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Merci Beaucoup: Marc Penvenne of Méli-Mélo Relaunches Versailles in Greenwich

6 Mar


Now that we’ve been around Greenwich for over a year, we can just scrape ourselves out of bed on a lazy Sunday and head over to one of our favorite breakfast spots, Méli-Mélo.  Despite the annoyance of finding a spot and the sometimes long lines, it’s all worth it at the end when you’re devouring some killer crepes.  If you’ve been to this Greenwich Ave. mainstay and hotspot, chances are that you’ve seen and talked with owner Marc Penvenne.  He’s always making the rounds, helping seat people, and making sure that everything runs smoothly.

Well, he’s been a bit busier as of late.  That’s because he has brought Versailles back to life, breathing new life to the closed (Easter, 2013) landmark restaurant that’s been around since 1980.  It’s kind of ironic, huh?  Marc came to Greenwich from France and began as a manager at Versailles, left to open Méli-Mélo (right across the street), and now owns Versailles.  Quite the full circle.

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Très Bien: Focus on French Cinema Festival…and Food! 3/23-3/25

21 Mar

Although most of what I learned of the French language was from Gambit of X-Men or Pepé Le Pew, we still love the French culture and culinary scene.  Well, this weekend you’re going to get the best of both worlds:  French cinema and food.  Yes, it’s the 8th Annual Focus on French Cinema 2012.

The bubbly pops open March 23 and pours out until March 25 at The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, NY.

Here’s a basic breakdown of the days:

March 23

Screening of Angèle and Tony (87 minutes) at 7, followed by…

The Gala Buffet:  “LES MAITRES CUISINIERS DE FRANCE and THE ACADEMIE CULINAIRE DE FRANCE are back again this year to indulge guests with the best of French Cuisine at the OPENING NIGHT GALA BUFFET. Sip champagne Perrier-Jouët sponsored by PERNOD-RICARD and mingle and meet our guests!”

The Silent Auction:  “Bid on everything from a Champagne Sunset cruise on Long Island Sound to a African Safari for two at the Zulu Nyala Private Game reserve.”

March 24

At 11:45, you can participate in La Table Ronde:  “At this year’s Round Table, discussions between actors and directors…will showcase the new generation of French cinema.”

From 12-6 pm you can watch a series of short films.

From 12-8 pm you may stroll down “Rue des Restaurants,” Restaurant Street!  Oh, mon cherie, come along with us and partake just some of the food available:

• Wine and coffee

• Croques-monsieurs, crêpes, quiches

• Miniature apple tarts

• Foie gras and oxtail torchon

• Cotignac (quince) en coulis

•  Everybody’s favorite…macarons!

• Tuna tartare

• Sausage and herb polenta with Beaufort

• Chocolate, products from D’Artagnan, and more…

Food will be provided by Provence en Boite in Brooklyn, Jean-Louis in Greenwich, L’atelier du chocolat, Union League Cafe in New Haven, Orsay Restaurant in NYC, D’Artagnan, Swiss Favorites, White Toque , Les Canelés de Céline of NYC, and Wave Hill Breads of Wilton.

March 25

“Rue des Restaurants” from 12-6 pm.  Oui, two days!

Four feature films being shown from 11-6.


Tickets can be bought at different levels.  Here’s an explanation from their site:

Call FFC ticket Hot Line @ 203-629-3644 No fees
or  Call the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College
@ 914 251-6200 Parking is on us
Focus on French Cinema: March 22-25, 2012 
Reg. price
VIP PASS (Access to all movies & Gala)
Gala and Opening Night Movie
Festival PASS (Good for all movies except Opening Night movie)
Student PASS (Good for all movies except Opening Night movie)
Opening Night Movie ONLY (*)
One Movie Ticket (Access to all movies except Opening Night Movie)
One Movie Ticket SENIOR (Access to all movies except Opening Night Movie)
One Movie Ticket STUDENT (Access to all movies except Opening Night Movie)
NEW THIS YEAR – 4 Movie tickets (Access to all movies except Opening Night Movie)
Save $6.00 compared to the price of 4 individual tickets!
(*) Seats are limited

Tickets are not refundable
10% of the net proceeds will benefit Action Against Hunger (ACF|USA)

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