To be really into food, you have to be interested in different cultures -- unless you stick to meat and potatoes.
From classic French sauces to India curries to Italian pasta to sriracha on nearly everything, many of the foods and flavors we love most come from some flung destination.
Starting again this weekend, Pistache French Bistro is bringing back its annual Tour du Monde series of events. It's starting with big fete to celebrate.
On Saturday, May 31 from 5:30 p.m. to close, Pistache is launching with champagne specials, live music by a special guest DJ, and gift bags for all participating guests.
During the inaugural event of the season, Tour du Monde passports will also be distributed and guests will receive their first stamp of the Tour's season. Participants who collect seven or more stamps on their passport this year can enter to win a free trip to Paris.
"Although we will still offer some of our guests' favorite Tour stops, we have also changed up a few of the destinations," says Pistache owner Thierry Beaud. "For example, Munich and Southeast Asia are a few stops that we've added for the first time this year, and that allows us the opportunity to showcase our diversity and provide our guests with a completely new experience here at Pistache. We're also fortunate this year to be hosting our global culinary tour at same time as the whole world is watching the World Cup in Brazil- one of the greatest international sporting events, and it only comes around once every four years."
Individual events will bring guests to locations like Brazil, Munich, St. Tropez, and Southeast Asia.
"We really put a lot of time and effort into every stop along the Tour, and each year we've added new culinary and entertainment partners to help us create the most authentic and exciting cultural experience possible," says Beaud. "We really want our guests to feel as though they've been transported to our Tour destinations, so we'll keep evolving until we feel we've brought them as close to each country as possible without a passport."
The Tour du Monde series was started just a couple of years ago; however, the restaurant is now celebrating its sixth year in business. Given the changing economy, difficulties in the area, and nature of the restaurant business, it's quite a feat.
Beaud is thankful and proud of the restaurant's success.
"The restaurant business is notoriously one of the most challenging industries to break through in, and although we've faced our fair share of adversities, Pistache has truly had the support of this community from the moment we opened our doors, and I'd like to think that this is in large part due to the fact that we've never compromised on quality or strayed from who we are," he says. "Every night, we continue to receive loyal patrons and first-time guests, young and old and from all walks of life, who come to enjoy the same sophisticated-yet-casual experience we've offered since day one, and we're just so honored that people continue to enjoy what we bring to the table for downtown West Palm Beach."
Pistache is located at 101 N. Clematis St. in West Palm Beach. Call 561-833-5090, or visit pistachewpb.com.
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