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Alliance de Francaise plans mouth-watering French food festival

May 1, 2014

By Courtney Mabeus, The Frederick News-Post, Md.

May 01--There's almost no better introduction to French culture than through one's stomach.

That's what the Alliance Francaise de Frederick is banking on at Le Panache, a French food festival scheduled for Saturday at Ceresville Mansion in Frederick.

The first-of-its-kind festival is planned to help bring visibility to the club and support its mission of promoting French culture and the language, Alliance president Eleanor Monnet said.

Expect bourguignon, coq au vin, moules -- otherwise known as mussels -- crepes and "of course baguettes," Monnet said.

Oh, and you must not forget the wine and a little au fromage.

"Of course, cheeses and French wine are a part of French culture," Monnet said.

Monnet was born in the Philipines but has lived in France. She said the elegant Ceresville Mansion offered the right amount of elegance for the first festival, which she hopes will become an annual event.

"It actually matched what we needed," Monnet said.

In addition to the buffet-style food offerings, students from Tuscarora High School will demonstrate French dance and Guy Whidden, a veteran 101st Airborne paratrooper who jumped at Normandy on D-Day, is expected as a guest speaker, Monnet said.

For Monnet, picking a favorite French dish is a tough call. She likes bourguignon, a traditional French stew, "especially if it's cooked well."

"In France, everything has to be fresh," she said. "If you ask me about French food, everything is good."


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