July 15th 2023
At the Maison Française, Embassy of France
Bringing you the sun and colors of Provence for a grand night of culinary celebration!
On Saturday, July 15th, come to the French Embassy and experience the stunningly beautiful Provence-Côte d’Azur region from the dazzling Mediterranean coastline to the elegant peaks of the Southern Alps.
Enjoy regional specialty dishes curated by DC’s top chefs highlighting the Côte d’Azur-Provence region; participate in our silent auction filled with exclusive items while listening to fantastic live music, sipping on a glass of wine, strolling the Embassy grounds and tented areas, with a “Marché de Provence” and a Pétanque field!
Bastille Day is the Comité Tricolore ’s annual fundraiser. All proceeds from the evening help sustain its charitable mission, serving those most in need in our local community.
Details and registration information will follow. Meanwhile check out how much fun we had last year in our photo album
Download here the form to donate an item for our Auctions
Hone your cooking skills
Check out the blog of our member association Maîtres Cuisiniers de France, the most important group of top French chefs, with a widely acknowledged expertise that makes them an authority in the art of gastronomy and learn ’Why Pistachios Are The Nut and Color Trend of 2023’.
Washington Accueil (WAA) proposes many culinary delights, either by organizing events at specific delicious dates (Galette des Rois or Mardi Gras); Oenological Events to develop your nose and discover wines and the art of cooking with the Ateliers Gastronomiques with advice from our sponsor Hugues Cossard, founder of Food Expression.
Food Expression is a marketing agency and consultancy firm that provides a broad range of services to organizations in the food industry, from market analysis or "grassroots" marketing in retail stores. Its mission is to help develop sales, customer loyalty, and brand equity.
With thirty years of experience in the food industry, Food Expression has a great understanding of the motivations, goals, and challenges of decision makers in the food industry, and expertise in food trading, exporting, and purchasing.
Hugues Cossard, Food Expression’s founder is known in the Washington D.C. area for his live and/or virtual culinary and butchery/charcuterie classes..
The new Food Expression Academy is an apprentice program that ensures students accumulate enough practice hours in a kitchen lab.
It covers multiple trades:
Baking and Pastry; and
Courses are taught with several modes available: in-person with lecture only; in-person with lecture and kitchen lab parts; or virtual lecture classes on Zoom.
Great ways to perfect your French
There are many ways to perfect your French. Many of our members offer classes and/or special events where you can practice:
Let’s try to make sense of the diverse theories about the origin of April 1st "poisson d’avril".
Most of them revolve around the date of the New Year. From Roman times to early Christian times it was between March 15th (the Ides of March) and March 25th (the Julian calendar). The fact is that every region had its own New Year Day celebration and in 1564, King Charles IX decided to follow the Gregorian calendar and begin the year on January first.
And since old habits are hard to break, as a reminder of the old days, we continue to celebrate with humor the beginning of Spring. At a time when fishing was forbidden in order to allow for the reproductive cycle, people threw around old smelly fish on that day. Luckily today we only pin the drawing of a fish on someone’s back!
A Comité Tricolore Dinner
in a film noir inspired venue! April 18th at 6:30 PM
The guilt-free restaurant and bar and the one habit you need to keep, is a contrast to the classic architecture of the iconic 1841 General Post Office where it is located.
25 tickets are available at the price of $ 100 per person, which consists of $75 for your meal (tax and tip included, drinks excluded) and $25 as a donation to the Comité Tricolore (larger donations are of course encouraged). The donation is tax deductible.
"Finir en queue de poisson" Fall short of expectations
This expression goes back to the myth of the mermaids. Mermaids used their beautiful voices to lure sailors with their lovely busts and long hair, only to discover in the end that their bodies ended with a fish tail...quite a deception for these lonely men, and a descriptive way that means to fall short of expectations!