I don’t know if it was Mother Nature smiling down on us or the gathering of light, warm souls (perhaps both), but a day that started out gloomy and wet, gave way to a warm, shining sun once the Maison Soirée got started!
What. An. Evening. There was no way to predict the outpouring of love that occurred in Paris on April 25th, but if I tell you the love was flowing, the love was flowing!
The event started out with the perfect backdrop: CORETTA, a bright, modern French restaurant in the 17th arrondissement, adjacent to Parc Martin Luther King, in the Clichy-Batignolles neighborhood. Being the 50th anniversary year of the March on Selma, Coretta was an especially significant location for MCNA to host it’s first Paris event, welcoming guests in the same spirit of community that Dr. King modeled so well.
Add to that the fabulous FARRIS SMITH on contrabass and vocals, expertly crafted cocktails and a lovely assortment of cheeses, fruit and charcuterie (French for ‘cold cuts’ but way better and tastier than the American equivalent, naturellement) prepared by Coretta’s staff and you’ve got yourself pretty magical evening.
Our guests were definitely of the “Who’s Who of Paris” with ADRIAN LEEDS of HGTV’s House Hunters International. LISA ANSELMO of My Part time Parisian Life, Paris based writer/producer/designer ELPIDIO SITTI of So Cracked Labs, Paris based jazz/soul performer BEYA, “Insider’s Guide to Black Paris” author MELINDA HERRON, SYLVIE CARIEN-SMITH of Paris by Sylvie and RICKI STEVENSON of Black Paris Tours.
It was indeed an enchanting evening, a wonderful start of great things to come.
A grand MERCI BEAUCOUP to everyone who came out to make this a spectacular event! We will see you again soon, so keep your eyes peeled for the next Paris event! For photos of the event, check our Facebook page entry below!