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|Written by Kevin Johns|
|Tuesday, 02 June 2009 21:24|
Le Cordon Bleu, the word renowned culinary school with a campus in
“People have this impression that we are stuck up and that we don’t want people unless they are part of a culinary club, but that’s not the reality at all,” says Le Cordon Bleu’s Pamela Bakalian. “We are all about French culture, obviously, but we want to share that culture with the people of
Launched six years ago by the French Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Apéritif à la française is a series of international events promoting
“Apéritif is basically ‘happy hour’ in French jargon, and it is very much a part of
“I don’t think people in
Those in attendance will be treated a traditional French buffet featuring a variety of customary apéritif foods, as well as a vegetable Eiffel tower. A complimentary spa-themed buffet (Holtz Spa is an event partner) will feature more light and airy foods. Bakalian notes that this combination of traditional and modern food is very much an embodiment of Le Cordon Bleu’s approach. Not to be left out, the school’s students will be actively involved in helping to prepare and serve the food.
The event also ties into Paris fashion week, so, after the tasty eats, there will be a fashion show that will include a chocolate dress, as well as a floral dress designed by the official florist of the Governor General. Titled “Victory,” it will be worn by a breast cancer survivor, and ten percent of all proceeds from the evening’s ticket sales will go to the Breast Cancer Foundation of Canada.
Le Cordon Bleu also intends to recreate the feel of the Cannes Film Festival, including a red carpet and paparazzi snapping pics. Bakalian says, “Apéritif is particularly popular in the south of
Music for the evening will begin with traditional French tunes, before evolving into the trendier and more modern beats of Parisian dance clubs. Food, music, culture, glamour, fun and charitable giving – it appears Apéritif à la française will have everything you could want from a night out in
“What amazes me the most about this event is how generous people have been with their time, energy, and resources; not expecting anything in return, just wanting to support the Ottawa community,” says Bakalian. “We’ve had such a great response. I’m really proud to be in this city. The people of
For more information, visit: http://aperitifalafrancaise-cordonbleu.com/invitation/
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