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Heads Up extra: Bastille Day


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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: 

Mon Ami Gabi is offering specials including potage creme du Barry, Totten Virginica oysters, and bouillaibaise today through Wednesday at both its Chicago and Oak Brook locations.

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.

Le Titi de Paris (in Arlington Heights) offers a special prix fixe menu from Friday to Monday; the many choices are listed here (scroll down). $56.

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.

Pops for Champagne marks the day itself with a festival featuring French champagnes and sparkling wines as well as French food from chef Andrew Brochu, Monday from 5 to 8 PM. $75. 

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.

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