In France, celebrations of Bastille Day mark the July 14, 1789 storming of the Bastille prison, liberating prisoners and kicking off the French Revolution. In New Orleans, the anniversary often is celebrated with French food and parties. Here are some of the dinners and events marking Bastille Day.
• Fete du France. Martin Wine Cellar holds events at its New Orleans and Metairie locations. French wine, cheeses, pate and hors d'oeuvres are featured at a celebration from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Uptown location (3827 Baronne St., 504-899-7411; www.martinwinecellar.com). There's a Champagne and Cajun caviar tasting from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday in Metairie (714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, 504-896-7300). The event features tastings of a dozen French Champagnes and sparkling wines and a few white wines. The menu also includes Louisiana caviar, deviled eggs, smoked salmon, crab salad ravigote, French cheeses, bread and more. Both events cost $30.
• French Fete. Grill Room Chef de cuisine Gabriel Charpentier trained under chef Benoit Vidal at his two Michelin star restaurant in France. Charpentier presents a six-course dinner with French wine pairings Friday at the Grill Room at the Windsor Court (300 Gravier St., 504-522-1992; www.grillroomneworleans.com). The menu features escargot with watercress soup, Herbsaint, creme fraiche and squid ink coral; frog legs with brown butter, garlic and parsley; an onion soup-inspired dish of caramelized onion, roasted garlic, brulee Comte fondue and toasted baguette; mustard-crusted salmon with haricots verts, pomme puree and Creole mustard beurre blanc; steak au poivre with braised fennel and truffle puree; and gateau Concorde with raspberry sorbet. A Champagne reception is at 6:30 p.m. The meal costs $95 plus tax and tip.
• Bastille Day Fete. The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) hosts a Bastille Day Fete from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. The annual event is sponsored by the Alliance Francaise of New Orleans, Consulate General of France in Louisiana, the French-American Chamber of Commerce's Gulf Coast chapter, NOMA and the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation. There's live music and a cooking demonstration at Cafe NOMA (1 Collins C. Diboll Circle, 504-482-1264; www.cafenoma.com). Admission is $5 for adults. Free for children and NOMA members.
• Faubourg St. John Bastille Day. Neighborhood businesses including 1000 Figs, Cafe Degas, Fair Grinds Coffeehouse, Pal's Lounge and Swirl Wine Bar & Market host a block party from 4:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Saturday at 3100 Ponce de Leon St. There's food and drink from neighborhood restaurants, Marie Antoinette and Napoleon costume contests, music by High Plains Drifters, Harmanouche and Ukelele Jake, face painting, kids activities and more. Cynthia Scott performs "La Marseillaise" at 5:30 p.m.