This Saturday and Sunday the 1st and 2nd of June, Les Chats du Mercantour (the Cats of the Mercantour) will be holding a Summer Sale at Les Bacchanales Restaurant in Vence from 10 am to 8 pm. Throughout both days, there will also be a free wine-tasting with wine-maker Henri Milan, of Domaine Henri Milan, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence with bottles for sale with proceeds going towards our charity.
Those of you who were at our last sale in December can attest to the quality of the objects we had for sale. This is an opportunity for us to raise the much needed funds for our charity and to meet the nice people who support us who can't make the long trip to the mountains to visit.
There will be items like Biot Glass, perfumes, high quality decorative items, books, etc. Many of the items are donated new by various boutiques on the Riviera and will be sold for very good prices.
I hope you will get a chance to stop in and perhaps even stay for lunch or dinner (I know I'm planning to sample Christophe's wonderful Cuisine while I'm there!!). I'm really looking forward to tasting Henri Milan's organic wine as well.
If any of you can help us out by distributing or hanging up posters around your town or at your workplace, please contact me right away and I'll send them to you. Please pass this e-mail on to anyone who may be interested in coming!!
If any of you are available and would like to lend a hand, we are looking for volunteers to help on the days of the sale and also to set-up the days before the sale and to pack-up, afterwards.
Please go to the bottom of this e-mail if you would like to read a write-up about what we do by one of our volunteers for local magazines. Most of you getting this email already know but it's a nice write-up!
Hope to see you there!!
Leslie Frasier - president and founder
32 rue Droite, 06660 St Etienne de Tinée
06 18 94 35 76
At Les Bacchanales the menu changes every week.
An advocate of local farming and fishing, Michelin-star Chef Christophe Dufau
finds his inspiration in the freshest of seasonal products sourced within a 250 km radius of his restaurant,
a radius that encompasses Provence, Corsica and Piemonte.
A nature lover, knowledgeable about edible plants and flowers,
he brings to the table little known herbs and greens
that he comes across on his escapades to the nearby hills or seaside.
Lunch menu starting at 28€
Les Bacchanales de Christophe Dufau
247 avenue de Provence
Reservations: 04 93 24 19 19
Domaine Henri Milan, St Rémy de Provence
Fixe: +33(0)4 90 92 12 52
Text sent to local magazines and websites written by one of our volunteers:
We all know the romantic picture: taking a gentle stroll through a picturesque mountain village in France, followed by a nice lunch on a sunny town square underneath century old plane trees surrounded by age-old buildings with shuttered windows and flowers in the window boxes and .... stray cats. Lots and lots of stray cats, with their numerous kittens, the smell of urine, yowling during mating season, fighting, and inbreeding which leads to unhealthy unsightly cats that carry many feline diseases with them.
Until 1999 the only answer that the French government had for this problem was euthanasia. This however does not stop the cats that are left behind to proliferate at an alarming rate so the cats that get destroyed are just replaced with litters of new kittens. (as an example: one small mountain village had a colony of 40 cats where there were only 2 abandoned cats a mere two years ago).
In stepped Leslie Frasier, who is based in St Etienne de Tinée and has a background in veterinary medicine. In 2006 she started the association Les Chats du Mercantour http://www.leschatsdumercantour.com , which allows her to capture, sterilize and re-release or foster stray cats. A controlled number of sterilized, healthy cats are then re-released at the place of their capture, who will then defend their territory against new strays settling in.
Spaying and neutering automatically stabilizes the cat population that continues to play its role as filter against pests (rats, mice) and on the other hand, it curbs the problem of yowling and bad odors. Kittens that are captured are tamed and put up for adoption where possible, while adult cats that can’t be tamed are placed in a sanctuary that Leslie has created in the mountains. Read more about this ‘Lazy claw cabin’ on the website.
Since the start of the association in 2006, Leslie has captured over 1300 stray cats in 29 villages!
Although in some cases the association gets help from the local government to help fund part of their work, they depend heavily on donations, sponsors, foster and adoptive families and volunteers.
To give an idea of the costs involved: to capture, sterilize, tattoo, treat and release one cat costs on average 133 euros. On top of that, there is a lot of traveling (petrol costs) involved, some villages are 80 kilometers from the nearest vet! Feeding the cats that are now living in several colonies throughout the valleys is always an ongoing struggle. The majority of the funding comes from ordinary people who give tax deductible donations to the association.
In order to help Leslie and friends, volunteers of Les chats du Mercantour will be holding a charity sale on the 1st and 2nd of June at the michelin star restaurant Les Bacchanales in Vence. Numerous high quality items, such as unique pieces of Biot glass will be sold at this beautiful setting at very reasonable prices. Please visit the websites for more information and pictures of the stunning restaurant and surrounding gardens: www.lesbacchanales.com and www.leschatsdurmercantour.com
Leslie is always very keen to hear from anyone who can help by adopting or fostering kittens and adult cats. They will be sterilized, tattooed, tested and de-wormed. Please visit the website for more information on the work they do or if you think you can help in any way.
For the weekend of the sale particularly we are looking for volunteers who could help on any day between the 31st of May till the 3rd of June. It would involve setting up, helping during the actual sale, and clearing up after. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
32 rue Droite, 06660 St Etienne de Tinée
06 18 94 35 76