Chateau des Fleurs has only a few fleurs at this phase of the project. Aside from a row of concrete frogs waiting to spit streams of water into an empty reservoir, the Eagle event center's garden is mostly a mound of dirt.
That will all change by next spring, said creative director Roshan Roghani, when the grounds will be transformed into a lush space with swaths of grass for outdoor weddings, plenty of flowers, grape trellises and herbs. Sound ambitious? Not when you consider what else the Chateau team has accomplished at 176 S. Rosebud Lane in just less than a year.
"There was nothing here last October," said director of operations Mary May. "We were standing in goatheads with our shovels."
Now, there's a stately 21,000-square-foot building with white marble floors, 92 crystal chandeliers, two grand ballrooms filled with gold Chiavari chairs, two private dining rooms, a bridal suite with a clawfoot tub and Le Coq d'Or, a 66-seat farm-to-table restaurant now open to the public.
Chateau des Fleurs was created and designed by Susan Roghani, founder of bodycare and fragrance company Camille Beckman. Modeled after the Palace of Versailles, the Chateau sits next the Camille Beckman headquarters, which was fashioned after Shakespeare's old stomping grounds, Stratford-upon-Avon.
"It's just such a magical spot that we felt the need to do something that would transport people somewhere totally different," said Roshan, Susan's daughter.
Past the Chateau's sprawling parking lot is a large, impressive garden with clusters of budding Brussels sprouts poking up next to leafy fountains of kale and tangles of raspberry vines. Across the way, a 10-year-old orchard is filled with apple, peach, nectarine, cherry and plum trees.
Plucking a sunset-pink golden raspberry from the vine, Roshan explained the chaos.
"We plant what you should plant next to each other based on the lunar cycle," she said. "It's a really old school way, but we really believe in the ancient way of cultivation."
The Chateau's kitchen uses produce cultivated in the on-site garden, incorporating it into the menu, along with a selection of sustainable proteins.
"Ultimately, we'd like to go all organic, but that's not our first focus," said Roshan. "Our first focus is to make sure that we can source everything within Idaho or the Northwest if it's something like game. And to get everything grass-fed, cage-free, antibiotic-free."
The kitchen also does all of its own baking—everything from bread to pastries—and Le Coq d'Or will regularly adapt its offerings to reflect what's seasonally available.
"We change the menu every three months; we go with the season," said executive chef Franck Bacquet in his heavy French accent.
Bacquet, former owner of Boise's Le Coq Rouge, has crafted a menu filled with French favorites like coq au vin—half a Cornish game hen simmered in a red wine reduction with mushrooms, duck bacon, fresh herbs, onions and carrots—and magret de canard au miel truffe, pan seared duck breast flambe with cognac and finished with a truffle honey sauce.
"The duck breast is so beautiful, tender, juicy and we do a vegetable medley—we have Brussels sprouts right now from the garden, we have heirloom tomatoes, heirloom carrots—beautiful carrots, when you bite on the carrot you think, 'Wow.' You have the full flavors from a long, long time ago," said Bacquet. "It's fantastic."
In a surprising twist, even the truffles will be local.
"We're also growing truffles," said Roshan. "Actually, it's the only place in the United States that these truffles are being grown right now."
What's more, Chateau des Fleurs also has its own wine label: Roghani Vineyards.
"Out in Marsing, we have a few vineyards," said Roshan. "Up until now we've just sold our grapes to all the other Idaho-based wine labels, but we did do our own wine label this year to facilitate our events and our restaurant. We use our own grapes in this circumstance and then Koenig produces the wines for us."
In addition to its house wines, Le Coq d'Or will feature a list heavy with French, Italian and Spanish selections.
"We'll start with a low-key but very nice wine list, but we will build the cellar more and more and more with time," said Bacquet.
Overall, the goal is to create a European-style dining experience where guests are encouraged to linger over their meals.
"We want to have the old, traditional service," said Bacquet. "We don't want to bring you the bill when you have the fork in your mouth."
"When that's your table, that's your table for the evening," added Roshan.
Le Coq d'Or hosted a reservation-only soft opening Oct. 2 and Oct. 3, and the space is now officially open for dinner Tuesdays through Thursdays from 5 to 9 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 10 p.m. There will also be a weekly tea held Wednesdays from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
"We'll have the traditional scones and clotted cream and berries, and then our goal is once a month to have high tea," May said.
Want to check out the expansive estate for yourself? Chateau des Fleurs will host a community open house Saturday, Nov. 7 at 10 a.m.
"The whole space is experience-driven," said Roshan. "So it's very much about people."