Wine, Chefs and Song Light Up Night

Parisian chanteuse entertains while French chefs cook and Beaujolais Nouveau celebrated

Beaujolais Nouveau bash features French chefs and chanteuse from Paris

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O de Mon Cheri Photo by Shannon O'Hara
News, Beaujolais  N ouveau Festival, Nov. 2015, FACC president Geoffroy Petit and Roseline Chapel
Geoffroy Petit, Roseline Chapel. Photo by Shannon O'Hara
News, Beaujolais Nouveau Festival, Nov. 2015, Alan Helfman, Jonathan Fox, Jacques Fox
Alan Helfman, Jonathan Fox, Jacques Fox. Photo by Shannon O'Hara
News, Beaujolais Nouveau Festival, Nov. 2015, Alberto Colomer and Andrea Hamo
Alberto Colomer, Andrea Hamo. Photo by Shannon O'Hara
News, Beaujolais Nouveau Festival, Nov. 2015, Angelica Toupard and Kate Wassenberg
Angelica Toupard, Kate Wassenberg. Photo by Shannon O'Hara
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Beatrice Allen, Ford Allen. Photo by Shannon O'Hara
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Dayna Skolkin, Kelli Scandrol, Josh Tillis. Photo by Shannon O'Hara
 News, Beaujolais Nouveau Festival, Nov. 2015, Dounia Metouri, Hamid Parvizian
Dounia Metouri, Hamid Parvizian. Photo by Shannon O'Hara
News, Beaujolais Nouveau Festival, Nov. 2015, Melissa Oliveira, John Tran, Florence Derazey
Melissa Oliveira, John Tran, Florence Derazey. Photo by Shannon O'Hara
News, Beaujolais Nouveau Festival, Nov. 2015, Adria and Bryan Montemarano
Adria Montemarano, Bryan Montemarano. Photos by Shannon O'Hara
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Debbie Elliot-Griffith, Lanny Griffith. Photo by Shannon O'Hara
News, Beaujolais Nouveau Festival, Nov. 2015, Oksana Zagorodna, Oksana Stevenson
Oksana Zagorodna, Oksana Stevenson. Photo by Shannon O'Hara
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News, Beaujolais  N ouveau Festival, Nov. 2015, FACC president Geoffroy Petit and Roseline Chapel
News, Beaujolais Nouveau Festival, Nov. 2015, Alan Helfman, Jonathan Fox, Jacques Fox
News, Beaujolais Nouveau Festival, Nov. 2015, Alberto Colomer and Andrea Hamo
News, Beaujolais Nouveau Festival, Nov. 2015, Angelica Toupard and Kate Wassenberg
News, Beaujolais Nouveau Festival, Nov. 2015, Beatrice and Ford Allen
News, Beaujolais Nouveau Festival, Nov. 2015, Dayna Skolkin, Kelli Scandrol, Josh Tillis.
 News, Beaujolais Nouveau Festival, Nov. 2015, Dounia Metouri, Hamid Parvizian
News, Beaujolais Nouveau Festival, Nov. 2015, Melissa Oliveira, John Tran, Florence Derazey
News, Beaujolais Nouveau Festival, Nov. 2015, Adria and Bryan Montemarano
News, Beaujolais Nou eau Festival, Nov. 2015,Lanny Griffith and Debbi Elliott-Griffith
News, Beaujolais Nouveau Festival, Nov. 2015, Oksana Zagorodna, Oksana Stevenson

More than a few gents at Silver Street Studios swooned over French chanteuse O de mon Chéri as they swirled samplings of the 2015 Beaujolais Nouveau during the Beaujolais & Cabaret evening introducing the young wine on the occasion of its worldwide release.

Action at the 32rd annual Beaujolais Nouveau tasting was kicked up a notch in H-Town when the typically sedate event was amplified not only via the singer but also with the collection of chefs putting their best bites forward. (In France, there are some 120 Beaujolais Nouveau related festivals complete with tastings, fireworks, music and dancing.)

The $95 admission and $175 VIP tickets, proceeds benefiting the French-American Chamber of Commerce Houston, assured that this would be a sophisticated crowd. And, oh, you should have heard the lyrical sounds of fluent French spoken at every turn.

More than 400 well-dressed participants arrived to taste the various Beaujolais Nouveau offerings and to sample delicious small plates from restaurants including Brennan's, Artisans, Le Table, Etoile and Le Mistral.

The festive throng included FACC president Geoffroy Petit and wife Joelle, master sommelier Virginia Philip, French Consul General Sujiro Seam, Jacques Fox, Danny Trace, Luc Boyer, Veronic and Olivier Biebuyck, Renee and Alan Helfman and Roseline and Jean-Luc Chapel.