This year, make your red, white and blue outfit do double duty — celebrate France’s Bastille Day on July 14.
This national holiday commemorates the start of the French Revolution and is commonly celebrated with parades, fireworks and airshows (sound familiar?)
If you didn’t already book a ticket for la tour Eiffel, join the festivities with these Baltimore-area dining specials and events.
Petit Louis Bistro, 4800 Roland Ave. in Roland Park, is offering a Bastille Day lunch for $49 per person. Tickets include the meal and two drinks, plus live music by The Hot Club of Baltimore Trio.
Starting at 5 p.m., Chez Hugo will serve a half-chicken special for $20. Champagne and sides will also be available à la carte. The downtown restaurant is at 206 E. Redwood St.
Le Bistro du Village (1609 Sulgrave Ave.) will offer live French music, food and drink specials including wine and champagne. The Mount Washington restaurant will also give a gift certificate to the diner with the best French-themed costume. Marie Antoinette, anyone?
Speaking of the famous French monarch, Café Poupon and sister store Pâtisserie Poupon will pull out the recipe for a brioche pastry filled with orange blossom cream. The Tarte Tropézienne is a nod to Marie Antoinette’s famous line “Let them eat cake!” Both the Jonestown bakery at 820 E. Baltimore St. and the Mount Vernon cafe at 225 N. Charles St. will sell the individual pastry ($4) and the mini-version ($2).
Ma Petite Shoe, 832 W. 34th St. in Hampden, will host a day-long sale ending with champagne, music and chocolates from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Yes, we know this is not a dining special, but maybe you want some Parisian heels to wear to your French dinner.
Stevenson’s Gramercy Mansion, 1400 Greenspring Valley Road, will host a Bastille Day-themed wine supper to benefit Meals on Wheels. The dinner takes place on July 13 (Bastille Eve) from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tickets cost $120.
Peruse Paris scenes at the Annapolis Collection Gallery’s Bastille Day reception from 7-9:30 p.m. Enjoy traditional French songs played on classical guitar and accompanied by a French vocalist. Photographs dating back to the early 20th century will be on display.
If all of the above seem too local (and France seems too far), make the trip to Perigeaux Vineyards and Winery, 8650 Mackall Road in St. Leonard, for an afternoon celebration. The event is free to enter and includes live music, racing waiters and the classic French game pétanque (plus some American backyard favorites). Rest assured, there will also be wine.