Staged at the southeast corner of Cedar Street and San Pablo Avenue in Berkeley, the event draws hundreds of food and wine fans who are avid followers of the three businesses that are established at this corner.
One of these is Cafe Fanny, a small French cafe that was established by Alice Waters, the founder of Chez Panisse, one of the most famous French restaurants in the world. Cafe Fanny is named after Alice's daughter, but it is also the name of the heroine of the great French writer Marcel Pagnol's 1930's movie about Marseilles.
Another store next to Cafe Fanny is Acme Bread, which is known nationally for its wonderful artisan breads.
On the other side of Cafe Fanny is Kermit Lynch, wine merchant, one of the most famous distributors of French wines in the United States.
Jim and Elizabeth Hilgendorf, The Matchmakers, attended the Oyster Bliss Celebration, and Jim filmed the video you see here.
These businesses definitely have a strong French influence and flavor.
Jim and Elizabeth have been to France together many times, and they have wonderful French friends, and they love France. Jim is also a filmmaker, and one of his films is about Bordeaux and the beautiful Dordogne Valley in southwest France. Jim and Elizabeth have developed contacts with real estate agents in several areas of France, especially Bordeaux and the Dordogne, Paris, Aix-en-Provence, Provence and the Cote d'Azur, and are able to help clients navigate the difficulties of searching for and buying a home in France, a process that is very different than in the United States.
Both Jim and Elizabeth love the excitement and beauty of the San Francisco Bay Area, and are ready to help clients list or find their dream home. You can see videos of different areas and events, like the Oyster Bliss Celebration, on their website at:
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The Matchmakers is a Real Estate Company specializing in the greater San Francisco Bay Area and France. The website is http://www.thematchmakers.org.