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Martinique PBS TV Preview Party in Washington, DC at the Embassy of France

Photos from our exclusive PBS preview event at the French Embassy!

We kicked of season three of “Travels with Darley” with a special and exclusive preview event for our Martinique episodes at the Embassy of France in Washington, D.C. Rum tasting, dancing and a behind the scenes look at how our Emmy Award-winning team filmed in Martinique unfolded amid the splendor of the French Embassy.

Guests received colorful masks for this Carnival themed event.

Guests received colorful masks for this Carnival themed event. Photo credit Daniel Serrette @DanniDavinchi.

Clement rum was served and Benjamin Mélin-Jones, a fourth generation member of the Clément family was in attendance.

Clement rum was served and Benjamin Mélin-Jones, a fourth generation member of the Clément family was in attendance. Photo credit Daniel Serrette @DanniDavinchi.

Guests arrived at 6:30pm to enjoy Creole Royal cocktails made with Clement Rhum and mingle, before heading into the theatre for the episode preview. Once inside, the colorful emcee presented special surprises in store over the course of the night. A lucky guest would be winning a vacation for two to Martinique to stay at a four-star resort, Hotel Bakoua, one of the two hotels where our film crew stayed in Martinique. It’s located on a black sand beach overlooking Fort de France Bay… stunning.

Hanging with Chef Hot Pants at the French Embassy.

Hanging with Chef Hot Pants at the French Embassy.

Guests were welcomed with a Creole Royal cocktail.

Guests were welcomed with a Creole Royal cocktail. Photo credit Daniel Serrette @DanniDavinchi.

Guests mingling in the first space of the night.

Guests mingling in the first space of the night. Photo credit Daniel Serrette @DanniDavinchi.

Guests try traditional cuisine from Martinique, including Accras de Morue.

Guests try traditional cuisine from Martinique, including Accras de Morue. Photo credit Daniel Serrette @DanniDavinchi.

Following presentations from the Martinique Tourism Authority Delegation, we showcased a special behind the scenes and exclusive episode preview, which was shown to the nearly 200 guests in the Embassy theatre.

Inside the theatre for the next part of the evening, when Chef Guy Ferdinand and Chef Daniel Labone would take the stage.

Inside the theatre for the next part of the evening, when Chef Guy Ferdinand and Chef Daniel Labone would take the stage. Photo credit Daniel Serrette @DanniDavinchi.

Guests take their seats for our exclusive "behind the scenes" and Darley's remarks about traveling to Martinique.

Guests take their seats for our exclusive “behind the scenes” and Darley’s remarks about traveling to Martinique. Photo credit Daniel Serrette @DanniDavinchi.

Top social media influencers, along with journalists, diplomats and dignitaries, professors, TV and media professionals, hospitality and lifestyle experts, travel agents and the travel industry elite attended the preview bash, which next took us all into another beautifully decorated space. Chef Guy Ferdinand, otherwise known as Chef Hot Pants and who is featured in our PBS episode, and Chef Daniel Labone were slicing and dicing fresh tuna tartare and other Creole inspired canapés.

Accras de Morue, Pâté de Porc Créole, Crevettes Grillées, Sauce Chien and Blanc-Manger Coco-Passion were just a few of the delightful culinary creations for the final part of the evening, which included more wonderful rum drinks, dancing, a very cool photo booth, prizes and more.

Folks had fun with the interactive photo booth.

Folks had fun with the interactive photo booth.

Chef Guy Ferdinand, known as Chef Hot Pants, makes fresh tuna tartare for guests to see.

Chef Guy Ferdinand, known as Chef Hot Pants, demonstrates how to make tuna tartare. Photo credit Daniel Serrette @DanniDavinchi.

Martinique is known for its champagne consumption and exceptional rum. Why not Travels with Darley Martinique branded champagne!?!?!

Martinique is known for its high champagne consumption and exceptional rum. Why not Travels with Darley Martinique branded champagne!?!?!

The night wouldn't be complete without dancing!

The night wouldn’t be complete without dancing! Photo credit Daniel Serrette @DanniDavinchi.

And more wonderful food!

And more wonderful food! Photo credit Daniel Serrette @DanniDavinchi.

Martinique is known for its French Creole cuisine!

Martinique is known for its French Creole cuisine! Photo credit Daniel Serrette @DanniDavinchi.

It was the perfect way to kick off our Martinique episodes, one of which begins broadcasting on PBS stations in March, and the third season of Travels with Darley. Watch the episode on WHUT-TV, Howard University Television, on Thursday, March 16th at 9:30pm and on your local PBS TV station.

See what else we got into with Chef Hot Pants on a CBS morning show in DC. Preview “Travels with Darley Martinique Adventures” coming to PBS and the rest of Season Three.

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