Trinis in 'Paris'
On July 14, AS Bryden and The Naughty Grape hosted "Take Me To Paris!," an all-inclusive French-themed event held at the Naughty Grape Car Park on Tragarete Road. That first step into the venue transported patrons from a street in Port of Spain to a sophisticated night in Paris, France, as French wines, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and even French music flowed in abundance. All this, amidst Parisian-themed decor embodying ambience and romance-signature of the famous city.
The Naughty Grape Car Park became "La Ville-Lumière" — the "City of Light", with the crowd enjoying intimate moments seated below French-inspired lighting. No detail was omitted from the decor as typically Parisian greenery, fixtures, art and paintings were scattered throughout the venue, to attendees' delight.
Trinidadians who may never travel to the historic city, were given the opportunity to indulge in copious amounts of croissants, a variety of cheese, other hors d'oeuvres, and highly refined desserts, including mocha mousse. Patrons sampled endless options of French wines, including Albert Bichot Chablis — a distinct white wine, Pierre & Remy Cote du Rhone, Barton & Guestier Beaujolais Villages, Baron Philippe Mouton Cadet Rouge — supple reds, each with its own unique aroma, body and flavour, and Barton & Guestier Rose d'Anjou — the crowd favourite.
Cocktails were also popular and included Hennessy Apple and Hennessy Paris, St Germain Mademoiselle and St Germain Cocktail, Passion by Perrier, Fruit and Chilean Perrier, Grand Marnier - The Good Life and Grand Marnier on the rocks. The crowd thoroughly enjoyed the experience, with many promising trips to the renowned city within the year.
The Brydens and Naughty Grape event was held in commemoration of the French National Holiday, Bastille Day, celebrated annually on July 14. It aimed at showcasing French food and culture, but most importantly, the beauty of French wines and liqueurs. In many instances, French liqueurs form the base of numerous popular cocktails, unbeknownst to consumers.