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Gavroche Duo is back on Thursday 1/15!

Awesome! Further to the success of last Thursday live music session, Gavroche Duo is back on Thursday 1/15!

Live music Gavroche Duo 2

@ La Tarte Flambée 153 East 33rd Street

7-9 pm on Thursday 1/15

Musicicans : Valentine Biollay, Nick Russo

Vocalist VALENTINE BIOLLAY is a unique performer whose repertoire includes such varied genres as straight-ahead jazz, French cabaret, klezmer, spirituals and classical music.  Her international career has brought her acclaim in France, Switzerland, Morroco, Canada, and especially in her current city of residence, New York City. Valentine performs with a variety of top-shelf musicians who comprise the French-jazz group, Gavroche Jazz Band.

GAVROCHE JAZZ BAND brings the streets of Paris of the early 20th century to New York City. Combining Valentine’s expressive voice with the band’s infectiously rhythmic and melodious playing, Gavroche Jazz Band adds its own twist to the stylings of Edith Piaf, Mistinguette, Damia, Charles Trenet, Yves Montand and many others. Valentine was the resident performer of Fete Paradiso, the Parisian festival of vintage carnival rides and carousels on Governors Island.  She can be heard regularly, performing in restaurants and venues around the New York City area.

French King Cake @ La Tarte Flambee!

La Galette des Rois est arrivée! Here comes the French King Cake!

To enjoy at the restaurant or to go!

– Slice, $4

– Whole cake, $19


Do you know the tradition of the King Cake?

The cake traditionally celebrating Epiphany in France sold in most bakeries during the month of January. In northern France, the cake called galette des rois consists of flaky puff pastry layers with a dense center of almond paste or apple.

Tradition holds that the cake is “to draw the kings” to the Epiphany. A figurine, la fève, is hidden in the cake and the person who finds the trinket in their slice becomes king for the day and will have to offer the next cake. Originally, la fève was literally a broad bean (fève), but it was replaced in 1870 by a variety of figurines out of porcelain or—more recently—plastic. At La Tarte Flambée, we use a caramelized almond.

.A paper crown is included with the cake to crown the “king” who finds the fève in their piece of cake. To ensure a random distribution of the cake shares, it is traditional for the youngest person to place themselves under the table and name the recipient of the share which is indicated by the person in charge of the service.