The French American Chamber of Commerce of Northern Ohio will celebrate the arrival of Beaujolais Nouveau 2013 Thursday at a gathering downtown that looks ahead to increased contact between northwest France and Northeast Ohio.
The chamber has been at work for several years forging business and cultural ties with Rouen, which became a sister city to Cleveland in 2008. That year, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson led a delegation of Cleveland business and civic leaders to Rouen, the capital of Upper Normandy. The mayor of Rouen reciprocated the next year, arriving in Cleveland with a dozen representatives of French universities and economic development agencies. Since then, delegations with a culinary air have gone back and forth, and everyone is eating better.
The April delegation will arrive in Rouen during an international business exposition. Cleveland chefs, restaurant owners and urban farmers will show some of the farm-to-table strategies that have made Cleveland a national leader in fresh and nutritious gourmet dining. Some nutrition enhancement techniques will be displayed, perhaps on Cleveland-made Vitamix machines.
Cleveland area diners can taste the French connection Thursday. The celebration begins at 5:30 p.m. at Pura Vida Restaurant and Tri-C Hospitality Management Center, 170 Euclid Avenue, with toastings of the Nouveau Beaujolais 2013 newly arrived from France.
Cooking demonstrations and dinner will start at 6 p.m. with a 3-course menu prepared by Chef Brandt Evans from Pura Vida, Chef Ky-Wai Wong and Tri-C students. The chamber will be auctioning dining packages from Cleveland area restaurants.
Admission is $75 in advance, $85 at the door. To register, go to the chamber’s website, http://www.faccohio.org/