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November 5-13
The 41st annual Salon Marjolaine, the largest organic fair in Paris, takes place this week at the Parc Floral (Bois de Vincennes) with 550 stands selling everything organic you could imagine. There are also plenty of food stands for lunch onsite, a vestiaire, and a little shuttle from the metro Château de Vincennes to the entrance of the Parc Floral. Open 10:30am-7pm. Entry €10, but you can get a €3 discount voucher on the website to print out in advance. You can also see my article and video from my visit in 2010.  

Marchés de Noël - Christmas Markets are Here! 
Am I the only one who thinks it's wrong that the Christmas Market opens on the Champas-Elysées before Beaujolais Nouveau?  The two largest are opening mid-month this year.
- November 11-January 8 on the Avenue des Champs Elysées
- November 17-December 27 at the Esplanade de La Défense
Other Christmas Markets will be opening around Paris in December, see the full list (en françaishere.   

November 17 
Although it's rather low-key in France compared to the hype it gets in America, the annual Beaujolais Nouveau festival takes place in wine bars throughout Paris today. Read all about the history and the different varieties (good, bad, ugly) and where to celebrate in Paris in this excellent article by Aaron Ayscough, The Redemption of Beaujolais Nouveau (read the 2014 update here and his current on-location exploration of the Beaujolais region here). And for fun, here's a link to the little video I made at the Beaujolais dinner I attended in 2010 with Meg Zimbeck of Paris by Mouth and Bryan Pirolli.  

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Thursday
Mar082012

Dinner & Concert with Leslie Caron and Givenchy at Château de Chantilly

A very unique, once-in-a-lifetime event! Participate in an unforgettable evening April 7th at the gorgeous Château de Chantilly and its Grand Stables, with dinner and music in the presence of legendary French actress Leslie Caron and couturier Hubert de Givenchy

The American Friends of Chantilly and the Fondation pour la Sauvegarde et le Développement du Domaine de Chantilly, two non-profit organisations dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the Domaine de Chantilly, are hosting a special fundraising event, "Memories & Melodies", to help restore the 19th-century Ile d'Amour, or Island of Love, in the château's romantic English gardens. The event begins on April 7th at 7pm with dinner in in the Château's elegant Galerie des Cerfs, where Ms Caron and Mr de Givenchy will share their memories of the filming of two great American masterpieces, An American in Paris and Funny Face (the latter was filmed in Chantilly in 1957). 


Dinner will be followed with a concert by the Chantilly Conservatory of Music, whose full orchestra and choir will be performing music by George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein under the dome of the Grand Stables. This will be the first opportunity to view the sculpted fountain newly restored thanks to the friends and members of the American Friends of Chantilly.

Seats at the event are €220/person (€180 if you're a member of the AFC), with optional round-trip shuttle from Paris for €20, or a night at the four-star Dolce Hotel for €160 (double room with breakfast). Dress code: cocktail attire. RSVP by April 3rd to AFP President, Candice Nancel, at afceurope@orange.fr or 06 14 67 04 49. 

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