Ten days after our own independence celebration comes the day France marks the beginning of the French Revolution, often with foie gras, champagne, stinky cheeses, duck confit, absinthe, and oh so much wine. Here are some celebratory suggestions for people who prefer to enjoy the French national holiday…
…at home, with a good bottle or two:
At this shop beneath Pike Place Market where you can also snag some choice French meats and cheeses, owner Sharon Baden recommends a classic red like Côtes du Rhône. Or, for a lighter option try a rosé like the 2011 Commanderie de la Bargemone, Provence or, really, any of the selection of 350 French wines.
Alternatively, take a spin to Laurelhurst for a thoughtful selection of chablis, sancerre, or, according to owner Gordon McIntosh, the best-priced Champagne in town.
…with a full-on dinner affair:
Chef Michael Mina’s Seattle outpost, named for a road that traverses French wine country, will commence festivities at 3pm, complete with $5 French 75s, can can dancers, "guaranteed mischief," and a France-inspired tasting menu for $65.
…with a corking good party:
The Corson Building
Matt Dillon’s Georgetown restaurant holds its annual fete from 2pm to midnight, and Walrus and the Carpenter is collaborating on the food. The day includes festivities like mustard making (the most festive of all condiments), music by by the Not-its, the Less than Equals, the Moonspinner and Constant Lovers, and an unholy amount of oysters, crepes, and other francofare. Tickets are $20 pre-sale, $25 at the door, and $10 for kids.
Given the name, it’s no surprise this cafe in Ballard will host a celebration, complete with ample $5 wine and cocktail selections, oysters, and baguette sandwiches served by a Marie Antoinette lookalike. Bastille Day stalwarts the Djangomatics will play on the patio from 6–9. If you’re feeling frisky (or need to work off some baguette), a petanque tourney in a nearby park, will be taking place from 11–5.
The neighborhood’s commercial strip is banding together to host a day of French feasts on East Madison from 3–8pm combining the culinary power of restaurants like Thierry Rautureau’s casual bistro Luc, fancier Rover’s, pastry shop Belle Epicurean, and favorite Harvest Vine, to name a few. Bastille Day-goers can expect a line up of shops, wine tastings, small plates between $2–$6, live music and sidewalk spa treatments.