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Le Foodist - Once Upon A Table - De quelle planete es tuAfter discovering French culture through wine and cheese with Le Foodist in January, I had the opportunity to dive even deeper into French culture with their Once Upon A Table dinner event.

On another very cold winter night, we all shuffled into the péniche where Le Foodist hosts several of its events, right under Notre Dame on Quai de Montebello. This little boat is so charming.

The creator of the concept, Fred, and their renowned sommelier, Stéphane Bonnerot were there to greet us and show us to the table where we would have a meal like never before.

Le Foodist - Once Upon A Table - De quelle planete es tu? 1Le Foodist - Once Upon A Table - De quelle planete es tu? 2Le Foodist - Once Upon A Table - De quelle planete es tu? 3The concept is simple: bringing people together à la française through a gastronomical experience. It has always been a tradition in France to dine together, with family and friends, and share a hearty meal and to chat up about the day or politics or whatever else comes to mind…. but mostly you chat about food.

At Once Upon A Table, you’ll learn about everything on your plate and in your wine glass.

Through storytelling, Le Foodist will take you on a journey to understand the origines and history behind the food you’ll eat. The dinner is conducted in English, but the guests come from every corner of the world, and it is a wonderful way to interact and meet other people interested in French food and culture.

Le Foodist - Once Upon A Table - De quelle planete es tu? 4 Le Foodist - Once Upon A Table - De quelle planete es tu? 9And of course, Stéphane will tell you all about which wines go with which plates for each course, along with information on the region and grapes of each wine.

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We dived quickly into course #2: French scallops carpaccio and root veggies smothered in curry vinaigrette (I am still dreaming of this dish…). The scallops were perfect with a glass of Sancerre. I am a humongo scallops fan.

What was lovely was how Le Foodist broke down every part, and told the tales of the French regions involved, and also how certain plates got their nicknames. In French, scallop is Coquille Saint-Jacques, so that alone was quite the story to tell!

On a side note, I had no idea what a Jerusalem Artichoke was before going to this dinner. In French it’s called a Topinambours… it sure is fun to try to pronounce that!

Le Foodist - Once Upon A Table - De quelle planete es tu? 11 Le Foodist - Once Upon A Table - De quelle planete es tu? 12 Le Foodist - Once Upon A Table - De quelle planete es tu? 13The third and main dish was a classic: Navarin d’Agneau, a traditional Lamb Fricassé dish. It was infused with Mediterranean spices and served with peas, root veggies and couscous. It was just divine.  We ate this bad boy with a glass of red, Crozes.

From there we went on to the crowd’s favorite…. cheese. With a glass of St. Emilion (this is the part when you kiss your fingers and pinch and shake your thumb and index finger at the level of your eyes because it’s delish), we enjoyed a variety of different cheeses. And more wine, bien sûr.

Le Foodist - Once Upon A Table - De quelle planete es tu? 14 Le Foodist - Once Upon A Table - De quelle planete es tu? 18 Le Foodist - Once Upon A Table - De quelle planete es tu? 17We finished off the five course meal with a Belle-Hélène Pear for dessert. This perfect pear was served with chocolate sauce and almonds. When I saw this pear, my jaw dropped. I’m not even kidding.

Are you drooling yet?

Through dessert we continued to guess wine aromas and all that jazz. I learned that my sense of smell is not my forté.

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Le Foodist - Once Upon A Table - De quelle planete es tu? 22 Le Foodist - Once Upon A Table - De quelle planete es tu? 23 Le Foodist - Once Upon A Table - De quelle planete es tu? 24A special thanks to Fred, Amanda, and Stéphane for their passion for sharing French culture with us with this phenomenal gastronomical adventure.

And gosh, what a lovely way to meet people. I’m sure at some point people will be able to tell stories in passing such as a, “Oh yea, we met at one of those Le Foodist events two years ago in Paris” type of thing. Communal dining has been in for a little while now, but Le Foodist adds a cultural spin to it.

To find out more about what Le Foodist has to offer as well as their calendar and prices for these diverse and magical events, you can check out their website and their Facebook page. The events happen several times per month but still fill up, so it’s advised it to reserve in advanced for your visit to Paris.

Check out my post on their Daring Pairings event here.

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A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to go to one of Le Foodist‘s Daring Pairing events. Le Foodist provides a variety of different events where people from or visiting Paris can experience culture through food. Whether it be for a dinner, a wine and cheese pairing, or a tea time history of sweets, you’ll be able to take a big bite into French culture.

This particular evening, on a cozy péniche right under the Notre Dame on Quai Montebello, we participated in Daring Pairings. It was chilly and snow was falling, and it was the perfect setting for a mysterious undertaking of pairing with two of France’s most prided things: wine and cheese. The creator of Le Foodist, Fred, immediately greeted us as we entered Bateau Daphné with our chilled rosy red cheeks. As soon as we walked into the boat, the covered bottles and empty wine glasses awaited us: this was going to be good.

A lovely sommelier, Stéphane Bonnerot, so full of energy and passion, introduced 4 wines to us, explaining to us how to properly taste them and notice each of their particularities: we shook the glasses to see the marks that would fall from the glass, we sniffed them to see what aromas we could guess, we observed the color of reds in front of a white piece of paper. All that good stuff.

Once we made all of the visual observations, we tasted the wine in a few different ways, seeing if we could decipher the dryness and sweetness. All of these traits made for a fun guessing game of where the wine came from in France. Stéphane tied in the history behind the wines and the differences that various regions and grapes provide. This helped us to guess the perfect cheese to pair with each of the four wines tasted.

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By the end of the evening I had a wealth of new knowledge and I was anxious to impress my Frenchman of a boyfriend with my knew cheese and wine pairing skills. Not kidding. I now can bluntly state that I never would I ever serve a comté with a white wine! Bien sûr!

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It was a night filled with laughter, mystery and passion. People of all ages and all nationalities came together around one fusion of a love: French wine and cheese. The whole night I kept thinking about how fun my mom would have at an event like this, while visiting Paris. What a wonderful and unique way to meet people.

And after a toast of bubbly in the winter chills under the lit up Notre Dame and the reflections of lights on the Seine (yes, Stéphane did indeed teach some people how to open a bottle of champagne with a sabor), we wandered back home in the snowy snowy Parisian night.

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For more information on what Le Foodist has to offer as well as their calendar and prices for these diverse and magical events, you can check out their website and their Facebook page. The events happen several times per month but still fill up, so it’s advised it to reserve in advanced for your visit to Paris.

If you’re interested in their Once Upon A Table dinner experience, be sure to check out this lovely post on the HiP Paris Blog.

A special thanks to Fred and Stéphane for their vigor and energy.

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This morning I went to Creative Mornings for the first time, enfin! I have been meaning to go for quite some time now. The speaker, Christian de Boisredon, creator of Spark News, gave a prez titled “Happiness”. It was so nice to get some inspiration so early in the day.

Sometimes a simple lunch is just what I need. I am getting better and better at making homemade croque monsieurs. Gettin’ creative!

On Monday night, I was so lucky to get to check out Le Foodist‘s Daring Pairing. These happen a few times per month, and are a great way to discover French culture through two of France’s most prided things: cheese and wine. I can now safely say which cheeses can go with Sancerre, Corbières and Jurancon, and Saint Emilion. Bring it on. I can’t wait to take my mom to do this when she visits next!

I hope your week was smashing.