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Celebrating Bastille Day in Las Vegas

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The lakeside view from Marche Bacchus in Summerlin.
Photo: Justin M. Bowen

Desert Shores restaurant and wine shop Marché Bacchus is celebrating Bastille Day with a lakeside performance by Vegas Extreme Skydiving accompanied by a team of Navy Seals. After witnessing the skydivers drop into Desert Shores' Lake Jacqueline, you can watch Marché Bacchus owner Jeff Wyatt saber some champagne bottles for a traditional toast accompanied by the release of red, white and blue balloons. Singer Nieve Malandra will perform during a special dining experience featuring an a la carte menu including beef bourguignon, sole alamandine, duck confit lyonnaisse salad and more. The special menu is available from 5 to 9:30 p.m. and the skydiving event is set for 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, at 2620 Regatta Drive (804-8008).

Comme Ça, the Cosmopolitan's French bistro by chef David Myers, will be celebrating the French Independence Day by serving quintessential dishes and handcrafted cocktails all day long. The menu is based on Myers' experiences with Bastille Day during his years working in France, including potted duck rillettes with hibiscus and grilled leg of lamb Provencal with piperade and lavender-thyme jus. Among the four cocktails created just for the holiday is the Honey Dawg, Bastille whisky with a brown sugar cube, Fee whiskey barrel-aged bitters and chocolate bitters. Comme Ça is open Sunday from noon until 11 p.m. (698-7910).

The Venetian's Bouchon Bakery offers face-painting for kids on Sunday and a cooking class for adults. The class begins at 12:30 p.m. and costs $120 per person (414-6203).

Of course, you can always take the ride up to the Strip's very own Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas, but the Eiffel Tower Restaurant won't be offering a special Bastille Day menu. But Sunday is as good a day as any to sample chef Jean Joho's tasting menu ($120 per person), which includes seared sea scallops with green garlic mousseline, warm duck foie gras with rhubarb compote, and line-caught wild halibut with double-smoked bacon. Andre's at the Monte Carlo, another popular Strip French restaurant, isn't offering Bastille Day specials either, though it did just unveil new spring and summer a la carte options on its menu. New dishes include chilled lobster timbale with avocado and lemon creme, Roquefort phyllo with pistachio vinaigrette, and spring chicken with Riesling chicken jus and spring vegetables.

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