SPAC In Conversation: Sylvie Bigar

Formerly Known As Lecture Luncheon

WednesdayOctober 1910:00 AM



The SPAC Action Council presents 

what was formerly known as The Lecture Luncheon 

SPAC in Conversation: Sylvie Bigar 


Wednesday, October 19, 2022 

9:30 a.m. Doors Open, Spa Little Theatre  

10:00 a.m. Conversation with Sylvie Bigar, Spa Little Theatre  

11:30 a.m. Boutique Shopping, Hall of Springs  

12:30 p.m. Luncheon, Hall of Springs  

1:15 p.m. Book Signing, Hall of Springs Lobby

Please join us for a conversation with Sylvie Bigar, acclaimed travel and food writer, and author of “Cassoulet Confessions: Food, France, Family and the Stew That Saved My Soul,” followed by lunch and shopping in our French Market Place.

Award-winning food and travel writer Sylvie Bigar was born in Geneva, Switzerland, and lives in New York City. Her writing has appeared widely, including in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Food & Wine,, Saveur, Bon Appetit, Edible, Departures, Travel & Leisure and National Geographic Traveler. In addition, Sylvie has contributed to the following French publications: Le Figaro, Histoire Magazine, Le Temps and 



The cost for individual tickets is $95 – RSVP Today!  

SPAC in Conversation with Sylvie Bigar

French Market Place Vendor Information 

For information on becoming a vendor, please contact Audra at 



Tomato Bisque 

Oven charred tomato shooter, grilled cheese skewer, basil oil (V) 


Chateaubriand Crostini 

Rosemary chevre, caramelized onion, green peppercorn cognac mousse 


Crab & Corn Fritter 

Lemon basil aioli 


Sparkling Wine 

Raspberry garnish 


Saratoga Sparkling Water 

Lemon & lime garnish  


Cassoulet a la Sylvie 

Gateway Cassoulet recipe from  

“Cassoulet Confessions: Food, France, Family and the Stew That Saved My Soul” 



French Harvest Salade (GF,V) 

Winter greens, salt roasted beets, pickled apples, pistachio 

Roquefort garnish & White balsamic vinaigrette passed at your table 


French Baguette & butter 


Plat Principal 

Brick Pressed Chicken (GF) 

Statler chicken breast, roasted fingerlings, lemon pan jus, gremolata 

Haricots Verts 




Butternut Squash Pot Pie (V) 

Thyme-carraway pastry cap, winter greens, maple cider vinaigrette 



Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris served at your table 


Dessert, Café et Thé 

Selection of  

Lemon Lavender Petit Four, Raspberry Clafoutis Skillet, French Vanilla Macaron, Madeleines, Mini Berry Tarts 

Coffee, Decaf and Tea Service 

Cream, Sugar, Lemon, Honey 

French Market Place Vendors

Beautiful Things  

Hand-felted and microfiber gloves. Hand turned maple rolling pins with decorative impressions (fall leaves, hearts and holiday themes). 



Chic, affordable clothing to go with the beautiful jewelry created by Karen Macielak and her customers. 



Claudia Russell’s Homemade Jams and Jellies 

More than jams: holiday gift boxed jams, fall wreaths, gift baskets and fall decorated red trucks. 



David Fingerhut Fine Art Photography 

David Fingerhut had been taking photographs for over 50 years.  He is a Saratoga Springs resident, specializing in nature photography and enjoys photographing the American Landscape. 



Gail’s Glasses 

Hand painted crystal and fine glassware, boxed sets and hand painted bags for a unique gift – or a treat for yourself! 


Gotta Have It!  

Specializes in fashion forward accessories. We offer unique umbrellas, headbands, scarves, earrings, tailored ponchos and handbags. 


Honesta Coffee 

Single-origin coffee, naturally grown directly from women farmers in Brazil. 



KW Pottery 

Functional and affordable pottery in a variety of designs and colors. 

Instagram: @kwpotteryny 


L’esperance Tile Studio and Farm Share Studio 

Committed to the art and preservation of handmade ceramic tile. Founded in 1979, the Tile Works is known nationwide for our artistry and expertise in the manufacture and restoration of Victorian and Craftsman-era tiles. Partnering with Farm Share Studio offers fresh painted produce and local farm scenes. 

Websites: and 



A consciously curated collection of women’s apparel, jewelry and accessories. 



Native Farm Flowers 

Native Farm Flowers is a 5-acre farm dedicated to growing beautiful perennial and annual flowers naturally and with the utmost care. 



Roosevelt Grooming 

Since 2013 our line has grown from straight razors, strops and brushes to a full selection of handcrafted, artisan-formulated grooming and personal-care products, with materials and ingredients that are safer and more environmentally responsible than they were in the heyday of wet shaving. 



Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) 

You can purchase merchandise from your favorite venue as well as Sylvie’s book. Limited quantities available, purchase early! 



Savory Pantry 

Gourmet Food Gifts for every occasion. The food lover’s source for artisan produced specialty foods from around the world and extraordinary gourmet gifts. 



Shuck & Awe 

Shuck and Awe is a woman owned small business. Each treasure is handcrafted and unique. Custom shells are perfect for individual gifting, corporate branding, weddings, tablescapes and more. 



Textile Studio 

Contemporary clothing and accessory collection handwoven on vintage Macomber multi-harness looms in the Saratoga Springs Beekman Street Arts District. 



The Crafting Wino 

Creatively Hand Crafted and Hand Curated Home Decor.  

Honorary Committee

Merci Beaucoup to our Sponsors and Honorary Committee


JoAnn Duquette 

Mr. & Mrs. A. Firestone 

Doris Fischer Malesardi 



Sally Bott 

Keeley Ardman DeSalvo 

Susan Dake 

Sandra Eng-Caulfield 

Carol Hammer 

Marsha Malanga 

Maureen Parker/Charles Schwab 

Hon. Susan Phillips Read 

Elizabeth Rutnik 

Eileen Whelley 



Judy Aronstamm 

Jill Dolinsky 

Rita Forbush 

Robin Kappler 

Sylvia Kravis Phillips 

Barbara Morris 



Elaine Alfert 

Suzanne Anderson 

Ellen Beal 

Maria Bucciferro 

Lorraine Clarke- Sierra 

Bonnie Cooke 

Marsha Dolinsky 

Ellen Downing 

Janice B. Dyer 

Jane Flynn 

Mary Gavin 

Lynne Gelber 

Judy A. Harrigan, Ph.D 

Maria Harrison 

Audra Herman 

Mary Huber 

Harriet J. Kalejs 

Teresa Kennedy 

Judy LeCain 

Mary Murphy 

Delores Parillo 

Maureen Parker 

Cindy Phillippe 

Sandy Ponton 

Tracy Quinn 

Katie Richman 

A.C. Riley 

Kristie Roohan 

Heather Straughter 

Martha Strohl 

Kathy Swift 

Catherine Szenczy 

Linda Toohey 

Mary Tully 

Mary Lou Wheeler 

Patricia Whelan 


Additional support provided by 

Judy Aronstamm 

Sue Crua 

JoAnn Duquette 

 Karen Macielak  

 Stephanie Markowich  

 Elizabeth Rutnik 

Eileen Whelley 

More Information

Presented by the SPAC Action Council Action Council President: Keeley DeSalvo 

Event Co-Chairs: Eileen Whelley, Marsha Dolinsky, Judy Aronstamm 

SPAC is a 501c3 charitable organization. Donations and proceeds from fundraising events benefit the Center’s children’s education programs and support the vibrancy of its classical season.  


For additional information, please contact Heather Varney at 518-584-9330 ext. 122 or 

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