An Insider’s Taste of Paris
Find your culinary joie de vivre in the City of Light
Sur La Table has cooked up a foodie’s dream trip to Paris. With the help of insiders David Lebovitz and Mort Rosenblum, our guests will be treated to private demos and tastings in some of Paris’ most renowned food destinations. Our guides have arranged a fun and delectable food adventure to underscore our reputation for being the food and cookware authority.
Fabulous restaurants you’ll visit include La Petite Chaise, Paris’ oldest restaurant; Christian Constant’s Le Violon d’ Ingres; Le Nemrod, an iconic café; and Verjus, the newest eaterie by the creators of Paris’ talked-about underground restaurant, Hidden Kitchen.
Luxury Accommodations • Breakfasts • Tastings
Walking Tours • Hands-on Cooking Class • Iconic Food Attractions
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An Insider’s Taste of Paris: October 7-12, 2013
$4,600.00 per person, double occupancy. Single supplement: $1100.00. Airfare not included.
A non-refundable deposit of $500.00 is required to reserve your space.
- Wine tasting and tapas lunch at Ô Chateau
- Dinner at Le Violon d’Ingres with wine
- Dinner guest at Le Violon: Alec Lobrano, author of Hungry for Paris
- Market and Cooking class with La Cuisine (including La Cuisine Market bag)
- Guided visit to Gérard Mulot kitchens with tasting
- Lunch at Crêperie
- Lunch guest at Crêperie: Mort Rosenblum, author Olives: Life and Lore of a Noble Fruit
- Olive oil tasting
- Dinner at Verjus: 8-course meal with paired wines
- All visits as listed in Itinerary
Sur La Table’s Paris Adventure
An Insider’s Taste of Paris
Day 3 Continued
A visit to G. Detou is a must. The store’s name is a French play on words, meaning “I have everything.” As David Lebovitz says, “If G. Detou didn’t exist, I could not live in Paris.” Floor-to-ceiling shelves are stocked with everything any cook or pastry chef could need including bags of Valrhona chocolate bits, seasonal Iranian pistachios and fragrant vanilla beans—all at very reasonable prices.
Stroll down rue Montorgueil, a neighborhood market street, peeking into fromageries, boucheries, poisonneries and boulangeries.
For lunch it’s a Tour de France in your wine glass at the chic wine bar Ô Chateau. Nibble on a selection of tapas as you sample distinguished wines from the most famous regions of French vineyards. The rest of the afternoon is free.
Our dinner guest this evening is Alec Lobrano, author of Hungry for Paris. Alec says he “fell hard for Paris and began two decades of singularly spectacular eating as well as earning a living writing about it.” Formerly the Paris correspondent for Gourmet, he now writes for a variety of food and travel publications, including The New York Times.
Together we dine at Christian Constant’s signature restaurant, Le Violon d’Ingres, on a menu designed just for us. The combination of innovative traditional haute cuisine, attentive service and warm ambiance creates a memorable evening. For dessert, try the vanilla soufflé with salted butter caramel sauce. Excellent.
Day 4: Thursday, October 10
Today is a hands-on cooking class with chefs from La Cuisine Cooking School of Paris. Begin by shopping at the Maubert outdoor market for the freshest seasonal ingredients. With purchases in hand, walk across the historic Île de la Cité to La Cuisine cooking school. In their two fully equipped kitchens and at your own cooking island, learn how to prepare the classic magret de canard and accompanying side dishes. Sample some of the 465 French cheeses, learning the qualities of each. And when finished, dine together overlooking the Seine on the delicious lunch you have prepared.
Tonight is a free evening. Dinner suggestions as well as optional evening events can be provided.
Day 5: Friday, October 11
Travel to the 13th arrondissement for a private tour of Gérard Mulot’s kitchens. For 25 years M. Mulot has made both innovative and traditional pâtisseries. He is best known for his macarons, petits fours and seasonal gâteaux. Watch them make these famous macarons in a typically small Parisian atelier, sampling along the way.
For lunch today enjoy an authentic Breton crêpe, a hearty buckwheat galette filled with your choice of cheeses, mushrooms, meats or veggies and accompanied by sparkling hard cider and a starter of fresh oysters from Brittany.
Our lunch guest is Mort Rosenblum, author of the James Beard award-winning book Olives: The Life and Lore of a Noble Fruit. Mort introduces this miraculous little green fruit that has oiled the wheels of civilization since before the Bible was a rough draft.
After lunch Mort guides you in an olive oil tasting where you discover the nuances of different varieties of olives pressed in the mills of various Mediterranean countries. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to enjoy.
Tonight’s farewell dinner is at Verjus, the latest creation by the founders of the famous Paris underground restaurant, Hidden Kitchen. In their inviting dining room, tucked behind the Palais Royal, dine on their bold, refined and contemporary cuisine in an eight-course tasting menu with paired wines.
Day 6: Saturday, October 12
After a leisurely breakfast, depart for the USA.
Checkout time is noon.