by Julia Thiel
Bastille Day is Monday, but celebrations of it began today at restaurants and stores around town and don't end until Wednesday. Here are a few:
Whole Foods in Lakeview hosts a free tasting of French wines and cheese with Shane Salois of Cream Wine Company Friday from 4 to 7 PM.
At Being a French Chef: Bastille Day in Provence, a cooking class at the Alliance Francaise Saturday from 10 AM to 12:30 PM, participants can learn how to make recipes including tapenade tartine and olive oil cake with summer fruit garnish. $85 ($75 members).
Taste Food and Wine offers French beer, wine, champagne, and food at its celebration, Sunday from 1 to 5 PM. $35 ($30 in advance).
Sunday from noon to 8 PM, Cook Au Vin and Webster's Wine Bar team up for a street festival outside the wine bar (1480 W. Webster) with French wine, beer, cheese, crepes, galettes, and other food plus games, contests, and language classes. $10 ($5 in advance).
Globally Intrepid Gourmets, an “international dining group for adventurous foodies,” marks its first anniversary with a Bastille Day celebration at the appropriately fortresslike Stan Mansion Sunday from 6 to 9 PM. Chef Vincent Colombet of the Cook Au Vin catering company will prepare hors d’oeuvres and crepes; there’ll also be wine, beer, and “Parisian music.” $40 until Friday at 5 PM, $50 after that.
For dinner Monday, Cyrano's Bistrot offers a four-course "Louis XVI Menu" with choices like chilled corn, leek and potato vichyssoise soup and duck with orange sauce. $40.
Wednesday at 7:30 PM, In Fine Spirits hosts a "post-Bastille Day" five-course dinner with French wine pairings. $48.