Vive la Vie et Bon Appetit
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Bonjour to you,
Another year has started.
After 11 years in business, I am still so touched when my old patrons show up at the door or plan a celebration, birthday or anniversary party.
After 11 years, I still meet new patrons:
- some find us on the internet or simply through search engines
- some have driven by for years and never thought this ugly brick buiding with dark windows would host a cozy French Cafe with a warm and romantic atmosphere.
The fact is, Cafe de Paris is cruising through the years thanks to all of you, new, recent or old patrons.
We are close to Thanksgiving, a unique celebration that we do not share with the French holiday calendar: this special holiday means a lot to us since we do not have any family here in the States.
You have no idea how many times we have been invited by our good patrons and friends and how many times, each year, I have to decline invitations by so many of you. There is no equivalent of such an intense "family and sharing" holiday in our native country.
So please allow me to wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving day with a special thought for those who would have spent long hours in the kitchen to provide you with a special dinner...trust me I know what it takes!
Have a great day when you read my prose and "a bientot".
The Beaujolais Nouveau was released November 21st. Swing by for a taste of it, we have a few bottles left. Starting Tuesday, November 26th we will introduce a" burger week": we will offer Angus beef burger, duck burger and lamb burger, at a price of $9.95 each served with our famous home made French fries on a brioche bun.
So if you want to swing by for a tasty dish, don't hesitate to take a seat in our bar on Tuesday night for some Live Jazz. We will offer this special burger promotion all week except Thanksgiving day.
Since the Cafe and the Crepe Cafe will be closed on Thanksgiving, the Chefs at Café de Paris would like to offer their assistance in helping you prepare your holiday dinner
*orders must be placed by Friday November 26
*pick-up Wednesday November 27
Erik’s Country Pate with Apricots and Craisins $6.95 ½ lb.
Baked Artichoke Gratin $8.50 (serves 4-8 people)
Chef Jerry’s Boneless Breast of Turkey Roulade-cornbread stuffing, sausage, apricots and craisins $9.95 per lb
House made Giblet Gravy $8.95/Qt.
Chunky Cranberry Sauce with fresh cranberries, apples, ginger
and orange zest $7.50/pt.
Chef Rebecca’s Desserts
Belgium Chocolate Cognac Torte (flourless serves 12-18) $48.00
Carrot Cake with pineapple, coconut and walnuts $24.00
Happy Thanksgiving from the Chefs at Café de Paris
Do you enjoy Live JAZZ?
Join us for our jamming Jazz evening every Tuesday evening from 6pm to 9pm with Otis, Mandy and whoever shows up to share their musical skills with the audience; it's a cheerful musical moment where you sit close to the musicians and watch them express their passion for all these joyous songs from the 50's to now. All styles are played on your special requests, like Latino, American, Brazilian and even French songs!
Try our new Gourmet Burgers: lamb, beef and duck burgers will now be served during our Live Jazz Events.
Join Gene and his keyboard, every Friday night from 6 to 9pm
Wether you like a Nocturne of Chopin or Dave Brubeck's "Take Five", Gene will play it for you. Seit at a private table and enjoy a romantic evening with his sensitive and distinctive playing. He glady takes requests and is so versatile in different styles. All these musical events are free, just swing by and enjoy a special moment with us with food, fun and music.
Gene has just been recognized by the Baltimore Jazz Alliance in its last newsletter.
New Bar special on Sundays and Wednesday;
Simply order our Early-Bird dinner 2 or 3 course and you will automatically receive a free glass of red or white house wine.
So instead of sitting home watching by example the Sunday game (s), drive to Cafe de Paris, have a seat in our comfortable bar high chair and enjoy the food and the show on our big screen TVs with a nice glass of wine. Voila !!
In the meantime, please keep in mind Cafe de Paris offers accomodations for your special event needs:
- Your birthday: don't do it at home, invite your friends to dance and party with you here at Cafe de Paris.
On a Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday evening, book the restaurant for a group of a minimum of 30 people. We will offer you the choice of heavy hors d'oeuvres or/and custom dessert cake with drinks, for a set price per person plus the cost of our DJ, Wallid. He will prepare a selection of dance music with you ($150 for the evening). You can personalize your party and have a special time with your friends all for yourself.
- Your kid's birthday
Gather 25 kids and have them enjoy a safe environment with music, games and fun on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. They will have the time of their life and your son or daughter will feel like a star, dancing, snacking and drinking sodas or Shirley Temple. Call us for a quote depending on their age. The minimum is 15 with adult supervision to help us out.
- A family, friend or company gathering
Choose a theme and organize your own party with us. Choose the type of food, music, drinks and enjoy a personal moment in the welcoming atmosphere of Cafe de Paris's bar and dancing area. We will tailor the menu, drinks and music to your needs.
If you were planning another fun event, remember to change from a traditional birthday party to a "BIRTHDAY COOKING CLASS": gather a minimum of 8 people and spend 5 hours together. Choose your menu with the Chef, select the dishes you will prepare according to your guests and taste.
- Start with a French breakfast with crepes
- Learn knife skills
- Cook a 3 course meal made from scratch by you, "hands on"
- Enjoy an aperitif with hors d'oeuvres
- Have lunch all together with the Chef
- Learn how to pair food and wine, enjoy 2 different wine tastings during the meal
This package is available for Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 2pm, the maximum amount of people is 15.
Price per person $65 plus tax and gratuity.
If you have not yet tried our CREPE CAFE, pay us a visit and enjoy a savory or sweet crepe or a light fare at the bar for as low as $5.95. It's also the perfect place for a nice Brunch: "build" your own crepe or panini according to your taste and a list of 12 ingredients.
If you wanted to learn how to make crepes, we also offer a Crepe Cooking Class including a meal with a savory crepe and dessert crepe with wine for $35 per person (or $25 for kids from 8 years old) with a minimum 8 people and a maximum of 12.
Au revoir & merci beaucoup from all of us at Cafe de Paris.
Cafe de Paris
WELCOME TO CAFE DE PARIS
HERE IS WHAT YOU WILL FIND WHEN YOU WALK IN
- A main dining room sitting 100 people: wooden floor with Bistro Style white table clothed tables, booth, and Brasserie seating offers comfortable and casual dining. The dining room is split into two levels separated by a half wall separating the room and making your experience a warm and cozy one.
- A Crepe Cafe: offering savory and sweet crepes.
- A bar sitting about 30 people: Consisting of a square bar top with comfortable tall bar stools. Tables are also available for more privacy or romantic discussions. The bar area easily accommodates cocktail parties or social gatherings. Join us every Tuesday & Friday & Saturday for Live Music.
- A private banquet room: Comfortably seating up to 35 people depending on your choice of table arangement, and function like rehearsal dinners, family or company gatherings, graduation, anniversary birthday or surprise parties.
Give us a call to discuss your next event, we will be glad to accommodate your needs and show you our premises for future reference.
I look forward to hearing from you. A bientot and "Merci".
From: "Exclusively Howard County" Magazine
Everyone has an idea about what characterizes a French restaurant. Visit Café de Paris once and that idea is likely to change. Owner Erik Rochard brings a completely new attitude to the French dining experience and has created a casual, comfortable and unpretentious atmosphere that caters to every type of household.
“My idea was first to demystify French cooking,” states Erik. “Second, it was to create a neighborhood French restaurant, the type found throughout France.” Café de Paris offers a palate of dishes influenced by all regions of France as well as neighbors along the Mediterranean and Alsace. “We want guests to come in, sit back and relax, enjoy a glass of wine or cider, savor a three-course meal or enjoy lighter fare at the bar, listen to a live music and experience pure joie de vivre.”
This is Erik’s passion and it shows in every aspect of Café de Paris. “Dining together is a way of sharing,” states Erik. “Sharing with friends and family, taking the time to enjoy each other’s company while enjoying authentic French cuisine.” As a young boy growing up in France, Erik learned the importance of getting together and sharing the day over a nice meal. He wants Café de Paris to be that gathering place where friends, families, couples, individuals all come together to pursue the virtue of sharing. “I love to see people come in with their kids for a big family event,” states Erik. “Sharing love and experiences around the table.” And of course, good food.
Whether for lunch or dinner, this good food starts with tasty appetizers ranging from French onion soup or home made pâté to escargot or duck confit and lentil salad. Right from the start, Erik encourages patrons to take their time and enjoy their meals. As he says, “bistro may mean quick, but dining at Café de Paris is to be savored not rushed.”
The savory menu selections change seasonally and entrees range from Beef Bourguignon or Roasted Pork Tenderloin to Saumon Grille Ratatouille or Double Crab Cake. That’s right, Maryland crab cakes with a French flair. Next door, the Crêpe Café offers a huge selection of reasonably priced, tasty crêpes. Made with buckwheat, this lighter fare is lower in calories and has fewer carbohydrates than a traditional sandwich.
Café de Paris also offers its popular “Formule” pre-set menu, which includes a choice of appetizer, entrée and dessert all for a fixed price. Guests can also enjoy a delicious weekend Crepe brunch on both Saturday and Sunday.
Recently Erik met with his staff to discuss how to provide an experience that is even more pleasurable; leaving patrons satisfied and happy, and is, most importantly, less painful on the wallet. The vote was unanimous: “let’s change the menu, decrease our prices and produce more eclectic dishes, so that every visit leaves one with a feeling of a great experience that is not regretted when the credit card statement arrives.” With that said, Café de Paris is better than ever and Erik’s continued commitment to food, friends and family remains obvious with every visit. Saveur exquise! (or some such French exclamation).