Day breaks and the experience of a lifetime began:
Upon entering Les Halles de Lyon, I got the chance to return to my former “Rock Star” status when I recorded with the band Arrested Development, minus the fromage, escargot, cuisses de grenouille and Davy but, it was Davy who caused this photo / autograph signing craziness. The attention and sheer admiration for Davy as we walked through Les Halles was genuine and well deserved. He took time to be photographed and sign autographs for every foodie willing to wait and wait they did.
The opportunity to experience one-on-one the method in which a chef of Davy’s stature selects product was absoultely priceless. So, like any kid in a candy store when the adult says what do you what to try – – I said everything and everything is what I got. Not only did I get to meet some of the most respected and sought after food purveyors in Lyon but, I also managed to taste my way through the entire market missing nothing, well almost nothing, the raw stuff. I love cheese but, after this encounter I can officially say “Cheese for Life.” If I even asked about a particular cheese, I had to taste it. So my appreciation for cheese deepened after this “you ask about it, you taste it” session.
This says it all!!!
Just when I thought it could not get better, it did. Davy suggested we dine at Pierre Orsi – – how could we say no. As we left Les Halles, within minutes we found ourselves face-to-face with Monsieur Pierre Orsi . Again Davy’s humility and sheer generosity came through as he did the formal introductions. After Monsieur Orsi learned I was in the wine business he immediately sent us to the cellar for a tour.
This outing to Les Halles and being introduced to Monsieur Orsi by Davy is a once in a lifetime experience. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have had this encounter and to know I’ve a friend in Lyon whose attention and perfection in the kitchen are natural extensions of his character. I’ve grown accustom to these visits and am looking forward to the return. If you’re there when I am, let’s share a bottle or two and delight in Davy’s passion. The expereince is worth the trip.
By the way, please remember if you’re planning to dine out on Sundays, make sure you make reservations ahead of time. I didn’t and this was my dinner and view.
Man can not live by bread alone but, add a bottle of Chapoutier’s Chante-Alouette and it’s doable.