Posted by: Josey | June 5, 2009

French Cocktail Hour: [You Fill in the Blank] Calls for a Celebration

“A match made in heaven, you two,” I remarked, sipping Saint-Hilaire sparkling wine as I stood between the author of Napoleon’s Privates and the author of An Irreverent Curiosity, a book about the foreskin of Jesus Christ. We were at Bar Blanc Bistro in New York City’s West Village for French Cocktail Hour, or Apéritif à la Française, an event enjoyed in 22 countries around the world.

It may officially take place annually on the first Thursday of June, but that doesn’t mean you’re too late to have a French cocktail party of your own: Just stop at the store, and bring the soiree home any night you feel like celebrating.

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Josey and Jeff celebrate Jeff’s graduation from Columbia business school with Gruyère and goat cheeses, pâté, mussels a la mariniere, seasonal vegetables and crusty, fresh French bread. (The air of sophistication belies the beyond-simple preparation, I promise!)

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