Something you don’t know about me: aside from being a fantastic food blogger, I am also a fantastic daughter. My mom is like my best friend, and for her 60th birthday this year, I decided to surprise her with a trip to Paris. I know, hold your applause. Ever since I sprung the news, we have been finding French fare everywhere – from food to movies to music. As luck would have it, I recently got an invite to Le Taste of France, an event celebrating French lifestyle and cuisine. Two of the greatest cities in the world, coming together for two special days, this Saturday, Sept 29th and Sunday, September 30th at Pier 54.
If you are a lover of French food and wine (like myself) or are just in love with the culture (like my mom), this event has a little bit of everything for everyone. From the French Flea Market to The House of Wine, and even the French Bulldog show (aw!), Le Taste of France will expand your knowledge as well as delight the senses. Some of the famous chefs in attendance include: Jacques Pepin, Marc Murphy (Benchmarc restaurants), Jean-Louis Gerin (Food Network’s “Chopped” Champion 2012), Ariane Daguin (founder of D’Artagnan), and many, many more, all representing the different regions of France – Alsace, Lyon, Provence, Auvergne, and more.
Ticket info can be found here at Eventbrite, but here’s the basics:
$30 entry + 4 Mariannes. Mariannes are the official currency of the show (so fancy!) for food sampling. This ranges from $4 to $10 (8 to 20 Mariannes), and drinks will start at $2 (4 Mariannes). So with the basic entry you are essentially getting a free drink. Or you can up your purchase by $10 to $40 total, and get 26 Mariannes. Now you’re talking. Again, full details and tickets are available at the link above.
I’m hoping for a preview of Paris this weekend, and I will be reporting back on my tastings. Macarons and wine are in my future…that can’t be a bad thing.