Emile Henry

July 8, 2011 at 4:16 pm Leave a comment

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Last week Joanne and Katie went to a client meeting with a bit of a twist – this one was in Marcigny – about two hrs from Lyon!  They went to learn all about Emile Henry, a company which has been producing beautiful hand crafted ceramics in Southern Burgundy for over 160 years – so they sort of know what they’re doing!

On arrival they dropped off their bags at a gorgeous Chateaux, Katie informed me that their bedroom had four beds in it; personally, I’m happy with a Travelodge when I’m working away!

It was a cool 39°c on the first day! So as you can imagine the bus journey to the factory was a little warm – Katie thinks they could have placed the ceramics into the bus instead of the Kiln – it was that hot!!

They cooled down with a nice spot of lunch at La Colline du Colombier, where they enjoyed (and I quote) ‘the best mash potato ever’ – the secret ingredient – lots and lots of butter and cream! This was followed by Crêpe Soufflée aux framboises – which you can see in the pics above.

They then went off for a tour of the Emile Henry factory. They learnt how the local clay is mixed to a unique recipe and how each piece is moulded and glazed before it is placed into a 60 meter kiln. Katie estimates it was at least 50°c just stood next to it. To unwind they enjoyed some wine tasting before dinner and then it was off to a choice of four beds to get some rest!

The next day they visited the famous local cattle market in St Christophe, before heading back to the factory where they got to glaze their own pie dishes – they’re being fired now and will be sent over to PPR when they’re finished. For lunch they had frogs’ legs (such a cliché!) before heading back to Blighty.

Needless to say they had a fantastic time and cannot stop raving about Emile Henry – I’m just looking forward to tasting the pies once these dishes arrive!!


Entry filed under: Summer 2011.

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