La Fête Nationale
Bastille Day at Bastille—where else?
Le Quatorze Juillet is French for the “fourteenth of July” and it commemorates the 1790 Fête de la Fédération, which was held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789. Here in Virginia the local motto for fabulous French inspired fare is “Bastille” restaurant, the acclaimed Old Town bistro featuring the cuisine of chef/owners Christophe & Michelle Poteaux.
Where better to dine as the modern-day French than at Bastille? On Saturday, July 14, the chefs Poteaux will present a daylong $29-prix fixe three-course culinary celebration showcasing the diverse culinary traditions that have taken root in the France of today. Pricing does not include taxes or gratuities, but it does include all the accoutrements such as berets, celebratory décor, traditional music and all the revelry the celebration so deserves.
The three course meal blends traditional and contemporary dishes such as: Spanish inspired Gazpacho, Melon salad with Port gelee; Local tomato, cucumber salad and feta cheese with oregano, chives and basil; Salade du marché or Bastille’s market salad with summer berries; Mousse de foie de poulet (chicken liver mousse) with blackberry gelee, baguette and petite salad to start.
Entrees featured are Grilled whole sardines with lemon olive oil and Provencale ratatouille; chicken Basquaise with chorizo and Basmati rice; lamb loin chops & Merguez, harissa jus; Moules saffran et fenouil with pommes frites; Entrecote maitre d’hotel with pommes frites, and summer vegetable tajine with couscous.
A French meal is not complete without a beautiful dessert and Chef Michelle will delight guests’ palates luscious offerings. Choose from temptations, such as, Chocolate Liegeois--Valrhona Manjari chocolate ice cream, chocolate fudge; Coupe Chambord-- raspberry Sorbet, vanilla bean ice cream, Chambord raspberries and candied almonds; Tarte au citron--lemon curd tartelette, summer berries and lavender sorbet and Pèche Melba--peach tatin, raspberry sauce and vanilla bean ice cream end the meal on a sweet note.
Bastille, named to Washingtonian’s top 100 restaurants in 2008-2011, winner of the Wine Spectator’s award of excellence since their opening 5 years ago and RAMMY nominated for ‘Best Neighborhood Gathering Place” in 2012 for is located at 1201 N. Royal Street in Old Town Alexandria, VA. Bastille is open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch and dinner. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 703-519-3776; or online at Open Table: http://www.opentable.com/bastille. For more information, log onto www.bastillerestaurant.com