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"L'Apéritif à la française" at Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa

(Ottawa, May 30th 2008) – Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa will celebrate on June 5, 2008 « Apéritif à la Française », the annual international rendezvous of French food culture.

Le Cordon Bleu, worldwide leader in culinary and hospitality education with more than 30 schools over 5 continents, is proud to sponsor a unique international event with the partnership of the French Embassy to Canada and Sopexa.

« Apéritif à la Française » is celebrating its 5th anniversary on June 5th at Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa Culinary Arts Institute.

The program consists of a two hour demonstration starting at 3:00pm and conducted by José Moniz and Gilles Gourdet, respectively cuisine and pastry chefs of the French Embassy to Canada and will take place in the Salle Cointreau. The demonstration will focus on:
« Plats servis au palais de l’Élysée, offerts par des Présidents de la République Française »
“Dishes offered by French Presidents and served at the Élysée Palace » including:

-Mr Valéry Giscard d'Estaing : Potage aux truffes, Truffle potage
-Mr François Mitterrand: Caille farcie périgourdine, Périgourdine stuffed quail
-Mr Jacques Chirac: Millefeuille noix de coco et citron, Coconut and lemon millefeuille

Following the demonstration at 5:00pm, an « Apéritif à la Française » will be served on the terrace, reflecting the different customs and renowned aperitifs that are offered in various regions of France. You will also have the opportunity to discover culinary showpieces created exclusively for this event by our Chefs and Chef Meilleur Ouvrier de France. Finally, take this opportunity to meet Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa’s Chefs in person and ask them the questions to which you have always wanted answers – or why not have them reveal one of their secrets!

About Apéritif à la Française

Created and organized by SOPEXA since 2004, Apéritif à la française strives to enhance the image of French food around the world which is often intimidating for many. Backed by the French Ministry of Agriculture and co-financed by corporate partners, Apéritif à la française will add zest to French food by highlighting its modern image and accessibility. «Apéritif à la Française» is a trademark of Sopexa.

About Sopexa

As a company that specializes in marketing and communications for the food and drink industry, SOPEXA promotes French food and agricultural products globally. Part of its mandate is to create and execute communication campaigns for its clients - French businesses and organizations - promoting their "Made in France" products and brands in major markets worldwide. This is accomplished through a fully integrated network across Canada (Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver), and in 33 foreign countries worldwide with head office in Paris. Since its inception in 1961, SOPEXA has directed its operations and development towards major trends in French agribusiness in markets around the world.

For further information please contact:
Pamela Bakalian
Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa Culinary Arts Institute
613- 236-2433 ext 230

If you would like to attend this event please contact:

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