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Bastille Day Party in Montclair

Gourmet feast by Michelin-rated chef Nicolas Houlbert & guest chefs!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Van Vleck House & Gardens


Celebrate France's fête nationale — commemorating the storming of the Bastille and the birth of the modern French nation — with an entertaining evening of delicious French cuisine, wine, music, and merriment at the scenic Van Vleck House & Gardens.

A Gourmet Feast

Michelin-rated chef Nicolas Houlbert (Boulud, Ze Kitchen Galerie, and Mavrommatis) and a team of top chefs, including chef charcutier Aurelien Dufour, executive pastry chef Jayce Baudry, and executive chef boulanger François Brunet will oversee a gourmet repas campagnard. The menu will feature a selection of amuse bouches; a buffet featuring paté, charcuterie, quiche, salads, artisanal breads, and cheese; as well as miniature versions of classic French cakes and tartes for dessert, and of course refreshing French wine.

Music & Dance

Singer-songwriter Violette and La Vie En Rose Band will entice you onto the dance floor with their renditions of French and American jazz standards.

Prize Drawing

Take home fabulous French-themed prizes! Each guest will receive one complimentary prize drawing ticket. Additional prize drawing tickets can be purchased on site.

Prize Winners Announced — See List

If your ticket number is listed below, please contact us at for info on how to collect your prize.

  • One French Course (30 hours), courtesy of FIAF Montclair (#203510)
  • Personal Training Gift Voucher, courtesy of C2 Fitness (#203598)
  • 500 Gift Certificate for Chiropractic or Physical Therapy, courtesy of Carlucci Chiropractic (#203422)
  • 5 Mané Rings (God Plated on Brass), courtesy of Emma & Cholé (#203429, 203555, 203668, 203683, 203703)
  • Magazine subscription, courtesy of France-Amérique (#203507)
  • Olive Oil Set, courtesy of Oliviers & Co (#203512)
  • French products, courtesy of Oui, Oui, Je Speak Franglais (#203697)
  • Master Bread Class with the Owner, courtesy of Le Petit Parisien Bakery and Café (#203572)
  • 2 Sets of “My Fabulous Storyteller”, courtesy of Lunii (#203450, 203507)
  • Nail polish set for kids, courtesy of Nailmatic (#203548)
  • Tea selection, courtesy of Palais des Thés (#203728)
  • Gift certificate, courtesy of Ramsey Acupunture (#203813)
  • Made-in France Breton Striped Shirt, courtesy of Saint-James (#203684)
  • Dinner for Two at Sofitel New York’s Gaby Brasserie Française, courtesy of Sofitel (#203798)
  • 3 Candles courtesy of Sel Magique (#203480, 203680, 203792)
  • 2 French Wine gift bags, courtesy of Sud de France (#203783, 203789)
  • 2 sets of Paris-themed books, courtesy of The Little Bookroom (#203753, 203822)
  • 1 Longchamp luggage, 2 Longchamp women bags, 1 Longchamp Wallet, 1 Paul Roderer champagne bottle, and 1 L'Occitane gift basket courtesy of Andrew Massood (#203805, 203637, 203531, 203807, 203520, 203602 respectively)
  • Hand-Made Jewlery, courtesy of Maya Usmiani (#203410)


FIAF Members $50
Non-Members $70


Van Vleck House & Gardens
21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair New Jersey 07042 [map]

Attendees must be 21 or older. All sales are final. No refunds, exchanges, or credit. If you purchase Member-price tickets, you will be asked to show your Membership ID at the event.


The Chefs

Nicolas Houlbert, an executive chef with more than 20 years of experience, earned a Michelin star for both Ze Kitchen Galerie and Mavrommatis restaurants in Paris. After three years as executive chef for Daniel Boulud in the US, he is currently the executive chef of Bluebird London, which will open in New York this fall inside The Shops at Columbus Circle.

For this special Bastille Day celebration, Houlbert will collaborate with top French chefs: Aurelien Dufour, an international award-winning chef charcutier in New York and a frequent collaborator of world-famous Paris charcutier Gilles Verot; Jayce Baudry, a top executive pastry chef who has worked in Paris alongside world pastry champion Christophe Michalak; and François Brunet, an executive chef boulanger who has worked with Joël Robuchon.

The Band

Raised in Ars-en-Re, a small village on an island off the French Atlantic Coast, and now making her home in Montclair, NJ, singer-songwriter Violette began her musical journey at an early age, taking up the piano at age five and later learning percussion while at conservatory. She was influenced by such French luminaries as Jacques Brel and Edith Piaf but quickly found her tastes and palette ranging much further with the sounds of Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, and Michael Jackson. Violette’s latest album, Falling Strong, showcases a collection of original songs that, although rooted in jazz, reflect the young artist’s eclectic range of musical influences from pop to rock and R&B. Learn more at


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