This year we are presenting La Savoie with its rich cultural heritage, so here are a few facts for your enjoyment as a prologue to our festivities.
The Etats de Savoie only became part of France in 1860 under Napoleon III and are part of the former Duchy of Savoy that now forms la Savoie and la Haute Savoie.
The Shroud of Turin was sold to the royal house of Savoy in the Middle Ages in exchange for two castles and was first kept first in Chambery. It went to Turin when the city became their new capital.
Baroque art of Savoie
Savoie has an exceptional baroque religious heritage with churches and chapels dating mostly from the 17th century. Started at the time of the Duchy of Savoy, and later built by Italian immigrants to the region, they are filled with colorful and gilded paintings, sculptures and altarpieces.
The oldest evidence of wine making dates back to the Celts who had selected a new grape capable of adapting to the cold alpine conditions. Later the Catholic Church took over and the monks planted vines for the wine needed for mass, refining them so well that they now are quite a pleasant accompaniment to the many cheeses of the region.
Cheeses and transhumance
La Savoie is renowned for its cheeses as you will have a chance to discover (or rediscover) when you come to our Bastille Day celebration (check out the menu below)
Transhumance is an ancestral tradition of taking the cows and sheep to spend the summer in the mountain pastures for about three months.
It is still a tradition filled with festivities as a whole village might accompany the shepherd for the first miles of his upward migration.
Some of the better known cheeses are Beaufort, Reblochon, Tomme de Savoie, Abondance, Raclette.
in the 20th century many of the Alpine villages turned into ski resorts and since then they have merged to offer some of the best and longest skiing areas in the world. With, of course, great places on top of the mountain to have a hot chocolate and/or a raclette. Many of them have also turned the bottom of the slopes into great golf resorts and the villages are increasingly an attractive spot for summer vacations.
Un Menu Savoyard from the best DC area Chefs
Yes, you could make the trip and come visit La Savoie, but it is unlikely that you would eat better than what you will have a chance to taste at our Bastille Day dinner. The best Chefs from our area have prepared a Menu Savoyard that encompasses many of the flavors of the region.
An auction to cater to every taste
PUT IN YOUR BIDS!
It is online and will be closed at the end of our Bastille Day dinner when you will have a chance to continue bidding with some of the items right there for you to see…and be tempted! To discover them click on this link.
Our auction is full of some truly amazing items with more being added regularly. There is art, food, travel, sports, wine, dining and lots of certificates to set aside as birthday or Christmas gifts (when you don’t know what to give to those who already have everything).
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