La Soirée is Le Taste of France Show’s all-inclusive night of indulgence on Hudson River Park’s Pier 54, overlooking the Hudson River – Saturday, Sept. 29 – 6.30pm t0 11pm.
Enjoy French Music, Drinks, Pétanque, French Markets and above all else, true French Gastronomy.
Join us at La Soirée for an evening to remember on Manhattan’s Rive Gauche (aka Westside):
EAT & EXPERIENCE
Share cooking stories with a true culinary legend Jacques Pepin, have a drink with kitchen rock star Marc Murphy, and get up close and personal with your favorite New York City French Chefs as they prepare for you classic French cuisine.
Chefs from Les Maîtres Cuisiniers de France and L’Academie Culinaire de France have joined forces to bring to you the real taste of France. Guests will get to experience authentic dishes from France’s six regions paired with their signature deserts and drinks.
Taste the six regions of France: NORTHEAST (ALSACE – PICARDIE – BOURGOGNE), NORTH-WEST (BRETAGNE – LOIRE VALLEY- POITOU CHARENTES -NORMANDIE ), CENTER (AUVERGNE ), SOUTHEAST ( RHONE-ALPES - PROVENCE – COTE D’AZUR), SOUTHWEST (LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON – AQUITAINE)
* Dishes to be announced shortly
Calvados is an apple brandy from the French region of the Northwest (Basse-Normandie). Bartenders from the Barclay Bar in New York City will be serving up Calvados tasting and carefully crafted Calvados cocktails.
The Barclay Bar at the InterContinental New York Barclay was recently honored as the “First Calvados Bar” in the United States by France’s Association for Cider Appellations (IDAC, Interprofession des Appellations Cidricoles). Hip hip hip!
If you love to drink good quality absinthe you have Viridian Spirits to thank. Viridian Spirits is the company that has brought the first truly authentic absinthe to the States since its banning in 1912. Expect nothing but the best from their absinthe selection as you experience the real “la fée verte” (the green fairy)
The Pastis Bar is brought to you by the great Pernod-Ricard. For those of you who aren’t familiar with pastis, you’ve been missing out! Pastis is a delicious anise-flavored liqueur from France’s Southeast region (Provence-Côte d’Azur.) Pastis is usually drunk as an apéritif, especially enjoyed during a game of Petanque.
LA MAISON DU VIN
At La Maison du Vin, our sommeliers and wine experts will guide you through a comprehensive tasting of regional French wines.
French music star and now Brooklyn’s own, Emilie Simon, will regale the audience with a medley of Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel along with her critically acclaimed original songs.
Be transported to a small café in Paris as accordionists playing a collection of France’s most celebrated classics walk amongst you in the alleys of the event.
Pick up a boule and your glass of pastis (no one in France would dare play without a cold glass of pastis in their hand) and take part in casual Pétanque games with friends and even participating Chefs. For beginners, one of the continent’s most seasoned Pétanque veterans will act as referee and provide you with tips and tricks for the classic French game.
Stroll through the market of French artisans selling a collection of French art, food, and other goods that you’d be hard pressed to find in stores anywhere else in the States.
CharlElie is a multidisciplinary artist, whose work covers the explorationary fields of image, writing and music. CharlElie will display his painting at the VIP Loung where he will also be available for a book-signing session on Sunday, September 30th from 4pm to 5pm regarding his new book. Don’t forget to come over the Flea Market to bring back home CharlElie’s new work.