When spring arrives and a young girl’s heart turns to romance, it is times like these, in which a safe, friendly and warm place like the Cornerstone Tasting House shows its true colors. That certain “je ne sais quoi.”
Wait… what? I don’t know French.
Well theRevolution doesn’t either, but on every 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at the Cornerstone, for the last 12 years, a group called the French Alliance, or Alliance Francaise d’Indianapolis, gathers together to celebrate French language and culture over a very informal dinner-and-drinks. It is non-political, so no Yellow-vests are present during our visit.
The group is as diverse as it is smiling. Everybody was enjoying speaking French, drinking red wine, and eating “French fries.” We were all having a great time just Frenching with each other.
Wait… what? That might have come out wrong.
Well, that’s what the group is for. A place to practice your French-English translations and watch Purdue kill-it against Tennessee during OT! That’s the Cornerstone; a diverse place, with all ages of family members enjoying a rich neighborhood culture.
As so often happens, a group of college students from the local campus’ French club came by this evening to sharpen-up their French with the group. A practice held by many of the schools in the city. And, if you happen to want to step-up your game, there is a more hard-core group which rotates between restaurants in the city. But I was warned by longtime attendee, Jean-luc, you had better bring your “A” game to this Meet-up. “With this group it’s all French all the time,” he explained. Whereas at the Cornerstone Meet-up, English is welcome and even someone with the most novice of understanding of French culture is more than accepted.
The Alliance is there every 2nd and 4th Thursdays, whether it’s two or twenty people. The table is set and ready.
La vérité vaut bien qu’on passe quelques années sans la trouver.
Truth is more valuable if it takes you a few years to find it.
– Jules Renard.
Come raise a glass with them whenever you like. They love the company and will greet you with that certain “je ne sais quoi.”
Cornerstone has always supported cultural groups such as this and welcomes any group wanting to come hang their hat here for a little while.