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Bastille Day in and Around North Salem

Vive la France!

Thursday is Bastille Day -- the day the citizens of Paris stormed the Bastille Prison to release political prisoners, an event that contributed to the founding of the First French Republic in 1790.

Four French restaurants in the North Salem area are celebrating La Fête Nationale with special events:

Luc's in Ridgefield is observing its 10th Anniversary in conjunction with le quatorze Juliet - the fourteenth of July. It will be a three-day event, beginning Thursday at 11 a.m. and concluding Saturday at 10 p.m. In addition to a special menu, Luc's will hold its traditional pétanque tournament. Pétanque is a bowling game, similar to boules or bocce.

In addition to its regular menu, Le Chateau in South Salem will have some special Bastille Day offerings. These include vichyssoise, frisée salad, paté de campagne, merguez sandwiches with French fries and steak frite sauce au poivre or béarnaise. Live French music will round out the experience. Un événement spécial!

Bernard's in Ridgefield is holding off on its Bastille Day celebration until Sunday. Then it will feature a wine tasting and French-style barbecue buffet. The menu is extensive and includes homemade charcuterie and paté, homemade sausage, cassoulet, various salads, cheese, dessert and fresh fruit. The meal is prix fixe at $75 per person plus tax and gratuity.

North Salem's Vox is not planning a special menu for the 14th, but its menu features French barbecue throughout July. Named after the small cinema in owner Jean Lebris' home town in France, Vox often treats its guests to outdoor movies. The film for Bastille Day will be either Purple Noon, the French forerunner of The Talented Mr. Ripley, or the classic, Casablanca, with its memorable crowd singing La Marseillaise at Rick's.

Vive le cinéma!

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