Thursday, March 16, 2017

Bastille Celebrates the Cultural Diversity of France's Melting Pot of Immigrants

From our friends at Bastille Restaurant & Wine Bar...

Bastille Presents 'April in Paris,' Celebrating France’s Immigrants’ Food and Cultures

For the entire month of April, Bastille presents April in Paris - a menu that celebrates the diverse peoples and cultures of France. A large selection of a la carte dishes are available, as well as Bastille's signature three-course or four-course bistrot menu ($39 and $49 respectively.) For more than a millennium of France’s modern history, the country has been a land of immigration. From the Romans, Franks, Goths, Vikings and Moors... to the more recent integration of people from the former French Colonial Empire (Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Sub-Sahel Africa, Lebanon, Indochina, Caribbean and Pacific Islands) and the current European Union countries, France has benefitted from this rich melting pot of populations and cultures.

Currently, almost a quarter of France’s population is either foreign-born or second-generation from foreign-born families hailing from Spain, Portugal, Italy, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Africa, Middle-East, Vietnam, Cambodia... and many more.

This season, Bastille’s Chef/Owners Christophe and Michelle Poteux celebrate the diversity of the culinary heritage that has enriched France’s culinary culture. Dishes like Couscous Royal, Paella and Osso Buco have become part of the French repertoire. Dining in Paris offers a mosaic of cultural and culinary opportunities that today's travelers and residents have come to expect.

The menu includes everything from Mafe Ginaar; Bacalhau a Portuguesa; Falafel with Harissa Aioli; Osso Buco de Lotte; Magret de Canard à l’Orange; Paella and more, each inspired by the melting pot of cultures that make up the country of France.

As the French Republique will celebrate democracy and elect a new president on May 7th, the French Revolution is remembered as a stand for all people of the world to rally against tyranny; hence the 1789 Declaration Universelle des Droits de l’Homme. Vive la France! Vive la Revolution!

Bastille is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:30 AM until 10 PM and Sunday 11:30 AM until 9 PM serving brunch, lunch, dinner and all day dining with café and bar menu offered. The restaurant is located in The Asher at 606 N. Fayette Street in Alexandria, Virginia, just two blocks from the Braddock Metro. For reservations and further information, please log into or call (703) 519-3776.