Strawberries were the favorite fruit of the French court, Louis XIV held a poetry contests on the topic of strawberries. Marie Antoinette’s favorite dessert was fresh strawberries with crème Chantilly.
FrançoisVatel (1631-71) invented crème Chantilly for an extravagant banquet for 2,000 in honor of Louis XIV in the Chateau Chantilly. According to the memoirs of Madame de Sévigné,Vatel committed suicide on the occasion when he feared the fish would be served late. His death was treated as a national tragedy. — Maites Gomez-Réjon.
Adapted from the ArtBites tour of the Los Angeles County Musuem of Art.
Recipe is adapted from "Baking with Julia" by Dorie Greenspan.