Beaucoup Chapeaux fans the flame of love with Valentine’s show |

Beaucoup Chapeaux fans the flame of love with Valentine’s show

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The Nevada City Classic Café will celebrate Valentine's Day in a charmingly romantic fashion next week with its signature French bistro night. It was on Valentine's Day four years ago that Classic owner Genevieve Crouzet decided to take her breakfast and lunch café and open it up for one evening every week.

On Friday nights, Crouzet wanted to transform the quaint cafe into a French Bistro, featuring tapas, wine and music. She had the menu and knew she wanted accordion music reminiscent of Paris from the 1920s to the 1950s. But one stumbling block — she couldn't find any musicians locally who had the sort of repertoire she desired.

Then one fall morning at the Nevada City Farmer's Market, she heard the lilting melody of a French musette being played on an accordion and, following the music, met accordionist Maggie McKaig.

The rest, as they say, is history. Friday evenings at the Classic Café with Maggie's Beaucoup Chapeaux quartet playing most of those nights, have added an eclectic European atmosphere to Nevada City. The Nevada City Classic Café and Beaucoup Chapeaux will partner again from 6 to 9 p.m. for Valentine's Day, Feb. 14. Along with the Classic's regular fare, there will be food specials.

And romance, but of course!

The Classic Café is located at 216 Broad St. in Nevada City. For information call 530-265-9440.

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