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Beaujolais Nouveau, Crêpes, and French Lentils

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Rootstock: Peace, Love and Beaujolais Nouveau
We've already mentioned that this Thursday marks the arrival of Beaujolais Nouveau, and that French wine producer Georges Duboeuf and its exclusive U.S. importer, W.J. Deutsch & Sons, are sponsoring a food drive to benefit Feeding South Florida. Last year, Feeding South Florida distributed approximately 21 million pounds of food (an estimated 14 million meals) to over 800 agencies in four counties and to other food banks in the state of Florida.

Here are more details: From Thursday through November 25th, the following South Beach restaurants will be serving as drop-off points for nonperishable food items: Au Pied du Cochon at 81 Washington Ave.; Café de Arts at 1360 Collins Ave.; Casanova Suites at 524 Ocean Dr.; and Clarke's at 84 1st St.. For virtual donations, go here.

Au Pied du Cochon will also be hosting a Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau kickoff party from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, featuring food, wine, and entertainment. Beginning that evening and continuing through November 25th, Au Pied will offer a complimentary taste of 2009 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau to patrons who bring in nonperishable food items for the drive.

Another Round of Beaujolais
Petit Rouge in North Miami  is offering a 3-course dinner and glass of Beaujolais Nouveau for $35 plus tax and tip. Deal starts this Thursday, November 19th, and runs through Saturday the 21st.
12409 Biscayne Blvd.; 305-892-7676.

More French Thoughts
You can get good crêpes at numerous places around town, but they never taste the same as they do on the streets of Paris. My theory: Just as Brooklyn water makes the bagel, Parisian air makes the crêpe.

In case you were wondering: The new Publix on South Beach does not stock Le Puy French lentils.

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