Monday, February 21, 2011

Stephanie's Birthday at Bistro Des Copains

Last night, daughter Stephanie and two of her BFF and spouses invaded Bistro Des Copains, the small French bistro I co-own with friends Cluney and Ferney in Occidental, California to celebrate her 29th birthday. Wife Shirley and I were invited too.

I think it is fair to say we all had a great time. I didn't take any pictures of the food but as I recall starters included butter leaf salad with creamy vinaigrette, dungeness crab beignets, escargots, and roasted beet salad with micro greens.

Main courses included steak and frites, rabbit in a mustard sauce over noodles, roasted red beet and Redwood Hill Farm goat cheese ravioli with braised chard and a lemon sage butter sauce, braised lamb shank over lentils and pan roasted duck breast over mashed potatoes with a blueberry sauce.

In the picture below, daughter Stephanie in the middle with BFF Andrea on the left and BFF Katie on the right.

Darling daughter Stephanie and husband Earl.

BFF Andrea with husband Richard. Richard is a fellow blogger and writes on healthy living at Richard's Health Musings. They have an adorable baby girl named Zori.

BFF Katie and husband Brandon. They have an adorable baby boy named Brady. They are looking for tips on how to get a baby to sleep through the night.

Shirley and me. Besides darling Stephanie, we have another beautiful daughter named Tricia and we have four adorable grandchildren; Avery, Dylan, Caedon and Madison.

Stephanie with her new baby Madison. Madison was so sweet and a huge hit with the diners last night at Bistro Des Copains. Brother Dylan was home with a friend.

Stephanie is the planner in the family and makes sure we never have a chance to get bored, and that we are always looking forward to the next family vacation. She loves to eat and have a good time so it was nice to have her and her BFFs at Bistro Des Copains.

Life has been great for the first 29 years but I am quite sure the best years are still ahead. Happy birthday dear Stephanie. We love you.

Bonne journée et a bientôt.


  1. Happy Birthday Stephanie! Wonderful pics!

  2. can't wait to see you all my cousins! I will try to call you soon Meech.


  3. great looking family! Everyone looks happy and healthy.

  4. What a lovely family & sounds like a fantastic birthday! Thanks for sharing with us & the bistro sounds absolutely delicious :)

  5. Thanks Jessica, we miss you!

    Matthias, comment ca va mon cousin? A bientot!

    Megan, thank you! We are very blessed!

    Tuula, thank you! A very good time was had by all! Family gatherings are the best!

  6. Thank you for the AMAZING dinner Michel! We had a fantastic time and already miss you all!

  7. You have a beautiful family. I hope your daughter's friend's baby starts sleeping, but I don't know any tricks other than time. Who does the cooking in your restaurant?

  8. Andrea - It was an honor to have you and Richard come dine at the Bistro. It was nice to see you again.

    Meredith - I am a very lucky man. I guide the menu and help keep us French. The cooking is done by two very talented co chefs de cuisine: Joe Clark and Ty Wong. I would love to have you stop in if you are ever in Northern California.