Celebrating a quarter century of French cuisine 

Fabulous & French

Broad Street's portal to creative international cuisine, Gaulart & Maliclet, aka Fast & French, celebrated its 25th anniversary Sunday avec beaucoup d'amis au City Gallery at Waterfront Park. The food that has unquestionably satisfied customers for over two decades was, of course, the focal point of the party. Attendees satiated their palates with fresh baguettes topped with Brie and a variety of other cheeses, gazpacho, a cold celery soup, salmon mousse, spicy salami, and chocolate fondue. There was nothing better to wash down the gourmet assortment than traditional French wine, and there was plenty to go around. Guests were entertained with stories of travels abroad from Frank Martin and live music from Gary Erwin (Shrimp City Slim) and friends inside the gallery. One entire room was dedicated to a timeline of the restaurant, which served as a visual reminder of Gwylene Gallimard and Jean-Marie Mauclet's 25 years of service to Charlestonians and tourists alike. Pictures, newspaper clippings, menus, and other mementoes hung by clothes pins on lines strung across the room, a brilliant reminder of the restaurateurs' grand accomplishments. Many guests also made their way outside to the back steps of the gallery to enjoy the beautiful view of Waterfront Park. The steady crowd throughout the day was certainly an homage to the loyalty felt toward Fast & French, and patrons can only hope it foreshadows un autre 25 ans pour le petit café.

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