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The Statler French-American Bistro to Host 2023 Passport to France Wine Series


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January 9th – The Statler French-American Bistro will host a Passport To France Wine Series in 2023. You are invited to explore the wine regions of France as you sip and taste wine and food pairings at The Statler. Each month three regional dishes, created by Executive Chef Sean Force will pair with three wines, selected by Sommelier Lisa Ribaudo, creating a culinary tour of food, wine and friendship. These meal and wine combinations will create unforgettable and elevated dining experiences keeping you coming back each month.        

Destination & Menu

*Wine pairings for each entrée will be determined closer to each event. Wines and menu items are subject to change.

January 18: Left Bank Bordeaux 

Bordeaux is one of the most famous wine-producing regions in the world, known for producing some of the rarest and finest wines. Left Bank Bordeaux

  • Huitres Au Four (Oven Roasted Oysters) paired with Chateau Greysac ‘Le Blanc de Greysac’
  • Torchon de Foie Gras (Chilled Foie Gras) paired with Legende ‘Medoc’ by Domaine Barons de Rothschild
  • Agneau Roti (Roast Lamb) paired with Chateau Odilon

February 22: Right Bank Bordeaux

Right Bank wines are predominantly Merlot based, with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and Petit Verdot used as blending components. Reds will take the center stage at this event.

  • Carpaccio de Boeuf (Beef Carpaccio) paired with Legende ‘Rouge’ by Domaine Barons de Rothschild
  • Croque Madame (Classic French Sandwich) paired with Legende ‘St. Emilion’ by Domaine Barons de Rothschild
  • Confit de Canard (Preserved Duck Leg) paired with Domaine de l’A

March 22: Burgundy – Cote de Beaune

Cote de Beaune is in the southern half of the Corte d’Or wine region. The top reds are frequently softer and sometimes lusher than those from the Cote de Nuits. Their wines are often laced with minerals, exotic spices, licorice, or truffles.

  • Pate de Fois de Canard (Chilled Duck Liver Pate)
  • Salade de Lyon (Country Salad of Lyon)
  • Boeuf Bourguignon (Braised Beef with Red Wine)

April 19: Burgundy – Cote de Nuits

Cote de Nuits is the northern section of the Cote d’Or wine region. It specializes in red wines made predominantly from Pinot Noir. These top reds often have a greater intensity and a firmer structure than those from Cote de Beaune.

  • Henri Maire Escargots (Wild Burgundian Land Snails)
  • Beef Dijonnaise
  • Coq Au Vin (Red Wine Braised Chicken)

May 24: Languedoc-Roussillon

The wines from here have culled from over 100 grape varieties and are varied as the jigsaw of its microclimates and terrains, which stretch along the Mediterranean between Provence and the Spanish border.

  • Pissaladiere (French Flat Bread Pizza)
  • Crevette de Bourride (Shrimp Stew)
  • Sole Anchoiade

June 21: Provence

With its rolling hills, lavender aromas, idyllic French setting, and quaint little chateaus, you’ll see that this is the spot for Rose as well as reds from Cabernet Sauvignon, Greache, Syrah, and Mourvedre.

  • Bouillabaisse (Seafood Stew from Marseille)
  • Poisson et Courge (Pan Roasted Halibut)
  • Confit de Canard (Preserved Duck Leg)

August 23: Loire Valley

The Loire Valley is one of France’s most picturesque regions, featuring gorgeous fairytale-like castles. It is referred to as the Garden of France due to the abundance of vineyards, fruit orchards, and artichoke and asparagus fields. This region produces mainly white wines such as Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc.

  • Huitres Crues (Oysters on the Half Shell)
  • Rillettes de Lapin (Confit of Rabbit)
  • Sole Francaise (Sole in the Style of France)

September 20: Northern Rhone Valley

The Rhone Valley sits in southeastern France. The gastronomic offerings from this region have been honed for hundreds of years with influences from Mediterranean flavors and even ingredients from Africa.

  • French Onion Tart
  • Lamb Balloon
  • Crispy Duck Confit

October 18: Southern Rhone Valley

Cotes du Rhone is southeast France’s warmer, richer, spicier answer to the dry austerity of Bordeaux. These seductive wines are France’s most alcoholic, with 14-15% with its most common being the Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

  • Tarte Au Fromage (Warm Cheese Tart)
  • Cassoulet (Duck and White Bean Stew)
  • Cotelettes D’ Agneau (Lamb Loin Chops)               


Wine & Food pairing events happen each month excluding July and November.*

All events begin at 7:00 P.M.

  • Wednesday, January 18, 2023 – Destination: Left Bank Bordeaux 
  • Wednesday, February 22, 2023   – Destination: Right Bank Bordeaux
  • Wednesday, March 22, 2023 – Destination: Burgundy – Cote de Beaune
  • Wednesday, April 19, 2023 – Destination: Burgundy – Cote de Nuits
  • Wednesday, May 24, 2023 – Destination: Languedoc-Roussillon
  • Wednesday, June 21, 2023 – Destination: Provence
  • Wednesday, August 23, 2023 – Loire Valley
  • Wednesday, September 20, 2023 – Northern Rhone Valley
  • Wednesday, October 18, 2023 – Southern Rhone Valley

*No passport events will be taking place in July or November as The Statler will be hosting specialized events to honor the French heritage.


Reserve your spot for $99 per person per event. Tax and gratuity are not included.  

Space is limited and must be reserved in advance. Wine and menu items are subject to change.

For more information and to reserve your space, visit https://statlerdetroit.com or call 313-463-7111.   


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About Joe Vicari Restaurant Group

The Joe Vicari Restaurant Group is family owned and operated. Headquartered in Warren, Michigan, they are home to Metro Detroit’s most award-winning restaurants and known as the largest independent restaurant group. They have brands from five-star dining to family friendly quick casual dining concepts and employ over 1,100. For over 30 years, Detroit restaurateur Joe Vicari has opened restaurants based on three basic principles: fresh authentic cuisine, impeccable service, and a warm inviting atmosphere, which are the values carried in their nine restaurant brands. The Joe Vicari Restaurant Group own and operate five Metro Detroit Andiamo locations, an Andiamo within Detroit Metro Airport, the Andiamo Celebrity Showroom (an 800-seat concert/event venue located within Andiamo Warren), two Joe Muer Seafood locations, The Country Inn with three locations in Michigan, 29/41 Mediterranean Street Food with six locations including their new duel concept with Andiamo Presto, Birmingham Pub, The Bronze Door and The Statler Bistro in Michigan and the Andiamo Italian Steakhouse in Las Vegas. In addition, the group will be opening their first Joe Muer location in Nashville, TN January 2023. The group also runs an Andiamo Food Truck and one of the largest Catering & Event Management Companies in Michigan bringing great food and hospitality to thousands of people at meetings, charity affairs and major sports events like the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. www.VicariRestaurants.com



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