So you’ve never tasted madeleine cakes from Commercy, Brie de Meaux cheese, sugared almonds from Verdun or jam made with redcurrants de-seeded with a goose quill in Bar-le-Duc ?
If you haven’t, it’s time to set off on our country highways and byways and explore the area with its meadows, orchards, vineyards, forests etc. Stop in our villages and have a chat with the locals – they love sharing their passion for the very best of our local produce.
Food here is based on a long tradition of culinary skill and taste with just a soupçon of imagination. Just reading a list of local specialities says a great deal about this expertise and love of creativity.
After all, it was a madeleine cake that inspired the author, Marcel Proust. Sugared almonds from Verdun delighted Colbert, the 17th-century government minister and the redcurrant jam deseeded with a goose quill was a favourite with Alfred Hitchcock. It’s enough to send shivers up your spine…
Actually, our professional chefs do their utmost to surprise and delight the palates of epicures.
Our Meuse is a land of mouthwatering delights and flavours ! And our vignerons play their part, as do the local distillers.
Meuse is also famous for its beer, and has been for many, many years. Even now, it boasts a few magical locations that are upholding traditions while adding a touch of modern creativity. A visit to a micro-brewery adds to the festive atmosphere of any holiday in Meuse, the county that, in culinary terms, is always pushing the boundaries. Truffles, mirabelle plums and freshwater fish had better watch out !