French Af­faire proves pop­u­lar

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

FRENCH berets, stun­ning cock­tail dresses, bright red lip­stick, strik­ing suits and even a few fake mous­taches were all part of the ex­cite­ment at Deja Vu Restau­rant’s A French Af­faire on Satur­day night.

The fifth an­nual event was held as a Bastille Day cel­e­bra­tion that brings a lit­tle bit of France to Air­lie Beach by show­cas­ing an ex­quis­ite range of French cui­sine, fash­ion, mu­sic and art.

A French Af­faire is the brain­child of Deja Vu own­ers Sarah and Pa­trice Du­verger, which was started to help Mr Du­verger cel­e­brate his coun­try’s national day and re­cre­ate the tra­di­tional foods he was in­spired by as an ap­pren­tice chef.

The mouth-wa­ter­ing smells flow­ing from the kitchen were trans­formed into beau­ti­ful French-in­spired canapés in­clud­ing foie gras, cheeses, dips, breads, crepes and tra­di­tional ragouts to the de­light of guests.

Lo­cal mu­si­cian John Gar­land humbly per- formed a range of French classics in­fused with his char­ac­ter­is­tic jazz-pi­ano cabaret style on the restau­rant’s pool deck.

To help cre­ate that ex­tra spe­cial Parisian feel, lo­cal artist Suzi Han­cock had some of her el­e­gant char­coal draw­ings on dis­play along­side fel­low artist Dot Smith who sup­plied some ex­quis­ite nude sculp­tures for guests to ad­mire.

Owner of Black­bird Bou­tique Brid­gette Mid­dle­ton also teamed up with Amaz­ing Place jewellery to cre­ate a 20-minute French-in­spired fash­ion show on the night.

“The event had such a great at­mos­phere and ev­ery­one loved that we had dif­fer­ent sized mod­els show­cas­ing all of the lat­est sum­mer styles,” Ms Mid­dle­ton said.

The best dressed prize for the Mont­martre-themed night went to Deb­bie Legge, who won a $300 voucher for Aus­tralian cloth­ing label Wyse, which is stocked by Black­bird Bou­tique. The new Black­bird Bou­tique store lo­cated on the main street of Air­lie Beach of­fi­cially opens to­day.

PARISIAN EX­PE­RI­ENCE: It was a cel­e­bra­tion of Bastille Day for sculp­tor Dot Smith, own­ers of Deja Vu Restau­rant Sarah and Pa­trice Du­verger and Danielle Krista who won the sec­ond best cos­tume prize at the restau­rant’s A French Af­faire event on Satur­day night.

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