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The Hotel Equatorial is hosting a French food and wine night to benefit a local children's charity

Ho Chi Minh City does contain a few choice locations for lovers of French food and wine. But, in a couple of weeks, the Hotel Equatorial Ho Chi Minh City will throw a get-to-know you gathering for the uninitiated from October 22 and 23.

"We created this event in order to introduce French culture to the local community with our local wines and dishes," said Michael Gapin, Food and Beverage manager at the hotel.

"Furthermore, we will also help young kids from the street in HCMC with the charitable organization Poussiere de Vie."

A number of traditional games will be played at the gathering (pétanque, lucky draw, etc...) and all proceeds will be donated to Poussiere de Vie (Dust of Life) - a local non-profit organization that organizes training and education programs for the city's indigent children (aged 4 to 16).

To get more information, customers can contact the following address:

242 Tran Binh Trong Street, District 5
Tel: (08) 3 839 7777, ext. 8041

Patrons will have the opportunity to sip high-end wine and imported luxury food items from seven regions in France: Rhone, Alsace, Loire, Sud de la France, Burgundy, Champagne and Bordeaux.

A number of local wine distributors have gotten involved in the event (e.g. Warehouse, Red Apron, Daloc, Bacchus Corner, Vins Descombes, Aua) which will provide local drinkers with the chance to de-mystify the intricacies of French wine.

In addition, customers will have the opportunity to sample delicacies carefully prepared by talented cooks and chefs such as Boeuf Bourguignon, Tartiflette, Coq au vin, crepes and cheese.

A French band, "Bigot Swing," has been invited to come to Vietnam to play French classics at the event.

Tickets are VND400,000 per person. Advance tickets will only cost VND350,000 per person. Tickets to the event may be cheaper if customers book in advance or in groups.

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