Bastille Day the French Way
While we just celebrated our own nation’s Independence Day, Bastille Day offers a fun excuse to keep the revolution celebration going. Each year on July 14, the French commemorate the storming of the Bastille in 1789, and the festivities often include a picnic. If you want to host a Bastille Day picnic of your own, here’s where to get the fixings locally:
• For wine, cheese and baguettes: Look no further than Brown Derby International Wine Center (2023 S. Glenstone Ave). The knowledgeable cheesemongers and wine experts on staff are always at-the-ready to point out offerings from specific regions in France that pair well together. Recently, they also started stocking French-made candy in beautiful keepsake tins by Maison Boissier, which was founded in Paris in 1827.
• For freshly sliced charcuterie: Jay Parrino’s Queen City Deli (1647 E. Sunshine St.) is right by Brown Derby International Wine Center, so it’s a convenient pit stop if you’re already there. Here, you can buy cold cuts like prosciutto, capicola and salami by the pound.
• For macarons and croissants: You honestly can’t go wrong with any dessert from European Café (207 Park Central E.) and several offerings even feature preserves from France as a key ingredient. If you plan on picking up more than just a couple of pastries, definitely place an order online ahead of time, or arrive early in the day if you want to snag a dozen macarons in the best flavors. 🥐