celebrate bastille day (for free) at the greenhouse tavern

If you’ve yet to check out The Greenhouse Tavern (shame on you if you haven’t), and are still deciding just how to celebrate France’s Independence, then this is the post for you.

On Monday, July 13, enjoy pre Bastille Day festivities with chefs Jonathon Sawyer, Dante Boccuzzi, Steve Schimoler, Paul Minillo, Ben Bebenroth and Greg Maclaren (just to name a few) at The Greenhouse Tavern.

This very impressive lineup will be whipping up some of the tastiest French cuisine you’ve ever sampled. This Slow Food sponsored event costs $60 per person (for non members) but thanks to Local Food Service.com, you can win two tickets.

Between now and noon on Monday, just leave a comment telling me your favorite thing about the French and you’re entered. And if you agree to give me the other ticket, you automatically win (just kidding!).


  1. Michelle
    Posted July 11, 2009 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    For me it would have to be the aromas of the outside cafes, and the men.

  2. Gina
    Posted July 11, 2009 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    Do I have to pick just one thing? hmmm, the attitude of "being french" would have to be the most complex and unparalleled.

  3. Meat-n-Potatoes Girl
    Posted July 11, 2009 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    chocolate croissants… yum!

  4. suzen
    Posted July 11, 2009 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    gruyere cheese!

  5. Louis
    Posted July 11, 2009 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    I like how the French were hip to the green movement long before us Americans. Seemingly the entire country has been saving thousands of gallons of water each year by limiting their showers to once a week.

    how thoughtful of them

  6. James Jones
    Posted July 11, 2009 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    The film Amelie. So good.

  7. Wendy
    Posted July 11, 2009 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    Stinky cheese.

  8. yumi
    Posted July 11, 2009 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    PARIS! Eating at L'Os à Moelle, Le Sensing, Le Comptoir du Relais, Bread & Roses, tasting menus, ordering blind off the menu and getting the most amazing (still unidentifiable) meal of your life. And Chanel. God Bless Chanel.

  9. AngelaLin
    Posted July 11, 2009 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    i lovelovelove the macarons and of course, an authentic croissant. mmm mmm

  10. The Music Empiricist
    Posted July 12, 2009 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    Jean-Luc Goddard

  11. joe
    Posted July 12, 2009 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    Foie Gras

  12. vealparmesan
    Posted July 12, 2009 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    & My wife Monique

  13. Krystin
    Posted July 12, 2009 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    The Little Prince (and french food of course!).

  14. April O'Keefe
    Posted July 13, 2009 at 3:37 am | Permalink

    So many things…but of course one of the best…the beauty of the language. We say, "potato", they say, "pomme de terre" meaning "apple of the earth"!!!! yes! so beautiful.

    P.S. Love your blog! :)

  15. Cara
    Posted July 13, 2009 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    Ciroc vodka….

  16. Cortney
    Posted July 13, 2009 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    I've been dieing to try the Greenhouse and would love the oppurtunity.

    When I think French/BASTILLE DAY, one thing comes to mind. High School English classes. I was in Honors English my freshman yr and had the pleasure of being taught every bit of symbology in "Tale of Two Cities" by one of my schools more excentric teachers.

    Senior yr I had dropped Honors English for College Prep English. I found myself finishing high school with the same teacher I'd started it with and reading the "Tale" once again.

    …I'm sure this isn't what you were looking for when you asked for our favorite thing about the French, but them memories are so vivid it's all that comes to mind.

  17. Allison M.
    Posted July 13, 2009 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    crepes are delicious.

  18. katya gray
    Posted July 13, 2009 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    Les macarons, bien sur!

  19. iandmyselfme
    Posted July 13, 2009 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    Duck confit and foie gras!

  20. Jen C.
    Posted July 13, 2009 at 11:47 am | Permalink


  21. Anonymous
    Posted July 13, 2009 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    Without the French we wouldn't have the phrase joie de vivre – which is always a worthwhile pursuit!

  22. michelle v
    Posted July 13, 2009 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    We have a winner! Thanks everyone for playing along, and thanks to Local Food Service.com for the tickets.

    Beanie – you win two tickets to tonight's fabulous dinner. I have no doubt that you will enjoy every single bite.

    Please e-mail me quickly: mvocaire@hotmail.com.

    If I don't hear from you by 3:30, I'll have to pick another winner (want to make sure these tix don't go to waste!).

  23. michelle v
    Posted July 13, 2009 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    Who is Yumi? Can you please e-mail me? Thanks!

  24. Jessica
    Posted July 14, 2009 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    My favorite thing about France is the way they live their life: everything is celebrated, from food to culture to language to fashion to art. It can all be summed up in the most famous phrase: C'est La Vie–such is life!

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