Monthly ArchivesMay 2015

French-American Chamber of Commerce PNW Names LBA Winner of the Wine & Gastronomy Award gallery

Last Friday evening, members of the French-American business community and francophiles in the Seattle area gathered for the first annual French-American Business Awards hosted by the French-American Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest (FACC PNW) at the illustrious Rainier Club in Seattle, WA. The evenings festivities included what the best French-powered parties always do–good wine, buzzing conversation, and a decadent five-course meal. New to this event was the addition of the FACC PNW’S French-American Business Awards (FABA), intended to showcase “the formidable successes of French and American businesses and individuals from throughout our region” (FACC PNW). Among five nominees in its category, LBA was announced as the winner for the evening’s first award, the Wine & Gastronomy Award, designed to recognize a company for the ...

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On The Road: LBA Owner Works the Booth at FSA Portland Food Show standard

Nearly forty years ago, Margie Robert, an LBA owner, was hitting the streets the old-fashioned way, delivering fresh-baked LBA croissants, pain au chocolat, and brioche to local Seattle hotels and restaurants on foot. While no longer making deliveries on foot, Margie was on hand (and on her feet) for a long day passing along pastry tips to customers at the Food Services of America Portland (FSA) annual spring food and product show at the Portland Metropolitan Exposition Center in Portland, OR on May 6th. Long-ago abandoning fresh-baked, in-person deliveries in favor of frozen dough distribution on distributor trucks, Margie, current Vice-President of Finance and Strategic Initiatives, has nonetheless retained a keen interest in the people behind the purchase orders. Speaking of her experience at the ...

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The 3 Best Flower-Powered Pastry Ideas for May Day image

Like Seattle and many other U.S. cities, May Day (La Fête du Travail) in France is a public holiday to campaign for and celebrate worker’s rights. It is also, however, known as Fête du Muguet which is an occasion to present Lillies of the Valley or Dog Rose flowers to loved ones. On May 1, 1561, King Charles IV of France received flowers as a gift and loved them so much he decided to present the ladies of his court with Lillies of the Valley on May 1st. Closer in tradition to the now-fading May Day Basket tradition in the U.S., May 1st in France, besides celebrating labor rights, also celebrates the rites of spring–with flowers. Today we’re celebrating the floral tradition of ...

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