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By Patricia Wersinger

This Wednesday The Haven Lounge on East 51st Street, The French Culture Nights, a cultural organization promoting French Music and Art in New York, will highlight Alsace, a beautiful North Eastern region of France. Bordered by Germany on the east and Switzerland on the south, Alsace is known for cuisine, top chefs (in New York, Jean George Vongerichten of Jean Georges, Gabriel Kreuther of The Modern and Andre Soltner of the former Lutece), exquisite Rieslings and Gewurztraminers, and a picturesque countryside.

When he set eyes on the region, French King Louis the Fourteenth called it “a beautiful garden” and started a tug of war with Germany that lasted 300 years. Today its’ Wine Road, winding along medieval half-timbered villages and castles, is considered “the prettiest in France” and attracts visitors from all over the globe.

This celebration is part of a string of festivities to commemorate the 125 years of the Inauguration of The Statue of Liberty, which was created by Alsatian artist Bartholdi.

The event is featuring Alsatian artists of New York such as photographer Capucine Bourcart, interior designer Isis Delomez, photographer Sophie Schirch and painter Patricia Wersinger. Opera singer Jordan Gumucio will also sing the Alsatian anthem while DJ MaxLayn will be at his post to keep the music hot and vibrant through the night.

Le Bec Fin will offer some complimentary “Amuse Bouche” (hors – d’oeuvres ) during the Aperitif. Provence en Boite will cook a traditional Alsatian meal that will not leave you desiring anything more.

The admission is free for those who pre-register online ($10 at the door) and the Alsatian 2-course meal (main course & dessert) is $15 if purchased online ($20 at the venue).

Wednesday October 19 – 6.30PM to 1 AM, – Haven Lounge- 244 E. 51th St. (between 2nd & 3rd Avenues)
Sponsors: The Friends of Alsace, French Culture Guides, French Morning, “Apero” by Ricard, “Amuse Bouche” by le Bec Fin, water by Volvic and Saint Geron, traditional Alsatian meal by Provence en Boite.

Doors open at 6.30PM and close at 1AM.

Price: The event is FREE for anyone who registers online at http://www.frenchculturenights.com
(* Mark and Kim Millon “ The Wine Roads of France”, Harper Collins, 1991).

Originally published October 2011
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