Happy Bastille Day!

Oui, the 289th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille is aujourd hui.

NOT that it means a lot to most Americans, but it's nice for any holiday to fall on Hump Day, so we might as well celebrate, n'est pas?

The obvious destination is The Paris Bistro which is Salt Lake's French-est restaurant and promised to become even more Gallic now that Eric and Eman have an Italian outlet at Sea Salt. Have a glass of Champagne, a roast chicken, a steak-frites...

Chez Betty in Park City has a French flair-this week's tasting menu is more Mediterranean, but there's a bit of North African-French, with couscous and all.

Lori Walls, F&B over at the Alta Club, is serving a special menu in honor of the day. It's only open to members, naturellement, but the menu might give you some ideas for your own shindig a la francaise.

Bastille Day 2010 Fresh Summer Vegetables with Vinaigrette

Moules Provencal

French Country Pate

Duck Rillette

Escargots Bourguignonnne

Blue, White & Red Macaroons

Bastille Day Butter Cupcakes -with Red & Blue Berries

Or, mix yourself a French 75*:

2 oz. dry gin 1 tsp. superfine sugar 1/2 oz. lemon juice 5 oz. brut champagne

Shake well with cracked ice, strain into a Collins glass half-full with cracked ice, top off with more champagne. Then don a beret and listen to this. No, not Rush. This.

*Supposedly, it was originally concocted by Franco-American World War I flying ace Raoul Lufbery who was part of the Escadrille Americane air fighting unit.

The combination was said to have such a kick that it felt like being shelled with the French 75-millimeter M1897, a mainstay of the French field artillery during WWI.