Paris and France Culinary Events
Hungry? Need to fill your culinary calendar? Here is where you will find all the restaurant and culinary happenings in Paris and other parts of France. We feature a calendar of special dinners, tasting menus, prix-fixe meals, food festivals and other French culinary events, including regularly occurring food events as well as special one-time-only Paris events featuring top chefs. Keep checking back so you can know all that's going on in the world of restaurant and food events in Paris and France. We've also got the latest Paris Restaurant News and Wine Events.
January 21-May 1
Until May 2014, Jean-Yves Leuranguer, executive chef of Hôtel Fouquet's Barrière Paris, and his lieutenant Christophe Schmitt, will team each month with a famous chef or company for an exclusive dinner at the restaurant Diane. On January 21, they will prepare a special menu with Enrico Crippa, chef of Piazza Duomo in Alba; February 14, with Philippe Urraca, Meilleur Ouvrier de France for his skills in cooking chocolate; and March 14, with the Maison Milliat that supplies fruit-based items. For the two last dinners, the dates of which have not yet been communicated, it will be Emmanuel Renaut, chef of Flocons de Sel in Mégève, and Philippe Etchebest, former chef of Hostellerie de Plaisance in Saint-Emilion. Diane, Hôtel Fouquet's Barrière Paris 46, av. George V, 75008 Paris, 01 40 69 60 00.
From March 5 to 8, Eric Frechon, executive chef of the Hôtel Le Bristol, gives way to Antoine Perray, chef of the Palais Namaskar in Marrakesh, to cook dishes for the guests of the brasserie Le 114 Faubourg. Thus, he will prepare Moroccan favorites such as chicken pastilla, stewed beef tajine with prunes, and orange salad perfumed with cinnamon. During the event, a tombola will be held each day, affording a lucky diner to win two nights at the Palais Namaskar, including breakfast, shuttle and one dinner for two. Le 114 Faubourg, Hôtel Le Bristol 112, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris, 01 53 43 44 44.
March 31-April 6
David Lebovitz, author of The Great Book of Chocolate and The Sweet Life in Paris, will lead a Paris Chocolate & Gastronomy Tour March 31-April 6, 2014. Events will include cheese and wine tastings, guided walking tours, and visits behind the scenes of the shops of chocolatiers, bread bakers and candy makers. For more information, visit www.davidlebovitz.com/tours.
Cazaudehore La Forestière, a charming hotel near the woods of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, duly celebrates Easter. From April 12 to 28, a chocolate-focused menu will be served at the restaurant for €90 with three glasses of wine. It notably features a marbled foie gras terrine, pan-seared scallops, duck filet with smoked almonds and cocoa cream, Parmesan cheese and an assortment of chocolate for dessert. On April 21, an egg hunt is organized in the park for the kids and a brunch offered at €59 per adult and €29 per child. Cazaudehore, 1, av. Kennedy, 78100 St-Germain-en-Laye, 01 30 61 64 64.
The W Lounge, a sleek bar located in the W Paris-Opera hotel near the Palais Garnier, offers a special seasonal menu for €29 between noon and 5 p.m. Served in only 35 minutes and created by Sergi Arola, who owns several restaurants in Spain, it may feature pumpkin velouté, a Caesar salad, braised beef cheek accompanied with purée, and tiramisu. W Lounge, 4, rue Meyerbeer, 75009 Paris, 01 40 68 30 45.
The bar at Le Baudelaire, located in the Le Burgundy hotel, has launched "tea-time." During the afternoon, amid an understated décor and with an impressive fresco on the ceiling, you can taste pastries prepared by pastry chef Yann Couvreur, little sandwiches, and tea, coffee or fruit juice for €30. Le Baudelaire, Le Burgundy 6-8, rue Duphot, 75001 Paris, 01 42 60 34 12.
A different kind of culinary school, the Atelier des Chefs is a stress-free space in which to learn the pleasures of cooking according to different themed workshops. No need to sign up for a semester of classes: each course, or workshop, is "pay as you go" and does not exceed two hours. After the lesson, take a break and enjoy the fruits of your labor together with the other students. Visit www.atelierdeschefs.com for more information. Atelier des Chefs, 10, rue de Penthièvre, 75008 Paris, 01 53 30 05 82.
L'Atelier de Fred offers cooking courses for all ages in a small studio in the Marais. Courses for adults cost €60 and last 3 hours; courses for children cost 35€ and last 2 hours. For more information, visit www.latelierdefred.com. L'Atelier de Fred, 6, rue des Vertus, 75003 Paris, 01 40 29 46 04.
Each Wednesday from 7 p.m. to midnight, the “Shangri-Lounge” party takes place in the Shangri-La Hotel, Paris. This special event is animated by a DJ and benefits from a festive décor with disco balls and light projections on the walls and the ceiling. Champagne and creative cocktails from the barman Christophe Léger are served, as are dim sum and Torpedo shrimps. Shangri-La Hotel, Paris, 10, av. d'Iéna, 75116 Paris, 01 80 27 19 35.
At Bistrot du Sommelier, Philippe Faure-Brac has catered to patrons since 1984. On Friday, he showcases a vineyard and its wines: a special menu with five glasses of wine costs €50 at lunch and €75 at dinner. Bistrot du Sommelier, 97, bd Haussmann, 75008 Paris, 01 42 65 24 85.
Trying to find an alternative to the typical brunch for lunch on Sunday? Chef Thierry Marx at Camélia in the Mandarin Oriental, Paris, offers the "Sunday Roast," a special menu at €65 that includes, depending on the season, a poached egg with chanterelles, roast poultry with potatoes and a chocolate tartlet. Camelia, Mandarin Oriental, Paris 251, rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris, 01 70 98 78 88.
SundaysView our calendar of Wine Dinners & Tastings in Paris
Every Sunday from noon-3 p.m., a brunch is organized within the Borghese lounge of the Hôtel Lutétia. On the menu, croissants, scrambled eggs, fruits and a variety of cheeses are suggested as well as some dishes from chef Philippe Renard like a roasted chicken, a roquette salade with cherry tomatoes and hazelnut, and a mushrooms soup. As for the drinks, treat yourself with a fruit juice, wine or Champagne Taittinger. The brunch costs €55. Hôtel Lutétia, 45, bd Raspail, 75006 Paris, 01 49 54 46 46.