|CHEERS TO KIKI FOR 50 YEARS AS THE TOP FRENCH RESTAURANTUER IN CHICAGO
People ask me why I write about Kiki’s Bistro and the charismatic Frenchman who operates the restaurant. In one word – friendship and another word – history! As a young Chicago career woman embarking on a new life path – the corners of State & Madison intersected for me at Carson Pirie Scott & Co. as a member of a retail sales program called “College Board.” I spent two summers learning the retail ropes on a grand scale and shadowing my late older sister Mary Anne, my guiding star in my career and in my life. Mary was the one who introduced me to Kiki!! As the Director of Special Events, Public Relations and Training, she was THE rising star at Carsons and everyone wanted to be like her, to be with her and be in her limelight. She shared all of that easily and she brought her colleagues and friends to dine at the famous LeBordeaux – the charming subterranean French bistro located in the lower level of Three West Madison. I followed her everywhere and learned as much as I could from her about charm, elegance, fine dining, diplomacy, foreign and public relations! Get a passport and travel!
Kiki, Denise Staniec (wife), and Reginald Stewart from Alderman Walter Burnett's office present Kiki with a street naming proclamation! Rue de Kiki!
On January 1, 1969 Georges “Kiki” Cuisance opened LeBordeaux and this New Year’s Eve will mark his 50 years in business. How many people have you known as friends for 50 years! I am fortunate to have known Kiki! His friendship, his demeanor, his charm and his laugh are the things that make me smile. Join us during the early months of January 2019 to celebrate his longevity in the Chicago restaurant business. I will continue to hold my Jane Network Nights at Kiki’s Bistro 900 N. Franklin Chicago on the last Monday or each month – January 28, 2019 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm