Food is an essential aspect of life. It can do more than just nourish the
body. It can contribute to one’s joy, health, and personal fulfillment.
Every day can be a celebration! It is the desire and mission of Galiléa
to guide the hidden chef in everyone to rediscover food. Galilea will:
∙ Assist fellow epicures in preparing everyday meals with the
understanding of how they are connected to all the ingredients
that they use and with the people who provided those
∙Provide the tools that will help members enjoy cooking as an artist
and to express themselves and their understanding through their
∙ Provide a forum for members to share their own creations with
friends and family as an introduction to the pleasures of good
food and conscious eating.
These tools include learning the magic of using classic preparations of
stocks, mother sauces, marinades, and infusions of spices and herbs to
enhance and evoke the depth of flavors and tastes. The universe of food
offers you an unlimited variety of choices. Variety is the spice of life,
and food is the elixir of life.
To guide members through the sensuality of tasting wine by teaching
them to recognize the power and subtlety that each wine varietal has to
offer. The qualities of each wine are waiting to open one up to the
silent universe of appreciation when the explosion of taste creates the
ultimate connection between your personal expectation and what the
wine has to offer. That is why understanding wine is a lifelong quest.
Learning more about wine makes one love wine more.
Galiléa, always through a poetic and romantic approach, will implant a
creative way of paying attention to what wine has to offer beyond
simply analyzing how to taste. Through wine one can receive an
understanding of universal laws that can be applied for one’s own self-
development. Here is an example: “Knowing how to age well is to
know how to keep alive for a long time the virtues of youth.” This is
one of Galiléa’s meditations that makes her a marchand de bonheur,
someone who always gives and produces the best that is in her power
in order to be reborn again like the grapevine that every spring begins
to go through its yearly natural process.
Galiléa will act as orchestra leader to harmonize perfect food and wine
pairings at the moment of their performance.
Food and wine paring follows certain basic rules, but the result is very
personal. When one is entertaining, the right pairing creates an
intimacy, a harmony that elevates the resonance of pleasure for one’s
guests and allows one to connect with them and share together the
secret and magic of food and wine pairing. No pairing is identical. One
must learn to use one’s own judgment. It is an experience members will
want to repeat again and again.
Galiléa’s gastronomic culinary circle is intended to be a place to meet
and to share the values of a food and wine society.
“When an individual masters himself, his family becomes happy.
When the family is happy, society becomes healthy.
When society is healthy, the world becomes peaceful.”
– Michio Kushi, Natural Healing Through Macrobiotics
Taste is a sense that requires more attention than simply knowing
whether something is “good” or “bad.” Galiléa will demonstrate the
universe of pleasures related to taste through food, wine, and food and
wine pairings, and teach members to know that every time they taste
food it will trigger an automatic process of appreciation. The result will
be a joy and a way to give love to others.
Galiléa has developed, through years of preparing meals for the
happiness of her guests, a sense of universal taste. This means feeling
the food through the entire sequence of courses in the menu offered in a
way that will please every guest, even those who are usually not fond
of certain ingredients. The sense of universal taste opens up the
universe of food.
Your guide to wine in French is Galiléa, a French personage who
represents passion for wine, gastronomy, and the French language. The
personage of Galiléa will appear during the tasting and French
immersion portion of every course session, when the everyday
becomes a play.
Galiléa, a member of the Alliance Française of Napa, cherishes French
culture and brings all the inspiration and motivation in herself to touch
the world in a magic way. Her purpose in teaching French is to make
you speak like a poet.