Tuesday, December 10, 2013

"Joyeux Noel" Luncheon: 13 Desserts

Today I'm hosting a little "Joyeux Noel" luncheon, because I wanted to have a holiday celebration but bring in some new (to me) traditions. I'll be sharing all the details with you, but I thought I'd skip right to the good stuff: dessert(s)!
After doing a little research, my friend and French guru Gwen clued me in on a little tradition in Provence: serving 13 desserts after Christmas supper. While the items vary by region, the number is always the same. Since my region is Dumbo, I decided to serve my own homemade caramels, plus desserts from local businesses: Almondine Bakery, Jacques Torres, and One Girl Cookies. I rarely serve store bought desserts, but for this lunch I wanted to focus my efforts on the main dish: Gnocchi a la Parisienne. Plus the places where I bought the desserts make really incredible treats, so I feel good about serving them.
In Provence the 13 desserts, called Les Treize Desserts de Noël, represent Jesus Christ and 12 Apostles at The Last Supper. They are served on Christmas Eve and are left out on the table for 3 days. Here in Dumbo, they are served on a Tuesday afternoon and are soon to be devoured by me and my guests who are arriving shortly…so I'm off to the kitchen! Tomorrow and Thursday I'll share the invitations, favors and signature sparkling cocktail (and maybe the gnocchi if they are a success!)

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