The 2009 Beaujolais Nouveau made its much-anticipated debut at a special wine tasting and dinner at Pop Champagne & Dessert Bar organized by the Alliance Française de Pasadena on Sunday, November 22 from 4:00 to 10:00 P.M. Alliance director Fanchon, shares that the organization is very old and one of the first in the Southwest dating back to 1924. The French school opened 15 years ago and is located across the street from the restaurant. Fanchon describes the event as “…just an excuse to have fun.” If fun is what you are looking for then Pop Champagne and Dessert bar is the right place. They have an extensive wine and champagne list to accompany your small plates.
My meals were from a prefix menu for the event. Everything eaten except for the ice cream was paired with wine or champagne. Chef Ray Velasquez is wonderful in balancing flavor and has a since of humor when it comes to food. He told us that his mother always told him not to play with food. Among his unique creations are scallops Cordon Bleu and popcorn ice cream. Yes, popcorn ice cream is on the menu. What does it tastes like? It has the smooth flavor of kettle corn. In the picture below give us a unique approach to serving poached pear on a tart.
Pop Champagne and Dessert provides a romantic and fun environment for an evening out.
Photos by Crystal Johnson
Review by Crystal Johnson Restaurant Critic, Los Angeles Examiner and the Valley Scene Magazine