Stéphane de Groodt and Pierre Marcolini Launch La ConfiNure

Stéphane de Groodt and Pierre Marcolini Launch La ConfiNure
“When I was younger we had a grape arbor, and my mom would go out, pick grapes, and make grape jam in the sink – boil it, put it in jars, and give it away as gifts.” –Taylor Swift Recognizing the fact that jam has been the sweet panacea for “le confinement blues,” Stéphane de Groodt, comedian, actor and former racing driver, got together with his friend Pierre Marcolini, Belgian’s ace chocolate maker, and the resulting star-studded jams are ready to be tasted without moderation. De Groodt, the celebrity Belgian humorist, asked his famous woke friends to fess up to the delicious memories of their favorite childhood jams. Eleven stars now have leading roles on delicious pots of fruity ConfiNure the proceeds of sales will be gifted to Rêve de Cinema, the association that brings cinema to very sick, hospitalized children. Films are screened and participating actors, directors, and producers bring some magic into the children’s lives. “The coronavirus pandemic sadly deprived cinephiles of this years’ Cannes Film Festival so we decided to bring the seventh art to hospitals and sick and disabled children,” explains De Groodt. The organic jars of divine sweetness were hand made by artisans in Pierre Marcolini’s Brussels factory. Choose from Stéphane de Groodt’s Cherry; winemaker and and actress Carole Bouquet loves Passion Fruit; Claude Lelouch and Greengage; Isabelle Carré + Quince; François-Xavier Demaison chooses peach; Elsa Zylberstein goes with raspberry; Dany Boon with rhubarb (my choice!); Michele Laroque, strawberry; Virginie Effira + figs; André Dussolier + apricot; and Diane Kruger, mango. By the way, apparently Joan of Arc ate quince jam before going into battle – it filled her with courage! Louis XIV was so passionate about it that he insisted every meal end with jams served in special ornate silver dishes. All the jams were made from the fruit picked in the gardens at Versailles – and as they included tropical varieties like pineapple there must have been some interesting flavors indeed. La ConfiNure fine jam: €9.50 per pot. Waiting for you exclusively on the official website here.

Lead photo credit : courtesy of La ConfiNure

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Born in Hampton, Middlesex, UK, Margaret Kemp is a lifestyle journalist, based between London, Paris and the world. Intensive cookery courses at The Cordon Bleu, London, a wedding gift from a very astute ex-husband, gave her the base that would take her travelling (leaving the astute one behind) in search of rare food and wine experiences, such as the vineyards of Thailand, 'gator hunting in South Florida, learning to make eye-watering spicy food in Kerala;pasta making in a tiny Tuscany trattoria. She has contributed to The Guardian, The Financial Times Weekend and FT. How To Spend, The Spectator, Condé Nast Traveller, Food & Travel, and Luxos Magazine. She also advises as consultant to luxury hotels and restaurants. Over the years, Kemp has amassed a faithful following on BonjourParis. If she were a dish she'd be Alain Passard's Millefeuille “Caprice d'Enfant”, as a painting: Manet’s Dejeuner sur l’herbe !