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French Poodle Vinagrette
The French Poodle Salad Dressing History
This original recipe was created in a small hillside restaurant on the Cote d’azur in 1870 where it remained until 1941, then entrusted to longtime protégé Marianette Becham.
In 1950 Marianette and Jean Becham came to the United States working in exclusive resorts. In 1961 the Bechams opened The French Poodle Restaurant in Carmel by-the Sea. After 20 years, this entrusted recipe found its new home.
At the French Poodle the salad dressing became a local favorite and was sold to patrons in recycled wine bottles. In 1977 the Bechams retired, entrusting the The French Poodle Restaurant and this recipe to executive chef of the lodge at Pebble Beach, Marc Vedrines.
The tradition continued, although the salad dressing could only be purchased while dining at The French Poodle. In 1996 the Vedrines retired, entrusting The French Poodle and the recipe to long-time employee Richard Zoellin, who began selling the salad dressing to clients coming to the kitchen door before business hours.
And, now.. Surroundings is lucky enough to be the exclusive New England retailer of this special dressing that is excellent on any type of salad and also makes a great marinade for shellfish, fish and meats. Its a wonderfully light vinagrette that has just the right amount of brightness but never overwhelms the dish. It makes a great hostess gift, and be sure to keep one for yourself... it's that good.
Virginia Cocktail Peanuts
Virginia Cocktail Peanuts' are the best you can buy. Salted, spiced or dipped in chocolate, they make a great hostess gift, birthday present and they are handy to have in the pantry when you have company or feeling like treating yourself. The Toffee is a Surroundings favorite. Virginia Cocktail peanuts are harvested, cooked and packaged by American workers and the company is committed to using 100% American grown and/or made products. The packaging is fully recyclable.
Varierty includes: Milk Chocolate dipped, Dark Chocolate dipped,
Sea Salted, Cajun, Toffied and Jalapeno.