|The French cuisine is very rich in variety and traditions. When thinking of the most iconic dish of France many options can arise and opinions can diverge. The influence and recognition of classical French cooking techniques are legendary and even underpin many cuisines across the Western world.
French cuisine is a unique, cultural experience that combines flavorful healthy foods with beauty and adorned presentations. Preparing and appreciating French food is an art that takes a lifetime to master, so we feel truly blessed of having a team of expert cooks coming from France that bring to our clients their heritage, knowledge and experience.
One of the dishes born from this culinary tradition is the Vol Au Vent. It is a baked shell of puff pastry, made by cutting two circles in rolled out puff pastry, cutting a hole in one of them, then stacking the ring-shaped piece on top of the disc-shaped piece. Vol Au Vent is traditionally filled with savory salty ingredients or even sweet ones.
In Bonjour we prepare Vol Au Vent with two options of fillings:
Tenderloin: puff pastry basket with tenderloin in strogonoff sauce served with salad.
Chicken: puff pastry basket with chicken ragout served with salad.
It is said that the Vol Au Vent, as it is known today, is credited to the French Chef Antonin Carême who invented it in the first few years of the 19th century, and then became popular in the 20th century. But in fact Carême just refined an existing recipe, because the gâteau Vol-au-vent appears as early as 1750 in the Dictionnaire des alimens, vins et liqueurs (Dictionary of food, wines and liqueurs).
Vol Au Vent is the French expression for “windblown” or flight in the wind, which describes its lightness. In France this preparation is usually served as an appetizer or a small snack, filled with chicken or fish. And although the most traditional shape of the Vol Au Vent is a cylinder, it also is possible to create it in a square or any other shape.
In Bonjour we do not intend providing an extended menu of French specialty dishes, but instead we want you can enjoy this jewel of crown of the French cuisine, that we prepare with love and dedication for our people in Miami.