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32nd Annual Picnic des Chefs

The Club Culinaire of French Cuisine is back once again and will hold its 32nd Annual Picnic des Chefs on Sunday, May 20th  from 11:30 AM -4:30 PM at beautiful Vasa Park in Agoura Hills at 2854 Triunfo Canyon Road in luscious 4 acres mountain green landscape.

This year we’ll be getting there earlier with the family to enjoy a sampling of the food, unlike last year I got so caught up in taking pictures of this event for my blog as it was one of my very first post!!! We enjoyed wonderful wine tasting from various vineyards, the big boys played pétanque and drank pastis while the kids spent the whole afternoon in the lifeguard supervised giant pool & slide.

LA’s top chefs will create authentic French dishes from various main regions of France. Participating chefs (partial list): Marius Blin (Hotel Sofitel); Michel Blanchet (Michel Cordon Bleu); Joe Miller (Joe’s Restaurant); Josie LeBalch (Josie Restaurant); Neal Fraser (BLVD); Yvan Valentin (Sweet Temptation); and Christian Kaufmann (Emil’s Swiss Pastry).

Chefs will cook up over 700 lb of meat, poultry and fish,500 lb of vegetables, 200 lb of cheese and 500 baguettes, 50 artisan breads and much more. Over 50 wineries will be pouring their favorite selections. take a look at the menu!

The event is extremely kid-friendly (including a moon bounce paradise, heated swimming pool with a giant water slide, rock climbing wall, drawing competition, and games). Adults can play pétanque, (win your weight wine), soccer, volleyball, and badminton. Raffle prizes include two roundtrip tickets to Tahiti or Paris on Air Tahiti Nui, a weekend at The Ritz Carlton Laguna Nigel, Porsche knives, gourmet dinners, and shopping certificates. Musical entertainment will be provided by a French DJ. There are tables under patio awning or you can also enjoy a picnic on the grass followed by a stroll in the park as you mingle with family, friends and make new friends.

Highlights of this event and proceeds will benefit the Concern Foundation and the HOPE Program at Children’s’ Hospital Los Angeles.

Order your tickets here and enter promo code picnic2012 for $10 discount on adult tickets ( $50/adults  $20/children 8 & up, FREE Children under 8)  and join Club Culinaire on Facebook for more succulent news!

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Ooh la L.A!

Ooh La LA !  A  French  Los Angeles music event featuring contemporary “cutting edge” artists and their music: from “hard-hitting electro to world & folk” created by French music artistic director Sylvain Taillet , Ooh La LA  is produced in partnership with Goldenvoice, the creators of the Coachella Music and Arts Festival and All Points West.It takes place on three consecutive nights hence the  word  “festival” : September 29, 30th and October 1rst at El Rey Theater.

What’s in store this year?  Nouvelle Vague, Tinariwen, Birdy Nam Nam…Well, I do love world music and I must admit  DJ Cam reminiscent of Jean-Michel Jarre stroke a chord…Although I applaud any and all  effort to import “French culture” especially music  to L.A ( enjoyed the Serge Gainsbourg Tribute, Patrick Bruel  was in town few months ago at Las Vegas and Jane Birkin this December) … I personally wish there was a more eclectic representative  selection of French contemporary music for every  taste in this  “hard-hitting electric techno DJ”  music  line- up.

For more info and show schedule visit   Ooh la La! 

Los Angeles Epicurean Festival

On Sunday, August 28, 2011, the Los Angeles Epicurean Festival at Sofitel LA will bring together culinary specialties and extraordinary wines & spirits, under one roof in a casual setting. Products that usually are only available to Chefs are being offered at the Festival. Attendees will be able to pair and compare, taste and take home their favorite selections.

Food demonstrations will be available every hour conducted by:
Keizo Ishiba – K-Zo
JF Meteigner – La Cachette Bistro
Sebastien Archambault – l’Epicerie
Josiah Citrin – Melisse
Neal Fraser – BLD

There will be mixeology classes, oenologists are standing by to explain how to taste and recognize great wines.

Attendees will discover over 500 boutique wines and spirits, cheeses, spices, coffee & teas, charcuterie, olive oils, mushrooms, organic chocolate, meat, fowl, fish and produce and much more….

Live entertainment by various artists, to be announced.
Tickets: $75 general admission – includes all tastings and seminars
$100 VIP poolside cabana & general admission – includes all tastings and seminars, plus a rare tasting or Rosés of Provence, Armagnac & Cognac paired with Cigars

Where: Sofitel LA – 8555 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048
When: Sunday, August 28 from noon to 6pm

To order tickets and for more information please go to:http://www.laepicureanfestival.com or 323 930 6785

Join the Race to Fame during the LA Epicurean Cup with celebrity judges: Michel Richard, Franck Savoy, Josiah Citrin, Michel Cornu, Sophie Gayot and Mark Mendoza!

Enrollment is free, for competition guidelines please go to:

http:// www.laepicureanfestival.com – CUP

Bastille Day in L.A! Y’a D’La Joie!

Repost from : http://www.bastilledaylosangeles.com/home.shtml

Come join the fun!
Celebrate Bastille Day at the Southland’s Best French Festival!
At the ELYSIAN PARK – Monticello Old Lodge
(next to the Dodgers Stadium – corner of Stadium Way and Scott Avenue)

Directions to Elysian Park

map to the park

Live entertainment!
Enjoy great French food and wine!
Noon – 9PM

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On Sunday, July 17th, 2011, Angelenos will celebrate the tenth annual official Bastille Day LA Festival in the heart of Los Angeles — Elysian Park, Monticello Old Lodge (next to the Dodgers Stadium) corner of Stadium Way and Scott Avenue. — with French gastronomic delicacies and spectacular live entertainment.

Theme: Y’a D’la Joie – Tribute to Charles Trenet

Come join in the fun and experience what thousands of people have been enjoying for the past nine years, making this annual celebration one of the most well-attended community festivals in Los Angeles.

Entertainment includes:

  • A true Provencal Petanque Tournament under the pine trees
  • A Parisian Waiters Race
  • Street performers
  • Comedians, singers, artists
  • French Market vendors
  • Fun prizes for all races
  • Fabulous raffles!
  • Famous French food, wines and gastronomic delights!

Event Hours: Noon to 9PM

Entrance Fee: $5 – Free for children (under 13)

La Fête de la Musique!

La Fête de la Musique eu lieu pour la toute première fois en 
France le 21 Juin 1982.

Quand Maurice Fleuret devient Directeur de la Musique et de la 
Danse en octobre 1981, à la demande de Jack Lang, il applique ses 
réflexions sur la pratique musicale et son évolution : 
"la musique partout et le concert nulle part"
Découvrant en 1982, à l'occasion d'une étude sur les pratiques 
culturelles des français, que cinq millions de personnes dont un 
jeune sur deux, jouent d'un instrument de musique, il se prend à 
rêver de faire descendre les gens dans la rue. C'est ainsi, en 
quelques semaines, que la Fête de la Musique est lancée.

En 2007, on a donc célèbré  les 25 ans de ce super événement.
Un quart de siècle après la toute première édition, cette fête 
est devenue incontournable. Aujourd'hui, ce sont plus de 18.000 
concerts qui ont lieu à travers tout le pays avec plus de 800.000 
musiciens et et au moins 10 millions de spectateurs !

La fête de la musique est une manifestation populaire, spontanée, 
gratuite, ouverte à tous les participants amateurs ou professionnels. 
C' est une invitation au voyage et à toutes les rencontres, elle 
favorise les échanges entre toutes les cultures.

Elle commença à " s'exporter " en 1985, à l'occasion de l'Année
 européenne de la Musique. Les principes fondateurs de cet 
événement ont traversé les frontières et maintenant,l'été, on fête 
la musique dans 120 pays à travers les 5 continents.

Pourquoi le 21 juin ? C’est le jour du solstice d’été, donc la 
nuit la plus longue et fait référence à l’ancienne tradition des 
fêtes de la Saint-Jean qui sont encore célébrées comme autrefois 
dans certains pays.

A Los Angeles, c'est à Pasadena que se rassemblent les groupes et
musiciens au Make Music Pasadena ce week end le 18 juin! C'est un 
évènement formidable mais qui n'a rien à voir avec les Fêtes de la 
Musique populaires en France, ou dans les coins de rue ou petits
cafés de Paris par exemple. 

Une belle occasion de célébrer la musique! C'est aussi une belle 
occasion de découvrir entre autres nos talents français qui se 
produisent sur scène et dans la fameuse Kendall Alley de 
L'Alliance Francaise de Pasadena.

A vos tambourins!

Make Music Pasadena

Origins of Fête de la Musique

Fête de La Musique began in France in 1982, as a way to bring amateur and professional musicians together and to present free concerts nationwide.  Within a few years, it became one of the most successful French cultural events and was quickly taken up all over the world.  By the year 2007, there were more than 300 cities participating on five continents.  For more information on Fête de la Musique, click here.

Make Music Pasadena

Saturday, June 18, 2011
FREE and all-ages

More artists to be announced soon.

Best Coast
Garage rock, surf pop
Indie Rock Stage
presented by Wells Fargo
Ra Ra Riot
Indie rock
Indie Rock Stage
presented by Wells Fargo
Hello Seahorse!
Mexican indie rock
The Luckman “World Music” Stage
The Morning Benders
Indie rock
Indie Rock Stage
presented by Wells Fargo
Ben L’Oncle Soul 
presented by the Cultural Services of the French Consulate in Los Angeles

French nu-soulThe Luckman “World Music” Stage
The B Side Players
Funk, jazz with hip hop rhythms
The Shops on Lake Avenue Courtyard 
Zola Jesus
Gothic singer-songwriter
One Colorado Emerging Artists Stage
Tropical indie pop
One Colorado Emerging Artists Stage
Rocky Dawuni + Afro Funke sound system
presented by the Levitt Pavilion Pasadena and Afro Funke 
Afro beat and reggae
Levitt Pavilion Afro Beat and Reggae Stage
Saint Motel
presented by Crown City Studios
Indie rock
Indie Rock Stage
presented by Wells Fargo
Tijuana Panthers
Garage surf rock
The Shops on Lake Avenue Courtyard 
Jenny O 
One Colorado Emerging Artists Stage
Tita Lima
presented by Consulate General of Brazil in Los Angeles
Brazilian bossa novaThe Luckman “World Music” Stage
KCRW DJ Jason Bentley 
Eclectic beats
Indie Rock Stage
presented by Wells Fargo
Carla Morrison
Mexican singer-songwriterThe Luckman “World Music” Stage
KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez
Eclectic sounds
The Luckman “World Music” Stage
Spinning between sets
La Santa Cecilia
South American rhythms, world infusionThe Luckman “World Music” Stage
Jessica Fichot 
French chanson, international folk
The Shops on Lake Avenue Courtyard 
Dustbowl Revival
The Shops on Lake Avenue Courtyard 
KCRW DJ Garth Trinidad
Reggae and African beats
Levitt Pavilion Afro Beat and Reggae Stage
La Sera
60s Soul Folk Rock
Indie Rock Stage
presented by Wells Fargo
presented by IAMSOUND
Psychedelic art collective
Indie Rock Stage
presented by Wells Fargo
Experimental, electronic indie rockMajestical Roof Stage 
Jamila Ford
Vromans “Jazz” Stage 
El Dopa
Diverse beats & blends
One Colorado Emerging Artists Stage
Spinning between sets
Paris loves LA
French pop culture of the 1960s
The Alliance Française Stage

Courtesy Reprint / Make Music Pasadena