Good France – Goût de France dinner at the residence of France

For the third edition of Goût de France – Good France in Namibia, le Petit Paris Restaurant’s chef, Arvan Carelse, cooked a delightful four-course dinner for a number of prestigious guests and friends, hosted at the residence of France by H.E. Jacqueline Bassa-Mazzoni, Ambassador of France to Namibia.

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The evening began with an aperitif made of champagne and amuse-bouche, which the guests savored on the residence’s terrace. Namibian senior political officials such as National Assembly Speaker Dr. Peter Katjavivi, Attorney General Sacky Shangala, former Prime Minister Hon. Nahas Angula, former minister and distinguished Swapo member Hon. Ben Amathila, or even the Mayor of the City of Windhoek Muesee Kazapua joined the festivities. Several influential figures from the business and cultural world were also present, as well as journalists who came to document the event.

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From left to right : Sacky Shangala, Hon. Ben Amathila, Dr. Peter Katjavivi, Meriam Onesmus, Alexandre Peaudeau, Deputy Head of mission at the French Embassy, H.E. Jacqueline Bassa-Mazzoni, and Hon. Nahas Angula.
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From left to right : Dr. Peter Katjavivi, Hon. Ben Amathila, Sacky Shangala and his partner, S.E. Jacqueline Bassa-Mazzoni, Hon. Nahas Angula, Meriam Onesmus.

In her speech, H.E. Jacqueline Bassa-Mazzoni thanked the guests for their presence and for some of them, for their faithful attendance to this annual event. The Ambassador also presented the values embodied by Good France, which celebrates French gastronomy throughout the world. Once again this year, Namibia joined over 2000 restaurants on five continents to honor the merits of French cuisine, its capacity for innovation, and its values: sharing, enjoying, and respecting the principles of high-quality, environmentally responsible cuisine. Good France’s objective is indeed to highlight the way of life à la française and the “gastronomic meal of the French” that has been classified as intangible world heritage by the UNESCO. Participating restaurants were invited to design their “French-style” menu and remained free to highlight their own culinary traditions and cultures. The cuisine was based on fresh, seasonal and local products, without forgetting the indispensable French champagnes and wines.

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Chef Arvan Carelse proudly shows his main course, a peppered lamb loin.
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The guests chatting and enjoying the dinner in the residence’s living room.

At the end of the dinner, Dr. Peter Katjavivi and Hon. Ben Amathila, two major figures of Namibian Independence, took the floor in order to thank the Ambassador for organizing this delightful evening, but also to remind of the longstanding and solid cooperation between France and Namibia. Peter Katjavivi noted enthusiastically that this annual event allowed for the promotion of the French way of life and that he was always happy to participate in such an advocacy. Hon. Ben Amathila told a few historical anecdotes, in particular the support President Mitterrand offered Swapo in the 1980s to open offices in Paris, and the path for cooperation President Chirac broadened following Independence.

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published on 29/03/2017

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