Eat Local: La Forêt Enchantée (The Enchanted Forest), Margaret River Region, Western Australia, Australia

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An Italianate balustrade welcomes guests to La Forêt Enchantée (The Enchanted Forest), Margaret River Region, Western Australia, where we were met by our hosts, Fee Menzies and Michael Whyte, owners of the estate

 

“Margaret River, just 300 km (186 miles) south of Perth, is rich in special places where the visitor may relax and unwind.  One of the loveliest is approached through old iron gates, along a winding riverside path that leads to a secluded glen, where sunlight filters through tall trees – truly an enchanted forest… the setting for a grand banquet prepared and presented by the award winning chefs of last years Tasting Australia contest.” – Alan Hill, Vogue Entertaining & Travel (Australia)

 

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After Champagne and hors d’oeuvres on the lawn by the river flowing through the property, we walked uphill to “il Palazzo” (their home) for a multi-course dinner, La Forêt Enchantée (The Enchanted Forest), Margaret River Region, Western Australia

 

Set exclusively within 10 acres of private Margaret River water frontage, this forested retreat was the site of a private dinner for a small group of us from the ship, hosted by owners Fee Menzies and Michael Whyte, an engaging leader in the Margaret River wine industry. A proud recipient of the Jaguar Award for Excellence in Travel, La Forêt Enchantée is the private home of our hosts and was established in 1995 as a venue for romantic engagements, intimate weddings and private functions.

“Classical statuary, fountains and urns accentuate a passion for the Renaissance, incorporating sweeping terraces and Italianate balustrade. From beautiful marble bathrooms and granite kitchens through to fairytale turrets and wide verandahs stretching out into open sky decks, the privacy of the forest seems endless, destined to immerse the spirit…. in absolute peace and tranquility.” — http://laforetenchantee.com.au

 

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Final touches to prepare the banquet table for our dinner as we arrived at “il Palazzo”, La Forêt Enchantée (The Enchanted Forest), Margaret River Region, Western Australia

 

Our dinner was cooked by a local chef using all local ingredients.  Host Michael Whyte served special wines from his cellar that made excellent pairings with each course.  We all agreed that the evening was a magnificent introduction to Australian food, cooking, wine and hospitality – everything came together seamlessly to make a truly memorable evening for our small group from our ship.

 

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One of the beautiful rose floral arrangements on the table, from the estate gardens at La Forêt Enchantée (The Enchanted Forest), Margaret River Region, Western Australia

 

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Our entrée (starter) course was local marron (fresh water crayfish found in Western Australia that tastes like lobster), La Forêt Enchantée (The Enchanted Forest), Margaret River Region, Western Australia

 

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Our main course was an Asian pork stew with rice and salad, La Forêt Enchantée (The Enchanted Forest), Margaret River Region, Western Australia

 

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An Australian version of an English trifle with fresh fruit for dessert, La Forêt Enchantée (The Enchanted Forest), Margaret River Region, Western Australia

 

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We ended our dinner with Australian cheeses, La Forêt Enchantée (The Enchanted Forest), Margaret River Region, Western Australia

 

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