City Pulse

By Patricia Wersinger

Nobody does it quite like the French! When a culture has spent centuries refining life’s many pleasures for the most fastidious of courts and proud and exacting countrymen, a unique tradition of “savoir-vivre” and “joie de vivre” is established that endures through the ages.

France remains the most visited country in the world and its judgment in matters of taste is referenced by many.

This weekend, September 29–30, join us at Le Taste of France Show on Hudson River Park’s Pier 54 in Manhattan. It’s the largest French culinary and lifestyle fund raising event that benefits Action Against Hunger and celebrates “La Fête de la Gastronomie,” the traditional culinary festival in France.

Top French chefs from the prestigious chef organizations of Les Maitres Cuisiniers de France and l’Académie Culinaire will introduce guests to the variety of French cuisine and authentic dishes paired with their signature drinks and deserts from six regions of France. If you have never tasted delicacies from the North East (Alsace, Franche-Comte, Burgundy, Champagne), the North West (Brittany, Normandy, Picardie, Loire-Valley, Poitou-Charentes), Center (Auvergne and Limousin), South East ( Rhone-Alps-Provence-Côte d’Azur, Languedoc-Roussillon) and the South West ( Aquitaine,Gascony, Midi-Pyrenées), this will be your ticket for
a one-of-a-kind weekend of discovery and pleasure.

Regional culinary tastings will range from the well-known crêpes and ciders of Brittany and the pastis and bouillabaisse of Provence to many lesser known culinary wonders often omitted from usual tourist maps.

A selection of exceptional wines will be presented as well as a Calvados Bar, an Absynthe Bar and a Pastis Bar. Wine seminars will also be conducted at La Maison du Vin.

Special ambassadors of Le Taste of France include Jacques Pepin, legendary Chef and TV personality, Karine Bakhoum, better known as the Iron Palate and a frequent judge in Iron Chef, Marc Murphy, Executive Chef and Owner of Benchmark Restaurants and Ariane Daguin, Food maven and Founder of d’Artagnan.

Visitors will also be able to take part in a game of French Pétanque with some of the chefs, stroll through a market of French artisans selling a collection of art, food and other goods not
sold in New York stores, see a French Bulldog show, and listen to authentic accordion music
and French songs.

Le Taste of France Show:
September 29 – 30, 2012, Saturday and Sunday – There are day events.
$30 in advance or $40 at the door.

“La Soiree “ Saturday, September 29th, 2012- 6:30 PM –11:00 PM
Special Evening-$149 (All inclusive)

* All food and drinks will be available for purchase with Mariannes, the official currency of
Le Taste of France Show.

To purchase tickets and learn more about Le Taste of France Show and “La Soirée”
please visit

Originally published September 2012
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