My husband and I moved to Paris almost five years ago. In a part of the world where food and wine are of great importance, we've learned that many elaborate and beautiful meals have interesting backstories. Traveling throughout France, we have cultivated friendships with villagers who raise lamb, produce wine, jams, and cheeses. We've sat around many a large family table where dinner is served with much pride and excitement.
That said, the Christmas season brings the most luxurious and spectacular ingredients to the table, as well as the most prized bottles up from the family cave, or cellar.