FOOD + DRINK, RECIPES + menus | June 16, 2008

Apéritif à la française 2008 in Montreal

aperitif a la francaise 2008 in montreal :: fabien maillard of mixoart

An impressive 24 countries in 38 towns celebrated the Apéritif à la française on Thursday, June 5th, 2008!

I really enjoyed my night at Apéritif à la française in Montreal. I was not alone. The evening was a big hit with 1,500 guests attending. This number includes industry insiders and the general public.

What Happened?

We tasted great food, flavorful cocktails, tasty French wines and dance to the beat of DJ Gregory from France.

Several activities besides food and drinks tasting were taken place. In front of the entrance, a series of vintage French cars were parked. There was a Citroën similar to the one lieutenant Columbo used to drive.

It was possible to book an appointment with the hairdressers to get a black tie event hairdo. I wish I did. A photograph then took a souvenir picture with your girlfriends.

Flair Bartending

My friend Fabien Maillard, one of the co-founders of MixOarT, concocted three delicious drinks at the Pineau des Charentes stand.

If you are looking for a unique bartending service in Montreal, Fabien, Sam and the rest of the MixOarT team do an amazing job. MixOarT does not only serve and invent new drinks, they also practice flair bartending. So you get a little entertaining while you are waiting for your drinks.

Flavorful Summer Cocktails

I really enjoyed Ile de Ré, a cocktail made of Pineau des Charentes, blood orange juice, fresh mint leaves and club soda. Very refreshing!

My husband tasted La Rochelle. His drink was prepared with mango puree, orange juice, pineapple juice, a dash of vanilla syrup and Pineau des Charentes.

Jerome Paradis and Kim Vallee at Apéritif à la française in Montreal

Fabien worked on past events of Apéritif à la française for Pineau des Charentes. Try his cocktails recipes at your next outdoor party. Learn how to prepare seven of Fabien’s cocktails on the recipes section of Apéritif à la française.

The party officially started at 6 p.m. and we left after midnight. The crowd was still vibrating to DJ Gregory’s master mixes.

Until Next Year

The event was sold out in 6 or 8 hours this year. My husband, my friends and I will not miss the fifth edition next year. The tender couple at the left end is my husband and I.

Where you at an event in one of the 38 cities that hosted an Apéritif à la française? If you went to one event, how it was in your city? Did you enjoy the experience?

>>> Sourcing:
Learn more: Apéritif à la française
Learn more: MixOarT – site in French only
Recipes: Pineau des Charentes Cocktails by Fabien Maillard of MixOarT

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+ Apéritif à la française around the World on June 5, 2008

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