chateaus Sully, Rochepot and Bazoche which was the family estate of the intrepid Vauban.
Another lovely setting for a fine dinner is the Moulin des Ruats just south of Avallon.