This Thursday, look forward to a special tasting soiree hosted by the French-American Chamber of Commerce. An in-person tasting event, located at Carmo in the Warehouse District, is yours to visit on December 17. Experts and enthusiasts alike in the field of French alcoholic beverages will be present to discuss, teach, and learn about various French libations. The event will run from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. With only an hour-long duration, it is important that you show up right on time, or even a few minutes early, to make the most of this experience. Registration is online only, and $30 per ticket. You can register for the event by visiting their website at facc-gc.com. Spots are limited to just 25 people maximum, to keep in line with social-distancing regulations.
A special guest speaker, Mr. Jean Francois-Bonneté, president and CEO of BCI, a wine-and-spirit marketing company, will be presenting the Trois Rivières Rhum Agricoles AOC de la Martinique. Also, Dana Honn, the presiding owner of Carmo, will be presenting cachaça, which is a very popular drink of Brazilian provenance. Both of these highly esteemed beverages are made from fermented sugarcane juice, but be careful not to confuse the two, simply because of their likeness in origin. Despite the similarity in brewing, any alcohol connoisseur can tell you that rhum agricole and cachaça, though alike in certain regards, have distinctly different intensities in flavor.
Thankfully, taste-testing sessions and events like these are no longer restricted to virtual gatherings. Having a livestreamed, from-home event based on tasting victuals or drinks that are present only via a screen just isn't as much fun.
Again, this event is limited in occupancy for safety reasons that will allow more such gatherings to be in-person in the future. Registering with facc-gc.com is simple and, if you plan on attending, should be done promptly, as the event begins this Thursday, December 17. Masks are a must, of course, and always remember to be distanced and safe while you enjoy yourself at any gathering that involves transmission-heavy activities such as imbibing and discussion.
Carmo: 527 Julia St., (504) 875-4132, cafecarmo.com