Take a Trip to Provence

Dreaming of southern France? Travel there by way of the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower on March 1st, thanks to a book signing of "Provence Food and Wine: The Art of Living."

Authors’ new book promotes the pleasures of food, wine and living in southern France.

Right about now, who wouldn’t love to trade our polar vortex for Provence? Even if you don’t have a trip booked to the lovely French land of lavender and rosé wine, you can transport yourself there (virtually) by way of the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower. On Saturday, March 1, the authors of Provence Food and Wine: The Art of Living (Agate Surrey Books, $19.95) visited the downtown hotel at 20 East Chestnut Street, and present their new book.

Award-winning French photographer François Millo is director of the Provence Wine Council (tough work if you can get it, right?). Author Viktorija Todorovska operates Oliva Cooking, a cooking, wine and travel company based here in Chicago. Together, they’ve cooked up a book packed with 40 traditional Provençal recipes extolling the taste and health virtues of the Mediterranean diet — and of course, plenty of info on Provence’s famous vin rosé. (Note to wine lovers – real men really do drink this pink wine. And contrary to popular belief, you really can drink it year-round.)

Provence Food and Wine also delves into food and wine pairings – and its full-color photographs might prompt you to start trolling for airfares to France. Beyond the recipes and wine advice, the tome also offers travelers tips on what to do, where to stay, and how to savor this southern France experience.

To accompany Millo’s and Todorovska’s talk, the Sofitel’s Executive Chef Greg Biggers –who also oversees the hotel’s stellar contemporary French restaurant, Café des Architectes – prepared light appetizers served along with tastes of Provençal wine. Of course, copies of Provence Food and Wine were available for sale and signed by both authors.

So if you’re dreaming about southern France, pick up a copy of the book today!

Santé, indeed!


About Maureen Jenkins

Maureen Jenkins is a food/travel writer and communications professional who's visited nearly 35 countries and territories, lived in Florence, Italy, and recently spent a year living in a charming village near Paris, France. The self-proclaimed 'urban travel girl' talks travel, food and wine – abroad and in Chicago – in "TCW Travel Connection.” Read more of her thoughts on living globally at UrbanTravelGirl.com.