Back to School with Jessie et Laurent
Posted on August, 26 2014
Dive into the classics
Not Mark Twain, Henry James, or Jane Austen – we’re referring to classic Jessie et Laurent dishes! So if you’ve been waiting for a favorite menu item to return, this might be your month. In the coming weeks, you’ll be seeing some of our most popular dishes return to our menus. From American favorites like Old Fashioned Pot Pies
and BBQ Pork Baby Back Ribs
to the international flavors of Beef Bourguignon
, Thai Chicken (or Tofu) with Coconut Basil Curry
, and North Atlantic Salmon Piccata
, we’re certain the bevy of options will keep you well fed as summer winds down.
Menus through October 17 are now available so sit back, select your favorites
, and let us do the cooking! P.S. Monday deliveries will proceed as usual on Labor Day – which means all you need to host an all-star picnic, is us.
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In honor of les enfants
returning to school, this month’s free gift is a box of Petit
Écolier chocolate biscuits. (Petit Écolier literally translates to “Little Schoolboy.”) Always so popular with our clients, these regal buttery cookies are topped with a thick layer of glossy European dark chocolate. They’re perfect alongside a hot café au lait – but we also love them on their own! Available while supplies last with qualifying order
School shared fundraising program
Jessie et Laurent has long supported numerous Bay Area community and non-profit organizations, whether through time and the donation of meals or by participating in school fundraising programs. In fact, if you’re a parent with school-age children, you’ve likely been approached to help with the school auction.
Don’t have a house in Tahoe to donate? No time to knock on doors for donations? We can help!
With our Shared Fundraising Program
, you contribute $100 towards a $185 Jessie et Laurent gift certificate PLUS, we’ll provide a Jessie et Laurent cooler and ice packs absolutely free (a $15 value) — so there’s no need to be home to accept our meal delivery. And $185 is enough to feed a family of four for a week… we’d raise our paddle for that!
The recipient/redeemer will also get our personal attention, whether for menu planning, dietary modifications, or delivery accommodations. It’s what we like to call, our culinary concierge service. And it’s why our clients love us.
“Thank you SO much Jessie et Laurent! The gift certificate was perfect for the auction at my son’s school, and I felt great about sharing such a fabulous meal service with another family!”
– Taryn, San Francisco
Jessie et Laurent feed sailors crossing the Pacific
Sailing on the San Francisco Bay last summer, Laurent couldn’t have known that as he tacked into the wind, the Jessie et Laurent sail flying high atop his sailboat would catch the eye of some local sailors, and prompt an unusual catering request.
Fast forward to July 2014, when Jessie et Laurent made a delivery to the 10-
member crew of the race boat Pyewacket (above)
, who were preparing to sail from San Francisco to Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, in the Pacific Cup. For the week-long journey, we kept the team energized with hearty entrées like Lamb and Artichoke Stew, Chicken and Olive Tagine, Short Ribs with Egg Noodles, and Hediard’s Chicken Curry. Preparation had to be slightly modified for the unusual setting, which required that all meals be sealed in airtight “sous-vide” bags. Pyewacket
, an Andrews 68 sailed by Roy Disney and his hand-picked crew, was competing in the Latitude 38 Big Boat division. Setting out on July 11th Pyewacket
maintained the lead for much of the transpacific journey (well-nourished by our meals, no doubt!) but, after battling strong headwinds, she dropped behind top finisher Scarlet Runner
– ultimately finishing 2nd in the division.
An update on our student “down under”
Many of our longtime clients have watched Jessie and Laurent’s son, Henri, grow up through newsletter and blog updates. Now, following his parents’ passion for fine cuisine, Henri has already completed a one-year degree at Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Academy in San Francisco and is now following it up with a two-year degree in Outdoor Adventure Tourism Management in Queenstown, New Zealand. In addition to learning valuable entrepreneurial skills, Henri has been leading zipline tours in the Queenstown area. Even though this puts him 6,700 miles away, Jessie and Laurent couldn’t be more proud of their “favorite son” who dreams of one day joining the family business. Henri just celebrated his 21st birthday and is thoroughly enjoying his life “down under” and so excited for all that lies ahead.
In addition to having a “taste” for cooking, Henri is a gifted artist. Which is why, earlier this month on the morning of her birthday, Jessie was overjoyed to receive a line drawing from Henri, depicting a Kiwi bird with a kiwi fruit center. Or is that a kiwi fruit shaped like a Kiwi bird? We might have to dish up a slice of our Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
and contemplate this for a while…
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"Good apple pies are a considerable part of our domestic happiness."
– Jane Austen