Welcome to Taix!
In 1882, a French-immigrant baker named Marcus Taix opened his Taix French Bread Bakery on Commercial Street in downtown Los Angeles. During the second half of the 19th century and into the 20th, what is now Chinatown was once a thriving area for French expats. In 1832, Jean-Louis Vignes bought a section of land next to L.A.’s original pueblo, developed the area’s first winery, and achieved enough success to attract an entire French community. For the rest of the 19th century, the French community settled in the area between what is now the 110 freeway and the L.A. river. The community built a hospital (what is now the Pacific Alliance Medical Center was once the French Hospital, built to service the French immigrants who were part of the French Society’s pre-paid health plan), restaurants, and a number of basque boardinghouses around the Alameda / Aliso intersection. The area also attracted the original Mr. Taix and his bakery.
Thirty years later, after he opened his bakery, Taix built the Champs D’Or hotel in its place. And in 1927, Marius Taix's son Marius Jr. opened Taix French Country Cuisine restaurant within the hotel. In the 1930s, it sold “a full table d'hote meal of soup, salad, main course and fruit, with plenty of French bread” for 50 cents, according to the New York Times. The restaurant served meals at family-style tables, unless you wanted to pay an extra 25 cents for a private booth. In 1962, the restaurant opened the Sunset Boulevard location, and by 1964, the original location was razed to make way for an office building. The Echo Park location originally went by the name “Les Freres Taix”—that’s the Taix Brothers for non-francophiles—but it adopted the original location’s name after it closed.
Over drinks and an app, share your coming to Los Angeles story. How did you get here? What brought you here? Is that the thing that’s keeping you here? What about your family coming to America? How did they get there?
Next here’s some games to play.
“AFTER EIGHT CHALLENGE
Players tilt their heads backwards and put a mint (find at hostess stand) on their foreheads. The object is to be the first to slide the mint down your face and into your mouth without using your hands. Note that the faces you have to pull to achieve this are amazing, so it’s a brilliant game for spectators too!
Write the name of a famous person on a Post-it note and fix it to the forehead of one of the players, without them seeing what has been written down. S/he has to work out which celeb s/he has become by asking questions of the other players that can only be answered ‘Yes’ or ‘No’. Players may wish to consider asking the following:
Am I female?
Am I alive?
Am I a singer?
Do I regularly appear on telly?
Have I ever punched a TV producer?
Do I have any super-injunctions out?
Am I Harry Styles?
The ‘celeb’ has up to 20 questions to discover his or her identity. Note: It is best to give them people they will have heard of. It may be a stretch to expect Granny to get Lethal Bizzle.
“YOU’VE GOT A LETTER
Players agree on a topic such as actors, pop stars, movies or football teams. One person names an example that begins with the letter A; the last letter of that word is the next player’s starting point (so if the first player says ‘Arsenal’, the next person must choose a team that begins with L). Players have five seconds to think of an answer, or they are out. Out on their Arsenal, in fact.