Galette des Rois of the French Embassy...
Galette des Rois of the French Embassy
Address by the Ambassador
Residence of France, January 14, 2015
After the success of our “Galette des Rois” in 2014, the first one in Vientiane, I am happy to repeat the operation this year and combine it with the traditional New Year Greetings ceremony of the Embassy.
Everyone will understand why, we are heavy-hearted after what happened in France last week, but we find comfort in the numerous expressions of solidarity we received. New Year’s time is also the time for resolutions, so stay true to our best French traditions : let’s keep on eating, drinking and other enjoyable activities !
In Vientiane we are lucky enough to have some outstanding pastry cooks who provided many galettes once again this year. I remind you what is in the cake : a small figurine that you should not eat or swallow, but proudly show : it entitles you to a King’s or Queen’s crown.
This year, we will have a taste of galettes made by Philippe Boucley (Bistrot 22), Pierre Viala (Parad’Ice), Tinay Inthavong (L’adresse de Tinay), Jean-Marie Stainmesse (Ansara Hotel, La Signature), Cédric Marchand (Café Vanille), Owen Marlaud and Jérémy Herzog (Landmark Mekong Riverside Hotel), Nicolas Carret (Patuxay Café). Last but not least, the French Residence’s “brigade”, a peaceful brigade but always mobilized to support the “goût de France” (taste of France). I also thank Mrs Carujo for her collaboration.
Goût de France/Good France will be the major gastronomic event in 2015 in Vientiane and elsewhere. Save the date : on March 19, many French chefs and the Residence will offer a special French dinner to enjoy the taste of France - The Good France ! Spread the word, and book your evening.
Tasting France, it is also studying in France. These days, the Virtual Education Fair dedicated to the promotion of French higher studies takes place in nine regions or countries in Asia, including Laos.
This is the largest virtual fair on French education ever held abroad. 67 French universities and schools will present their programs. In Laos, the Dong Dok campus of the National University of Laos is hosting this event and I welcome the NUoL representatives among us.
Happy New Year, good health and good galette !