Aptos restaurant Ma Maison: special cassoulet this weekend & wine dinner Oct 6

Ma Maison in Aptos. Courtesy of Patty Hinz Imagery.

Ma Maison in Aptos. Courtesy of Patty Hinz Imagery. The charming Aptos restaurant Ma Maison is serving up cassoulet this weekend, and it’s a rare special occasion.

Executive Chef Lionel Le Morvan, a native of France, only cooks the cassoulet twice a year, as it’s a very long process. Janet Le Morvan, Lionel’s wife and Ma Maison’s co-owner with her husband, says the “…special dish from France’s Languedoc region includes white beans, sausage, pork and duck confit – and the ingredients are simmered over a period of days to harmonize all of the flavors.” The cassoulet costs $25 and will be served at Ma Maison on Friday September 30, Saturday October 1, and Sunday October 2. Reservations are recommended; call (831) 688-5566.

Another enticing event coming up at Ma Maison: a wine dinner on Thursday October 6 at 6:30pm. It’s part of Ma Maison’s “First Thursday Brown Bag Wine Dinner Series” which has a different theme each month. For the October 2011 dinner, the Le Morvans invite attendees to bring a bottle of Zinfandel to share with others. There is no corkage fee during these special events. Guests taste wines as they relax by the restaurant’s fireplace; then they proceed to dinner in the main dining room. Ma Maison has judges taste the different wines that guests have brought, and the best bottle wins a restaurant gift certificate. The event is $35 per person (tax and tips not included); for reservations call  (831) 688-5566. Wine tasting starts at 6:30pm and dinner starts at 7pm.

October 6 menu:

First Course

Warm Brie with cranberry sauce

Organic farmers market salad




Crispy organic Pork Confit,
 Cassoulet style


Valrhona Chocolate Mousse

Seasonal fruits and old vine zinfandel sauce


Ma Maison location: 9051 Soquel Dr., Aptos 95003

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