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Do you want to know when your wine collection reach its apogee? Coravin is the solution. Indispensable to the butler to probe the wine cellar. Great tool!
The Butler did it! Perfect in June when the strawberries are back… (in French) Recette de Génoise « shortcake » aux fraises Génoise : 8 œufs 250 g de sucre 240 g de farine 80 g de beurre non salé, fondu et tiède Beurre pommade pour les moules à gâteau 1) Préchauffer le four à 180°C (355°F) (th.
The butler did it, with a smoking gun…(in the kitchen) Ingredients: -2 kg pork ribs (baby back ribs or St-Louis style), about 18 ribs Sauce: -1 clove of garlic – crushed 2 tbsp tomato paste -6 tbsp soya sauce -3 tbsp honey -2 tbsp red wine vinegar -1/2 tsp salt 1/2 pepper -1/2 tsp paprika
The butler did it! What is better in the summer than a refreshing Gaspacho? Here is IMBA take on it: Gaspacho 6 servings -1 kg (about 3 to 4) large sized tomato -1 red pepper 1/2 English cucumber -peeled 4 Tbsp onion -The flesh of 1 avocado -1/2 clove of garlic 4 Tbsp olive oil
Easy to do with good quality frozen croissants. The trick is: after baking @ 375 for 25 minutes, leave the croissants to rest on top of the stove for ten minutes to allow the heat inside to cook the remaining layers of “pâte feuilletée” and fluff the texture (otherwise they might be a bit like
-In French- Palladio, le terroir ou le théâtre (de verdure)? -En attendant Barolo (du 10-20 juillet 2017)- Dessiné en 1580 par le génial architecte de la Renaissance Andrea Palladio, le théâtre Olimpico de Vicence en Vénétie est généralement considéré comme le premier théâtre couvert permanent de l’époque moderne. Je vous invite à regarder les deux
In Focus, by Richard Sagala In Schioppettino Veritas! Have you ever wondered how much harm politicians can do (yes, even in the vineyards)? Imagine this: the Schioppettino grape in the Italian region of Friuli Venezia Giulia as recently as 1976 was an outlaw… To counter this, an emergency town meeting was held a year later in
In Focus, by Richard Sagala Refosco Dal Peduncolo Rosso 2001 Another typical offering of the Ronchi di Cialla Estate is the Refosco Dal Peduncolo Rosso. Typical of Friuli Venezia Giulia, the grape is also found in Veneto and is a parent of the Corvina grape (used in Valpolicella and Amarone). If you read my tasting note
  In this new wine pairing section of the IMBA wine cellar management we will discuss wine & food pairing… An important topic indeed, right up the butler alley. Without further ado: watch this movie clip and notice what wine the villain chooses (and how JB glances at him…) So, what JB does really think about the
A butler thinks constantly about these lines… The Fred Astaire Phantom I by Rolls-Royce

Bespoke!

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has started the production of unique bespoke cars that are totally original and unique. Same as what a butler at the top of his/her game delivers: unique and authentic bespoke service with a rapt attention to details, tailored and adapted to the specific needs of his employer. This You Tube video is
by Richard Sagala, Butler / Rolls-Royce Chauffeur Thursday 25th of May 2017 = National Wine Day. The situation: The bottle of Dom Pérignon is not cold and is needed urgently… Here is a trick from a certified Rolls-Royce chauffeur. You don’t own a Rolls-Royce (but own a fridge)? No problem. Use this method at home if
Many a fine cars can be seen on the Côte d’Azur. Are you familiar with the French Riviera? by Richard Sagala Butler/ Rolls-Royce Certified Chauffeur While the Cannes Movie festival is still on, here is a little quizz: Have a look at this short and superbly shot promotional film for the Rolls-Royce Dawn. Would you
  In Focus, By Richard Sagala This bottle of Löwengang Chardonnay is of a light gold colour with green highlights. On the nose, aromas of Golden Delicious apples are supported by caramelized apples, vanilla and poached pears. On the palate one feels that this is a dry wine endowed with refreshing acidity, generous alcohol and
In Focus, by Richard Sagala Today, Monday the 22nd of May is an official holiday in Canada.The occasion is to celebrate Queen Victoria the great Grandmother of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second our Canadian head of State. Moët & Chandon Champagne House (producers of Dom Pérignon), holds a royal warrant as supplier of champagne to Queen Elizabeth
IMBA International Montreal Butler Academy elegant table setting

On table setting

Simple, yet Elegant! Do not expect too fancy linen towel like birds of paradise and circumvoluted napkin design on an elegant table setting. Banquet people do that. Butlers deal with the finest linen and extreme quality china and silverware that speak softly with a hush tone of elegance. Precision and simplicity trumps it all.
On Tuesday April the 18th, a philantropic auction + concert was held in Montreal for the SAMS (Société Artistique en Milieu de Santé). International Montreal Butler Academy (IMBA) contributed two lots comprising of 2 wine tasting conferences (Friuli &Bordeaux ). Each fetched a price of CDN$ 1000. SAMS netted two thousand dollars from them. This is
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  by Richard Sagala Pouget, Margaux Fourth Growth dodged (very well) the 2003 heat wave! The appearance is typical Margaux with some bottle age: a clear medium garnet with ruby colour highlights followed by aromas of black cherries, tobacco, with a hint of cloves and subdued vegetal fern notes. Of medium body, this supple wine
In Focus, by Richard Sagala  Coming from the private estate of the Lur-Saluces family, the 2003 vintage was born while Alexandre, the actual owner of the Fargues estate, was still in charge of the mythical Château d’Yquem. Count Alexandre de Lur-Saluces was actively involved at Château d’Yquem from 1968 to 2004 as the owner and manager
At the IMBA, the International Montreal Butler Academy, Rolls-Royce is a constant source of inspiration. Recently, the Robb Report voted it 2017 Car of the Year saying about the Dawn ride: “Smooth and quiet, like you’re floating on air” In 2001, the owner of the IMBA school, Richard Sagala, got his Bentley/Rolls-Royce certification in Crewe and
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