Thursday, June 08, 2006

"French Cocktail Hours"

Coincidentally, just after writing about "Apéro" time last week, today comes word of a special promotion by the French Government Tourist Office. From June 2-12, tout le monde in New York and Chicago is invited to enjoy special "French Cocktail Hours" from 6-8 pm at participating restaurants throughout both cities.

For those of us in flyover country and points beyond, there is still an opportunity to participate by throwing our own little soirées. As an added incentive, they are sponsoring a contest for Best Party and with some très fabuleux prizes! GRAND PRIZE is a 6-day/5-night trip to Paris, including round-trip airfare from Air France and accomodations in a luxury aparthotel from Pierre & Vacances CITY for the host(ess) with the mostest and a guest (Value: $3,000); 2 "First Prize" winners will be granted their dream dinner for four at a local French restaurant ($500 value each), and 10 "Second Prize" winners will make off with a special "French Cocktail Hour To Go" gift basket, including a selection of Trois Petits Cochons pâtés and toasts. (Value: $50 each).

Here is the formula to follow: dream up your party and scour your Blackberry for the perfect VIP list. Ponder the potions for a heady selection of French "Apéros" and cocktails and tasty, decadent French hors-d'oeuvres. Brownie points will be given for using featured brands such as Marie Brizard liqueurs, Ricard Pastis, Duboeuf wines, Pommery Champagne, Idol Vodka, Kronenbourg 1664 beer, Trois Petits Cochons Pâtés, and Le Rustique cheeses. (Really. This is one of the potential tiebreakers!)

To enter, put your party together; take pictures of the revelry; and submit them along with a brief essay (no more than 100 words) describing how you organized it all. To improve odds of winning, include all supporting materials produced for the party, including invitations (printed or e-mail), food and drink menus, photos, etc.

Send your application by mail to:

French Cocktail Hour Contest
PO Box 210
Harrison, NJ 07029-9902

or apply on-line here. All mailed entries must be postmarked by 08/11/06 and received by 08/18/06.

Bonne chance et bonne santé, mes amis!


Anonymous Mary Twiss Connolly said...

So, did you ever come up with your own party, chica?

2:17 AM  

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