A lot of folks think of art, romance, and the Eiffel Tower when France comes to mind. For us, it’s all about the French food & wine! There is not a region of France that does not produce some great beverage or gastronomic morsel that is not in demand throughout the world, and we are so fortunate to have such a plethora of great French food here at DLM. So come along and have a French picnic or French-inspired dinner right here in Dayton!
27 French Food Items You Must Try
1. LE VILLAGE SPARKLING FRENCH LEMONADE
Perfect for cocktails or a laid-back Saturday afternoon. Try it as the French do in a panaché: half lemonade and the other half a lager beer.
Featuring a unique array of flavored shells and fillings, we get this French food favorite from our dear friend Ghyslain. Ship them!
3. MADRANGE JAMBON NATURAL HAM
No added nitrites, nitrates, water, or coloring, enjoy this ham on a baguette with a hint of Dijon mustard and cornichons.
4. MICHE BREAD
“Miche” is literally a French word for “loaf” and a fitting tribute to this bread’s rustic character. After tasting it on a bakery-lined street in Paris, we knew we needed to bake this bread at DLM!
You’ll love the beautiful aroma of roasted walnuts from the south of France. For a vinaigrette, combine with Banyuls Vinegar or lemon juice. Have it shipped!
6. LE PITHIVIER
Named after the town where it originated in the Loire region of France, this puff pastry has a light almond cream.
Walk into any French restaurant and you will likely see an oyster dish on the menu. In fact, it’s estimated that France is the No. 1 consumer and exporter of this wine of the sea.
8. JACQUES GONIDEC SARDINES
The ultimate treat smeared on a cracker, bread, or even eggs. Hand packed in olive oil and available with tomato, lemon, or chili peppers!
9. GROIX & NATURE SALMON OR SCALLOP RILLETTES
Fishing is second nature to the inhabitants of the island Groix in Southern Brittany. We like these delicacies on DLM Italian Mini Toasts, warm blinis, or in a salad.
10. FICELLE SANDWICHES
With varieties like The Parisian, you’ll be picnic-ready with a few of these French-style sandwiches in your basket.
11. CROQUE MONSIEUR
French ham, Gruyère cheese, and our béchamel sauce, grilled to perfection at our Sandwich Station!
12. LE CHOCOLAT DES FRANÇAIS
Delicious and fun, these high quality French chocolate bars have a whimsical side with labels that remind one slightly of an Andy Warhol collection.
13. DLM BUTTER CARAMELS
The Paris-Caramels company’s reputation is based on the quality of the ingredients with only Charentes-Poitou PDO butter, milk, crème fraîche, and French cane sugar used in the making of these decadent treats.
Located in the charming village of Beaune (the heart of Burgundy), this mustard is unrivaled by any other taking this simple condiment to near gastronomic perfection!
Jams with a wonderfully distinct flavor while not being overly sweet. Try spread over buttered Farmhouse toast.
Fromage of France
France’s varied terroir can sustain different milk-producing animals resulting in a variety of cheeses. Here are some of our favorites, clockwise from the top left!
A rich cows’ milk cheese with a traditional line of ash separating the morning and evening milk. This pungent cheese is great on a baguette with a glass of red wine.
17. P’TIT BASQUE
Sheeps’ milk cheese from the French side of the Pyrenees Mountains. This mild, delicate cheese is the perfect charcuterie accompaniment.
18. BRIE DE MEAUX
An interesting cows’ milk cheese with a burnt orange color. It’s buttery in the palate with a slightly nutty, salty tone that makes it great in omelets!
20. LE PAPILLON ROQUEFORT
A sheeps’ milk cheese made in the world-famous caves of Roquefort. Simply smear on warm and crusty bread.
21. LA FERME DE GICON CÔTES DU RHÔNE ROSÉ 2018
From the south of France, this is summer in a bottle with its bright, dry strawberry and raspberry fruit and floral tones. Made primarily of Grenache with a touch of Syrah, it is perfect with a cheese and olive plate.
22. CLARENDELLE BORDEAUX ROUGE 2015
A new favorite of ours with its blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc. Ample black currants and silky smooth tannins make it a very friendly dinner wine.
23. CHAMPALOU VOUVRAY LA CUVÉE DES FONDRAUX 2017
This Loire Valley wine shows a lot of stone fruit and orange peel wrapped in an elegant sheath of crisp acidity, pairing well with seafood and a variety of French food. This is a seriously good Chenin Blanc from vines averaging 45+ years!
24. CLOS LA COUTALE CAHORS 2015
This is the ultimate dinner wine that is just the right balance of rustic old worldliness and total drinkability! A blend of primarily Malbec and a touch of Merlot, this wine is made for grilled steaks.
25. CHÂTEAU GRAVILLE-LACOSTE GRAVES BLANC 2017
A crisp, invigorating white wine that is made primarily from Sémillon in Bordeaux. It lends itself well to seafood, roasted chicken, or a salad with a vinaigrette made with Leblanc Huile de Noix Walnut oil.
26. FLORENSAC PICPOUL DE PINET 2017
A great everyday white wine that’s crisp, clean, and vibrant making it perfect as a crowd pleaser on the patio or paired with light seafood or poultry dishes.
27. DOMAINE DE VERQUIÈRE RASTEAU
Organically farmed Grenache and Syrah from a small family estate beneath the limestone cliffs of the Dentelles de Montmirail. Intensely flavored, it’s a beautiful wine paired with grilled foods or a hearty cheese and charcuterie plate.