The holiday cafe sampler at LaMadeleine

Bonjour Charlotte!

This week I returned from France in time to write my weekly column. Truth be told, I was not actually in France, but I did feel as if I was while visiting the new Country French restaurant, LaMadeleine, located in the Northlake area (previously Mimi’s Cafe).

Fireplaces add to the cozy ambiance, and there are many delicious items among the French pastries, quiches, sandwiches, soups and salads on the menu. With so many wonderful choices I finally settled for the strawberry and bacon spinach salad with sliced mushrooms and toasted pecans; French onion soup with cheese and croutons; and a delightful French pastry puff sandwich –  chicken friand with swiss cheese. For dessert, I chose creme brulee cheesecake, which was excellent!

The staff was wonderful and made me feel at home. My meal was simply divine. Thumbs up for this new restaurant. I hope to see you there soon.

Check out my weekend picks.


Wanda Hunter Wherry ~ Celebrate Christmas listening to classical, religious, jazz and gospel music with Wanda Hunter Wherry, one of the most thrilling voices in the country today. This holiday offering will present traditional favorites and features a jazz combo and classical pianist. Location: Tate Hall CPCC Campus (1206 Elizabeth Ave). Time: 7 p.m. More info.


Soulful Sounds of Christmas ~ Enjoy an evening of Christmas music with R&B singer Will Downing and special guests, singer Chante Moore and jazz pianist Alex Bugnon, at Ovens Auditorium (2700 East Independence Blvd). Doors open at 7 p.m, showtime 8 p.m. More info: 800-745-3000 or online.


Starving Artist Market ~ Looking for some last-minute holiday specials? Check out the one-stop shopping experience hosted by the Charlotte Art League. Local vendors will be selling items from pottery, soaps, jewelery, paintings and much more from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. There’s plenty of on-the-street parking and it’s close to the light rail: Charlotte Art League (1517 Camden Road). This event is free and open to the public. More info.

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Toni Baker-Tyson is an entertainment columnist for She enjoys being a social butterfly out on the town, loves live music, the arts, and foreign films. Her passion is volunteering with the...