If you live in or near Chicago and you love France, I have a brilliant idea for you: Come to Passport to France, the French American Chamber of Commerce’s celebration of all things French.
These festive soirées, always on the third Thursday of November, began decades ago to mark the arrival of the Beaujolais Nouveau vintage. They have since grown into a celebration of fine gastronomy, French chefs, wines and spirits, culture and entertainment.
Some 1000 Chicago and Midwestern Francophiles, as well as French expats gather for live entertainment, a silent auction and the chance to experience the finest cuisine and wine in this toast to France. Most of all it’s a rare opportunity to taste exquisite food and sip excellent wines. (Oh, yes, and the pastries, chocolates, breads, cheeses. . .I could go on and on.)
I think I told you last year how much fun it was — so much fun, in fact, that I timed my Chicago visit to coincide with the event.
The silent auction items are spectacular, everything from chateaux visits with wine tastings and nights at the Hôtel Bristol to flower arranging classes in Paris and a private brocante tour in Normandy.
Last year friends came from other states and stayed in hotels and they’re returning this year. It’s worth it. I promise you.
If you do decide to come, please let me know. I would love to meet you. For all the information you need click here.