Après Midi

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Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France 

Craig Carlson - Pancakes in Paris

One of the things I used to bring back to France from the U.S., like most Americans living here who miss certain things from "home," was pancake mix and maple syrup. These commodities simply didn't exist here at the time and we liked making pancakes on Sunday mornings, particularly with a fried egg on top, bacon on the side and toast. Craig Carlson missed an American breakfast more than most, and as a result, set out to open his own restaurant devoted to such delicacies, appropriately named "Breakfast in America."

Craig had no idea that opening and running a business in France would be so difficult, compared to the same endeavor in the U.S. Regardless of how often the budding entrepreneur hears the warnings, someone as passionate about an idea as Craig doesn't heed them and finds themselves in the muck and mire of French bureaucracy and steep taxes and fees. Craig opened "BIA" with a lot of enthusiasm and energy, then landed in a pile of "merde" thanks to a series of issues, one of which was a savvy employee who understood very well how to use and abuse the system designed to protect him, but which put the screws to this budding enterprise.

Not to be deterred, Craig overcame all odds, survived it all, ran a successful restaurant and ended up opening a second location of BIA and then subsequently began a franchise. To top it all off, he wrote a memoir about his experiences and titled it "Pancakes in Paris."

He brought us pancakes and syrup to taste for ourselves, offered up a slide presentation, gave us a synopsis of the story, read from the book and answered our questions. He joked, we laughed and were enthralled with his story of survival and success.

I think both Craig and I agree, we wouldn't wish business ownership in France on our worst enemy! But in spite of all the trials and tribulations, we still love Paris and France and wouldn't have changed a thing.

In attendance was:

•    Anne Merles
•    April Pett
•    Brenda Prowse
•    Buck Branson
•    Carol and Tom Cason
•    Cat Knell
•    Catherine Cain
•    Cathy Eifling
•    Connie Greffe
•    Denise Grassart
•    Gail Keikoan
•    Jack Lampert
•    Jane Anne Riley
•    Janet Hulstrand
•    Jessica McQuade
•    Jim Haynes
•    Joe and Casey McClash
•    Joy Eggerichs Reed
•    Kate Hanley
•    Leah Gerrard
•    Lisa Anselmo
•    Louraine Arkfeld
•    Margo De Ley
•    Marilee McClintock
•    Michael Gilbert
•    Nancy Kissock
•    Pat Le Blanc
•    Patricia Laplante Collins
•    Patricia Wilson
•    Patty Sadauskas
•    Raenette DeCicco
•    Richard Hellinger
•    Sean Ryan
•    Susan Niello
•    Tom Bernatowicz
•    William Jordan
•    William McCauley
•    Yael Ménassé Friedberg
•    Plus others who did not sign in!

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France

Après Midi - Paris, France