October 2010 Bonjour Minnesota Archives

It’s Pledge Night! Tonight’s program starts with old favorites with the theme money and the telephone. Old favorites and newer works follow from France and French-speaking countries.

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Artist Barbara Redmond speaks tonight (Oct. 12, 2010) of her paintings of Paris. Her pen and ink paintings with watercolor offer beautiful views of Paris monuments. Her website, (www.awomansparis) and blog are bubbling with creativity on a variety of subjects: French cooking and culinary schools, operatic heroines of French opera, and more. Check out this talented local artist. From 9:00-10:00, you will hear a variety of French music, both old and new.

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Chef Pierre Rabbia of the Cordon Bleu culinary school and restaurant speaks to us tonight. The origina Cordon Bleu began in Paris and has branches all over the world, including the school located in Mendota Heights. Pierre tells us of the over 700 students here who diligently work to attain their diploma as chefs, managers, purchasers-in all, to learn the skills to run a first-class restaurant.

The school’s restaurant is open to the public for lunch and dinner by calling 651-905-3515.

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A recent arrival, Abdelkader Hamouchi, speaks of his life in Morocco. A Berber by birth, he speaks of this separate ethnic group’s language and culture. The Berbers, or the Amidir (Free Men), as they call themselves, were in Morocco centuries before the Arabic-speaking colonizers arrived.

He is now in the USA looking for work and observing life here.

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