Art and Rugby, D' Artagnan 25th Anniversary Celebration in New York, More than Foie Gras

Visiting chefs natives of Gascony all listed in The Gascons Are Coming will be adding some of their dishes to the menu of a number of New York establishments.

Participating restaurants include:
Adour, Bar Boulud, Bar Tabac, BLT Fish, Craft, Corton, Daniel, David Burke Townhouse, Eleven Madison Park, Fishtail, Jean-Georges, Jules Bistro, Le Bernardin, Le Cercle Rouge, Le Singe Vert, Mercer Kitchen, Per Se...

You would be mistaken to think that D' Artagnan 25th Anniversary celebration is all about Foie Gras, Armagnac and Pâté.

On Saturday, February 20, you can meet Three Musketeers of Art, painter Michel Calvet, multi-media artist Nicole Peyrafitte and rugby man turned sculptor Jean-Pierre Rives.

Michel Calvet serves life in big helping on his canvas as in Le Combat ("the fight" below, from his site).

Nicole shares her cross-cultural take in shows like La Garbure Transcontinentale.

As for Jean-Pierre Rives sculptures, they turn metal into poetry.

There will be a ribbon cutting for these artists at DAG HAMMARSKÖLD Plaza, Sculpture Platform (near the UN) , 47th Street and Second Avenue, South East Corner, at 5PM Saturday.

Want to see what sport for real men is, D' Artagnan invites you to see Rugby in action in Central Park on Sunday, February 21, 2010 at 1PM.

Whatever the weather is, Gascon rugby players will match up against a New York team made up of some of our favorite chefs. Watch your hands, boys, some of these Gascons are retired professionals: Bonneval, Cadieu, Califano, A. Costes, Debros, Jordana, Labit, D. Lacroix, N'Tamack, Portolan, Jean-Pierre Rives, Soulette, Tabaco, Tournaire & Verger. Some American footballers will join in the fray.

If nothing else, I hope this helps those of you still making plans for the week-end in New York. Best of all, both events are Free.

Don't worry, you will not be drawn into a duel.

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