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Inspired by the Year of the Rat New Year’s celebrations, gave a luncheon last week at Rumpus for herself and pals who were born in the Year of the Monkey and are turning 40 in the Year of the Rat.

Daru had her personal florist, designer , create a monkey pod in the middle of Rumpus, and he did the tables with lots of bananas, pineapples, orchids, palms and stuffed toy monkeys.

All the fuss was fine with the restaurant’s owner, : He was one of the guests, and he contributed to the mood by inventing an appealing banana martini. Over martinis and bananas, Daru discussed the monkey characteristics: On the good side, wit, common sense, humor, intelligence and enthusiasm; on the bad side, unfaithfulness. Daru enthusiastically protested that, saying, “I’ve been faithful to Frank (her husband) for 16 years even though we’ve only been married eight.”

Edouard works for Veuve Cliquot Champagne, once owned by his family (now owned by ). Vivien and Marie run the family farm at Chateau de Guignicourt near Rheims. While here, they spent a few days with Joseph at his vineyard and ranch in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Mais oui continue: French Consul General Gourrierec and his wife, Maria, gave a reception at their home Monday for the Friends of Vieilles Maisons Francaises, a group that restores chateaux and monuments here and in France. The group will raise some funds with a dinner dance with champagne from Veuve Cliquot March 26 at the with and Vera Carpeneti as chairwomen.

Among those at the reception: , who was engrossed in speaking French to of Hermes for quite a while before he realized she didn’t speak French.

The Friends are raising money to restore Chateau de Montreal in France’s Dordogne.

The chateau’s most illustrious inhabitant was , who explored Canada in the early 16th century, and that’s why one of Canada’s biggest cities is called De Pontbriand, or something like that. We don’t speak French either.

Meanwhile, back at Hermes, Penelope gave a reception Tuesday evening to honor the board of directors of the Merola Opera Program. The board is sponsoring a benefit, Voices of Spring, March 22 at the
venice marco polo A Fete for Monkeys In the Year of the Rat