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Friday, November 22, 2013

Xiao Bao turns into a French bistro this Saturday night

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Posted by Stephanie Barna on Fri, Nov 22, 2013 at 12:28 PM

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Whether you care about the yearly release of Beaujolais Nouveau or not, a new celebration of the young French red wine  is cropping up in Charleston this weekend, and you need to be there.

Xiao Bao Biscuit will embrace the French influence on Vietnam by delving into classic French cuisine. And we're not talking banh mis.

Chef Josh Walker tells us he'll be putting together a menu of classic fare with tartines, chicory salad with sweetbreads and lardons, foie gras on housemade brioche with a local kiwi jam, rabbit cassoulet, red wine-braised lamb shank, pommes frittes and mussels, and vadouvan-spiced lentil soup.   

The menu will be served alacarte from 5:30 until 10 p.m. on Saturday night, with French jams setting the mood.  

They'll be uncorking (or unscrewing) bottles of the new Beaujolais, which Wine Spectator says "seems to have a little bit more grip and length to it than is typical for the wine, recommending it for food as well as for sipping." 


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