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Joie de Vivre

From fine dining to world class events, Le Chateau des Fleurs in Eagle encourages the art of living.

By Liza Long, Photography courtesy of Tribe Creative Media

Our week had been even more frantic than normal, with 5:30 a.m. flights and numerous deadlines that limited my interactions with my husband to a rushed peck on the cheek as we passed each other in the kitchen. So I did what any romantic-at-heart would do: I booked a table for two at Le Coq d’Or in Eagle, where Ed and I could reconnect as we experienced the fine art and leisure of dining.

The farm-to-table Provencal style restaurant, showcasing the culinary masterpieces of Executive Chef Franck Bacquet and his talented kitchen, is only one of the attractions on the menu at Le Chateau des Fleurs, an elegant, spacious event center with public gardens located on the Camille Beckman campus.

When Ed and I entered the 18th-century French-style chateau, we both immediately recalled our visits to Versailles, the elaborately appointed and meticulously detailed palace of France’s “Sun King,” Louis XIV. Before our much-anticipated meal, the Chateau’s director of operations, Mary May, who also serves as board president for the College of Western Idaho Foundation and volunteers with the Board of Idaho Performing Arts, graciously gave us a tour of the new events center and its grounds.

“There’s nothing else quite like it in our area,” May said, which felt like an understatement as we took in the gleaming marble floors and rows of gilded chandeliers glittering with thousands of crystals. The Golden and Platinum ballrooms were already set up for weekend events, with tables covered in crisp fine linens and topped with elegant custom floral centerpieces.

“We are already booking events in 2017,” May noted proudly, adding that Boise High School alumni had chosen the center, which opened in mid-October 2015, for a 50-year reunion.

May is especially fond of the tasteful Lillian bridal suite, where brides and their attendants can relax and prepare for their magical day. “Every wedding day is a story,” she said. The Chateau’s talented staff can work wiInterior-1th couples to create a unique and truly memorable experience.

For smaller gatherings like board retreats or other business meetings, the more intimate, exquisitely decorated Black Diamond and White Diamond rooms provide ample space, also serving as overflow dining areas when the restaurant’s main space is full. Mark Lajos paintings cover flat screen televisions in these rooms; the events center is equipped with the latest technology. Lajos, a fin de siècle Hungarian painter known for his portraits, also graces the walls of Le Coq d’Or; a stunning nude stretches languidly across the central wall.

In a short video on the Chateau’s website, Susan Camille Beckman Roghani, who continues (with her daughter Roshan) to run the Idaho-based beauty product company she founded in 1985, describes her joy at seeing her family’s dream come to life. “It’s a group of terrifically talented people all coming together to create this wonderful experience,” she says.

Susan also notes that some of the seeds planted in the gardens were passed down from her grandfather and father. These organic gardens supply the farm-to-table produce that makes a dining experience at the Chateau’s restaurant truly exceptional. While the masterfully prepared medium rare duck and lamb were the ostensible stars of our meal, the fresh, tender, flavorful Brussels sprouts and carrots complemented the entrees to perfection. The lamb and duck are both sourced locally, in keeping with the restaurant’s goal to reduce its carbon footprint.

But what we enjoyed most was the experience of savoring good wine, excellent service, and food that was likChef-1e a Louvre for the palate. And of course, each other’s company.

Our waiter, Phil, reminded us why serving is a true profession. He bantered with us, recommended a Koenig Cabernet that paired well with our selections, and made sure that every aspect of our dining experience was perfectly timed from the start to the crème brulee finish.

When you dine at Le Coq d’Or, come prepared to leave your phone in your purse and the cares of the world at home. Science tells us that spending money on experiences rather than things makes us happier, and Ed and I could not have agreed more as we left the restaurant relaxed, refreshed, and reconnected.

“This would be the perfect place to bring friends for the holidays,” Ed remarked as we left the gleaming Chateau behind us. Consider that tip our holiday gift to you. This season, give yourself the gift of time as you enjoy a relaxed and intimate meal that will feed your body, mind, and soul. That’s the art—and joy—of living.

Le Coq d’Or serves dinner Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday: 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Reservations are accepted; private dining is also available upon request.

For more information about planning an event, visit www.chateaueagle.com or contact Mary May, Director of Operations, at (208) 947-2844.