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!).

75 Comments

  1. Laurel Miltner
    Posted July 10, 2009 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    Baguettes. Hands down.

    And the Parisian metro system at a close second.

  2. avasil
    Posted July 10, 2009 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    Julia Child. Well, I suppose the French didn't create Julia Child, but they taught her a heck of a lot about culinary mastery.

    (just finished reading Julie & Julia – can't wait for the movie!)

  3. Anne Harrill
    Posted July 10, 2009 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    Les bistros Parisiens et la joie de vivre

  4. Sarah
    Posted July 10, 2009 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    Got to love the crepes!

  5. ChefDelbert
    Posted July 10, 2009 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    French attitude towards American Chefs ….. makes me laugh everytime !

  6. Shannon
    Posted July 10, 2009 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    Amazing cheeses, escargot and fresh baguettes!!! Thank you France!

  7. anelo82
    Posted July 10, 2009 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    The pastries, of course! Especially the French macaroons at Laduree…delicious!

  8. James
    Posted July 10, 2009 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    My favorite thing about the French is that they agreed to bankroll the American revolution.

  9. kakaty
    Posted July 10, 2009 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    French bakeries!

  10. Suzanne
    Posted July 10, 2009 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

    It's hard to pick just one: French wine, chocolate croissants and crepes with Nutella.

    And of course if you picked me, you could have the other ticket!!!

  11. Kim
    Posted July 10, 2009 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    I love the accent!

  12. Beanie
    Posted July 10, 2009 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    What do I love about the French?

    I love that they demonstrate, daily, that diminshing one's quality of life — neglecting the pursuit of outstanding food and drink, foregoing vacations and downtime — is not "progress". They remind us that it's not enough to simply live, if you're not taking steps to live well. And that it's not our Daily Bread unless it was baked TODAY.

  13. gazer
    Posted July 10, 2009 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    Le Tour de France, bien sur (et pâtisseries du Paris-Brest)!

  14. jkhanna
    Posted July 10, 2009 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    The french don't fear food they embrace it, butter, cheese, heavy cream, for the french these aren't things that are to be avoided but things to enjoy with a good glass or bottle of wine and friends and family.

  15. OHmommy
    Posted July 10, 2009 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    Syrah!

  16. Leslie Clare
    Posted July 10, 2009 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    Obviously their culinary expertise. Nothing compares to classic french cuisine whether its some sort of mind-shattering cream sauce, a nutty, creamy, salty delicious cheese or, of course, my very favorite, champagne.

    Without this cuisine, the US would be lacking in several talented chefs, restaurants and styles of cooking. And bubbly.

  17. Tfacey
    Posted July 10, 2009 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

    The things the French do with butter… Ooh la la

  18. Cycling Phun
    Posted July 10, 2009 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

    My wife who is adopted found out a while ago she is of French heritage, and she would totally dig it!
    Also, Le Tour de France is on right now… in a rebroadcast… second time watching it.

  19. Tino
    Posted July 10, 2009 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

    The bread, cheese, and wine. Oh, my, I could make a meal out of all that alone!

  20. DianeS
    Posted July 10, 2009 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

    Easy! I like the way of life both in Paris and other large French cities as well as life in the countryside and small towns.

  21. katie
    Posted July 10, 2009 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

    Marion Catillard!!! Beautiful and extremely talented French actress!!

  22. Dan Collins
    Posted July 10, 2009 at 11:36 pm | Permalink

    Favorite thing about the French? I'm a big fan of their fries and their toast.

  23. Beth
    Posted July 10, 2009 at 11:58 pm | Permalink

    Pain au chocolat! And Monster Munch chips — cute little ghost looking fried potato-ey goodness (:

  24. citybuddha
    Posted July 11, 2009 at 12:05 am | Permalink

    The food is one thing but a good french kiss will give memories forever.

  25. Dave
    Posted July 11, 2009 at 12:11 am | Permalink

    The frites, duh!

  26. Mati Senerchia
    Posted July 11, 2009 at 12:23 am | Permalink

    I love that the parks in Paris have chairs you can actually take a nap in and if one of the people taking a nap is a homeless guy with a bottle of wine this is not the end of the world.

    I love the house dishes in the little wine shops. One simple choice, perfectly made.

    Street crepes for breakfast, chocolate and banana, and then the flea market. And the small farmers' market with live goats and turtles and the most perfect apricots as though perfect apricots were no big deal.

  27. Leah
    Posted July 11, 2009 at 1:07 am | Permalink

    My favorite thing about the french is the F word. (Please excuse my French.)

  28. StevenS
    Posted July 11, 2009 at 3:26 am | Permalink

    La belle langue française

  29. Alison
    Posted July 11, 2009 at 3:46 am | Permalink

    The museums and the macorons!

  30. urbantraveler
    Posted July 11, 2009 at 3:56 am | Permalink

    French Onion Soup…..and luscious custard for dessert!

  31. Ashley
    Posted July 11, 2009 at 6:45 am | Permalink

    That I got over my first stupid high school infatuation while I was on a bateaux-mouche in Paris at age 16 eating a hot baguette, looking at the bakeries opening up for the day with steam fogging the windows, realizing that there was a whole amazing world waiting to be tasted…promptly followed by a celebratory crepe avec nutella et framboises.

  32. andy
    Posted July 11, 2009 at 6:51 am | Permalink

    Jean-Paul Sartre

  33. Francine
    Posted July 11, 2009 at 7:11 am | Permalink

    What the heck is NOT to like!
    They have all the good stuff….public health insurance, the mandatory 35 hour work week/24 days off a year…the carousels, cafes, yogurt, rustic stews, chocolate croissants, baguettes, CHEESE, New Wave cinema, Chanel…and that Napoleon was one sexy mutha!

  34. pchak
    Posted July 11, 2009 at 7:20 am | Permalink

    Rochambeau, Lafayette, and the French Navy. It might have just taken a lot longer, but then again, America might not be here without them.

    And cassoulet.

  35. shel
    Posted July 11, 2009 at 7:33 am | Permalink

    Châteauneuf du Pape

  36. cherieduda
    Posted July 11, 2009 at 7:39 am | Permalink

    Le Crueset! I can not make Gumbo without my pan…

  37. Lily B.
    Posted July 11, 2009 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    My favorite thing about the French…everything! But, mostly bread, crepes and their beautiful country.

  38. Russ
    Posted July 11, 2009 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    Hard to pick just one thing, and I haven't spent nearly enough time there.

    My favorites: the landscape in the south — white rock and lush vegetation, the chateaus you get to see from helicopter during the Tour, the simple food, the complex food, the lifestyle, the language.

  39. Emily Lauren
    Posted July 11, 2009 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    Oooh, a touch one. I'm tempted to pick 'poutine', but I think that's really [french] Canadian.

    My official answer: the croissants filled with chocolate that I splurged on, and meant I couldn't afford to actually go into the Eiffel Tower. And I'd do that again, too.

  40. Katy
    Posted July 11, 2009 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    I had the pleasure to be in France on Bastille Day! What a wonderful time on the river.

  41. dlayphoto
    Posted July 11, 2009 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    I love French cheese. Sadly, the good stuff doesn't make it this side of the pond thanks to USDA regulations…

  42. Sandro
    Posted July 11, 2009 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    I love cycling and I love France. Hmmmm.. I'm not quite sure how I could put those two together. . . perhaps I'll think of something Monday night.

  43. Mom2Xan
    Posted July 11, 2009 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    Mmmmm – cheese.

  44. Chuck Ackerman
    Posted July 11, 2009 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    Simone De Beauvoir

  45. alexa - cleveland's a plum
    Posted July 11, 2009 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    does french men count?

    no?

    ok i enjoy their crepes, wine and fashion.

    oui oui

  46. Robert Stockham
    Posted July 11, 2009 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    Le Petit Prince. I had a long talk with a local one day at a small town village fair…it was awesome, the French were so nice to us!

  47. Brian Griggs
    Posted July 11, 2009 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    My Favorite thing about the French is their cycling culture and their presentation of the greatest sporting event in the world, Le Tour de France!

  48. Charity
    Posted July 11, 2009 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    My favorite thing about the french is their sense of style and passion for simple, sexy food. (+ they take long lunches and feel NO GUILT)

  49. Ashley Favre
    Posted July 11, 2009 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    My family is originally from a small village on the border of France and Switzerland. I have not been to visit, yet, but if there's something to make me feel like I am there, count me in.
    Oh, and I LOVE croissants.

  50. Jode
    Posted July 11, 2009 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    Loire and Champagne….and cognac.

  51. 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.

  52. 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.

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

    chocolate croissants… yum!

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

    gruyere cheese!

  55. 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

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

    The film Amelie. So good.

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

    Stinky cheese.

  58. 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.

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

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

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

    Jean-Luc Goddard

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

    Foie Gras

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

    Escoffier…
    & My wife Monique

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

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

  64. 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! :)

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

    Ciroc vodka….

  66. 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.

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

    crepes are delicious.

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

    Les macarons, bien sur!

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

    Duck confit and foie gras!

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

    Beignets!

  71. 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!

  72. 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!).

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

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

  74. 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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