Monday, September 8, 2008

Table For Twelve at Bar Avignon: The “Jen, Michelle & Brigitte Bardot the Poodle Don't Get Fat" Edition

It's Michelle's birthday and she'll cry if she wants to... and she WILL if you don't come with us to Bar Avignon.

Autumn is in the air, which has caused a slight stir here at TableTalkPortland. Mildly concerned about the effect of the impending rainy season on our waistlines, Michelle and I reread "French Women Don't Get Fat" last week, which is a nice book for people who don't like conventional diets, you know, the kind that tell you to go to the gym and stop eating 10 pounds of chocolate a day. What?! Sacré Bleu! While we both enjoyed the book, we've had different responses. I spent an afternoon pretending to be French, which means I tied a Chanel scarf (faux) around my neck, and sat in a park drinking Cremant d'Alsace and eating marionberry macaroons whilst keeping a sharp eye out for any super hot monsieurs to practice my, um, French on.

Michelle on the other hand, decided she was French, and has been driving everyone at TableTalkPortland headquarters insane--sashaying around the office dressed in vintage Christian Dior gowns, smoking Gauloises and blowing croissant-shaped smoke rings, "reading" the French edition of Vogue, playing Edith Piaf's incessant warbling nonstop on the Victrola, addressing everyone in supercilious pidgin French (if she calls me mon chou, "my cabbage," one more time I'm going to lose it), and of course, she's adopted an alabaster poofball of a poodle named Brigitte Bardot. Thank goodness An American in Paris jammed in the DVD player or there might have been a mutiny.

We've tried to no avail to remind Michelle that she lives in Portland, not France, but once Michelle has an idea in her head, she does not do it half-derriere. And since it was Michelle's birthday this past Friday, we are going to humor her by taking her and Brigitte Bardot the Poodle to Bar Avignon, one of the newest and most exciting additions to the local bar scene. Bar Avignon occupies a cozy, classy space on SE Division & SE 22nd (across from Nuestra Cocina), and features a nicely rounded wine and cocktail list as well as some very tasty small plates. We hope you will join us, mon chous, for Table For Twelve at Bar Avignon: The "Jen, Michelle & Brigitte Bardot the Poodle Don't Get Fat" Edition!

Details, Details
When: Wednesday, Sept. 10, 7 pm
Where: Bar Avignon, 2138 SE Division
Why: Because Michelle won't quit being French, and it was her birthday Friday and she's really old now so we're humoring her
What: Table For Twelve is Jen & Michelle's earnest attempt to cultivate convivial consumption among Portland food lovers and food curious alike. What does that mean? Beats us! But if you can't beat them, join them, we always say! So join us at Table For Twelve, it's the coolest supper club around! To find out more about Table For Twelve click HERE.
RSVP: Via email to

See you at the table,

Jen & Michelle

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