Bastille Day, the French national holiday, commemorates the storming of the Bastille, which took place on 14 July 1789 and marked the beginning of the French Revolution. The Bastille was a prison and a symbol of the absolute and arbitrary power of Louis the 16th's Ancient Regime. By capturing this symbol, the people signaled that the king's power was no longer absolute: power should be based on the Nation and be limited by a separation of powers. Check out the Bastille Day Deals below including a Baguette Relay Race. If you know of more deals, please add them to the comments.
To commemorate France’s National Holiday, PAUL – France’s leading bakery – invites the public to come have some fun and participate in a “Baguette Relay Race” which will take place in front of PAUL in Penn Quarter, where relay team members will take turns running a lap around the plaza of the US Navy Memorial with a fresh baguette in hand, in lieu of a traditional baton.
We'll divide up racers into teams of six people. Each team will be led by a PAUL employee. Each racer will do one lap around the circle of the US Navy Memorial and then hand off his/her baguette (baton) to the next teammate. All members of the winning team will get a $25 gift card to PAUL. We'll be encouraging relay racers to sign up in advance on our FB page: Facebook.com/Paul1889.usa
When: Thursday, July 14, 2001 at 11:30am
PAUL Bakery and Café in Penn Qtr. (at the US Navy Memorial)801 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC
BLT Steak Celebrates French Independence with 50% off French Wines by the Bottle and Glass and $5 French Desserts on July 14. Everything from fine Bordeaux to young Beaujolais, guests can tour several of France's best wine regions for half price. Executive Chef Victor Albisu of BLT Steak DC will also be serving up traditional French desserts throughout the week, from Monday, July 11 - Saturday, July 16. Desserts ($9) will include Opera Cake, a delicious almond sponge cake with a coffee and chocolate filling and icing, Paris Brest, a circular ring of choux pastry and a softly whipped praline cream, and St. Honore cake, an intricate dessert of puff pastry, pate au choux and Chiboust cream. All day during Bastille Day, the French desserts will be available for $5.