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Date:  Nov. 24, 2009
Media Contact:
Lauren Hammond

La Mie Emilie brings a taste of France to Carmel Arts & Design District

CARMEL, Ind. – The dining options available in the Carmel Arts & Design district continue to grow with the debut of La Mie Emilie at 15 W. Main St.

The patisserie and French café opened in the District in August and has quickly grown its offerings and audience in downtown Carmel. The eatery brings a new, unique flavor to the District, according to owner Emilie Myers, who operates the restaurant along with her mother.

“We liked the idea of bringing a slice of Paris to Carmel,” she explained. “Especially during the busy shopping season, we wanted this to be a conversation place — somewhere to escape from the hectic bustle, a place to clear your head.”

La Mie Emilie has already been embraced by many visitors for just that purpose, but the real draw is its signature French fare. The Croque Monsieur – a battered hot ham and cheese –  is a favorite in the café, as well as traditional French standbys, such as Salade Niçoise and Quiche Lorraine.

The restaurant’s early popularity has resulted in several early menu and service expansions, Myers explained. She partners with a local roaster to provide the coffee served at La Mie Emilie’s recently opened espresso and coffee bar. The café also recently received its wine and beer license, leading to changes in the menu, as well as the eatery’s dining culture.

“Now that we have our wine and beer license, we’ve further expanded our French offerings. We now have French wines on the menu, which are not necessarily expensive but are really good table wines, as well as some great Belgian beers,” Myers explained.

Beginning Nov. 30, La Mie Emilie will also offer a heartier, more filling dinner menu to go along with the wines and beer served. A rotating daily menu will feature two or three hearty, French entrees a night.

The holiday season will also bring seasonal European taste treats, such as the traditional French Yule Log. Called a Buche de Noel, this cake is rolled with rich, layered chocolate mousse and decorated to look like a Christmas log. Guests can also get their holiday dessert fix in the form of gourmet pies provided by Myers’ mother, Cathy Egler, former owner of Zionsville’s much-loved Pie Safe.

Myers is thrilled with her decision to locate her new business in the Arts & Design District.

“We really liked the area because of its small-town feel and all the really great artsy shops. But now, it’s just like a family. Everyone helps you out. If I had known about the atmosphere when we first thought of opening a new restaurant, I never would have considered doing it anywhere else.”

For a more information about Carmel Arts & Design District merchants and holiday events, visit www.carmelartsanddesign.com or call 317.571.ARTS.

The Carmel Arts & Design District is the Midwest’s newest, premier setting for the arts and design industry. Already it has attracted well over 100 businesses, including art galleries, antique dealers, furniture and interior design showrooms, even a race track design company! There are restaurants, boutiques, creative service providers, and an eclectic variety of specialty retail stores. And the list of merchants continues to grow.

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