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Bastille Day festivities welcome new chef at Paris 66 Bistro

| Sunday, July 21, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
John Altdorfer
Patricia Hermenault, Robbie Bernard, Marie Francoise and Dominique Poncet show their true colors during the Viva la France! Bastille Day Celebration at Paris 66 in East Liberty.
John Altdorfer
Lorraine Malcolm and Sam Kiss celebrate during the Viva la France! Bastille Day Celebration at Paris 66 in East Liberty.

Paris 66 Bistro saw to it that no Francophile was left wanting during its Bastille Day celebration July 14 thanks to an all-day event that marked the debut of its new French chef, Franck Lacaille.

Waving away the concept of making guests wait until evening to raise a glass, festivities at the East Liberty hot spot began bright and early with a brunch that launched at 10 a.m. “Paris in the 1920s” served as the theme, with the space set up to mimic an authentic tavern — or guinguette.

Throughout the day, the Ortner-Roberts Duo and the Pittsburgh Boilermakers underscored the festivities, which drew the likes of owners Fred and Lori Rongier, French Consul to Pittsburgh Jean-Dominique Le Garrec, Lorraine Malcolm and Sam Kiss, Patricia Hermenault, Robbie Bernard, Marie Francoise and Dominique Poncet.

Kate Benz is the social columnist for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at or 412-380-8515.

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