7/02/2013 03:17:00 PM

Bastille Day Festivities Around DC

L'Enfant Cafe Bar's Bastille Day block party
It may not even be July 4 yet, but we're already thinking about the next holiday we can celebrate. Mark your calendars for Bastille Day (officially July 14), which will bring French fare and festivities to town that week. Whether it’s an Embassy showcase for Gallic food, wine and jazz, or a hilarious block party with a maid’s race and masquerade ball, there’s an event geared for every citoyen and citoyenne. Here are some top choices.

July 9-14: Mintwood Place chef Cedric Maupillier, who hails from Toulon, will highlight regional fare such as pissaladaire, pain beignet salad, dorade with fennel and olives, lamb, peach croustade and oreillette (a beignet) on a five-course tasting menu ($65) with wine pairings ($35), served all week at his Adams Morgan hotspot along with the regular menu (202-234-6732).

July 12: The French Embassy will host a gala with wine, bubbly and a buffet from top restaurants like Bistrot Lepic and Central. Musicians performing live jazz will be performing outside as well in its lovely rooms, where they'll be dancing. A silent auction will offer cravable swag (7 PM-midnight; $110, VIP $150; get tickets here).

July 13: L’Enfant CafĂ© Bar will hold a block party presided over by King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette (aka co-owners Jim Ball and Christopher Lynch) in Adams Morgan. Can-can dancers, aerialists, food trucks, cash bars and a masquerade ball are part of the mix. A highlight is the French maid’s race where contestants don a short black and white dress, and run back and forth across the street filling a Champagne glass with soup spoons of water (3-11 PM; Vernon St., NW between 18 and 19 Sts. NW; 202-319-1800).

July 14: At Bastille in Old Town, chefs Christophe and Michelle Poteaux will honor their heritage with a special prix fixe menu, served exclusively that day, featuring Gallic specialties like sardines with provencale ratatouille, Moroccan mussels with ras el hanout and lamb chops with merguez ($39; 703-519-3776).

July 14: 2941 in Falls Church will offer a walk-around, midday festival, where guests can sip and sample French food and wine in its chic dining room, or on the beautifully landscaped terrace (11 AM-2:30 PM; $48, children 10 and under are free). A four-course tasting menu will be served inside, from 6-8:30 PM (703-270-1500).

July 14: French bakery Paul will hold baguette relay races around the US Navy Memorial at its Penn Quarter location for fast walking youngsters (at 2 PM) and adults (2:30 PM). Would-be racers can sign up here. Children’s fishing and craft activities also include a build your own “Bastille Tower” challenge, followed by a competition where you throw a ball to tear it down (free events begin at 2 PM; 202-524-4500).


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