Christmas Table in Provence

In Provence, Christmas dinner is known as the “gros souper,” or big supper. To enhance this traditional family feast, locals decorate their table in a very special way. Joyce Borgmann, owner of the guesthouse L'Oustaou de l'Oulivie in Oraison and Provencal cuisine specialist, introduces us to this ritual.
By Caroline Taret
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Known as the “big supper,” the Christmas dinner tradition in Provence is aptly named! Indeed, it’s a true feast that the locals prepare for the family dinner on December 24. Beyond the culinary aspect, an elaborate décor is put in place to present the meal. An art of living that Joyce Borgmann explains to us in her marvelous Provencal kitchen nestled in an old orangerie on her property in Oraison.

It’s a waltz that begins with the preparation of the Provencal Christmas table, from the decoration to the Thirteen Desserts of Provence that remain available to gourmets the days following Christmas. Immerse yourself with us in the Provencal tradition and discover the symbolic meaning behind the Christmas table in Provence. The magic of Christmas begins today…

To visit in the region

Le Bonheur Fou in Manosque

The restaurant of the chef David Arcos; a good address only a few kilometers away serving creative local cuisine, that you can discover in video.

Première Pression Provence in Volx

Within the Olive Tree Ecomuseum is the first Première Pression Provence boutique that presents marvelous olive oils as well as a great selection of Provencal produce.

Maison François Doucet in Oraison

The best confectioner in Haute Provence. You’ll find all possible variations for preparing the Thirteen Desserts of Provence. A temple to taste.

La Baroquante in Volx

Located a few meters from the Ecomuseum, this bric-a-brac offers a inimitable decorative universe composed of unique pieces based around salvaged materials. Not to be missed!

L’Oustaou d’Oulivie

La Sarette Route
de Valensole

04700 Oraison

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