This year marks the 227th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille, and just because our Independence Day has come and gone doesn’t mean you can’t help another country celebrate theirs. Bring out your inner French spirit on Thursday, July 14 by cracking open bottles of Champagne, sipping wine and dining on traditional delicacies at these six spots throwing the ultimate French fêtes toasting to the occasion.
1. Bastille Day Dinner Collab at Fooq’s
Half-French Foulquier behind the Arts & Entertainment District’s Fooq’s is teaming up with Izzy’s Fish & Oyster’s Chef de Cuisine William Crandall to host a five-course Bastille Day pop-up dinner on Thursday over live music. The brasserie-style menu ($55) starts with crostini of Ratatouille and Florida white shrimp, followed by a warm asparagus salad with truffle dressing, seabass with smoked trout roe, braised hen, and a blood orange parfait for dessert.
When: Seatings at 7 and 9 p.m.
1035 N Miami Ave., Miami; 786-536-2749
2. French Riviera Soirée at Seaspice
Seaspice is throwing a French Riviera-themed fête with the help of French Tuesdays, drawing inspiration from the Monte-Carlo casino, red carpet on the Croisette in Cannes, and the roaring affairs held each summer in St. Tropez. Get ready for an evening of over-the-top performances and a menu of Provence-style cuisine ($45) whipped up by executive chef Angel Leon.
When: Starts at 6 p.m.; Purchase tickets here
422 NW North River Dr., Miami; 305-440-4200
3. Parisian Street Food at Brasserie Central
Brasserie Central is getting decked out in full French fashion on Thursday with everything from live Guinguette Parisienne, or tavern, music playing on the fountain-side courtyard to mime performances and wine tastings, where you can sample Côté Mas’ white, red and rosé wines, as well as the house Champagne, al fresco. To commemorate the occasion, chef Pascal Oudin will whip up a selection of Parisian street food fare, such as housemade lamb merguez sausage and crêpe au Nutella, served straight from the eatery’s courtyard window.
When: Noon to 6 p.m.
Shops at Merrick Park, 320 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables; 786-536-9386
4. Five-Course French Feast at Pascal’s On Ponce
Paris is known as a gastronomic capital and the French-focused Pascal’s On Ponce is showcasing some of the country’s best culinary creations with a five-course tasting menu of traditional Bastille Day dishes crafted by French-born Chef Oudin. Eat your way through a selection of faves spanning country duck terrine, pan-seared black grouper, braised beef short ribs Bourguignon, and nougat glacé topped with raspberry coulis.
When: 6 to 10:30 p.m.
2611 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables; 305-444-2024
5. Full-Day French Fête at La Côte
Fontainebleau’s South of France-inspired La Côte (pictured at top) is honoring the holiday with a free, full-day event devoted to all things French. DJ Jax will spin French house and pop music throughout the afternoon as cancan girls put on a Moulin Rouge-esque performance. Complimentary Champagne cocktails are first-come, first-serve and specialty libations will also take on a celebratory twist with French-inspired names like La Revolution and Marchons. You can also bring out your inner Matisse with La Côte’s weekly Painting with a Twist class on the upper deck overlooking the Atlantic from 5 to 7 p.m., nibbling on light bites and sipping rosé in true Riviera style ($50 per person).
When: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Fontainebleau Miami Beach, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-674-4710
6. Miami Swim Edition of Bastille Day at Bagatelle
Bagatelle Miami Beach is kicking off Miami Swim with a Bastille Day swimsuit celebration on Thursday, July 14, partnering with Celebrity Page TV, who will be filming an episode throughout the event. Check out pop-up shops and presentations of LA-based swimwear line Lee + Lani and fitness brand Fancy Pants while sipping on Moët Impérial, Bastille Day-themed libations from Belvedere, and mocktails crafted with LaCroix’s latest flavors, indulging in light bites and pastries baked by Bagatelle’s chef Matthieu Godard.
When: Invite only; 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
220 21st St., Miami Beach; 305-704-3900