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Welcome to the Local Food And Wine Shop A portion of all sales of these Limited Edition T’s for men, women and children goes to helping feed the hungry in #paris.  Thanks for your support!       Available Sizes … Continue reading

Episode 28 : Branding Out of The Box – Paris GOOD food + wine

by Paige Donner Host-Producer  Paris GOOD food + wine  Looking to inspire the next generation of food+wine entrepreneurs, Paris GOOD food + wine takes a closer look at French and European food + wine companies that began as single-visionary entrepreneurs. … Continue reading

Episode 26: Le Cordon Bleu, Paris by Paris GOOD food + wine

by Paige Donner In order to record these interviews for Episode 26 of Paris GOOD food + wine, on a lovely late spring afternoon recently, I took a quick bus ride over to the new Le Cordon Bleu Culinary and … Continue reading

2016 Right Bank Bordeaux’s + Margaux Silky Tannins

by Paige Donner The first question I asked Oenoteam’s Stephane Toutoundji after tasting some 40 of his 2016’s-  primarily from Pomerol and St. Emilion – was, Are these silky tannins yours and your enologists’ influence or is it the signature … Continue reading

Patisserie Sebastien Gaudard, Tuileries, Paris

by Paige Donner (all photos © Paige Donner 2017) Paris Food And Wine’s pick of the week. This delightful patisserie and Salon de Tea just next to the Tuileries and across from the Louvre is the perfect place for tea, hot … Continue reading

Treats For Fido & Fifi All Natural And Healthy

Of course the holiday season brings lists of gifts. And top on those lists to be found are often the family pet! : ) Made In Pet is a made in the South of France pet treat that is all-natural … Continue reading

Election Cake – A Cake With A History, A Past And A Delicious Future!

For those of us throwing parties this weekend and into Tuesday for America’s bumfuzzling ’16 Presidential Election, this recipe, lifted off the New England Today food page, ought to set your course straight back to hearth and home (after stopping … Continue reading

Episode 20 Paris GOOD food + wine by Paige Donner host-producer

Paige Donner, Host-Producer of Paris GOOD food + wine brings you Episode 20 in Season 3 of the show available on Soundcloud, iTunes, Stitcher and TuneIn Radio. Also available on the Podcast Channel Network App (iOS and Android). Episode 20 … Continue reading

Touring Le Cinq’s Kitchens, Paris with Chef Le Squer

by Paige Donner Every once in awhile there’s a great chef who is as full of fun as he is talented. That chef, in recent weeks, would be Chef Christian Le Squer, the multiple-Michelin starred chef of the Four Seasons … Continue reading

What Happens When A 3-Star Chef Gets Creative With An Apple

by Paige Donner This 3-Star Michelin French chef is passionate about what he does. Today his passion, for taking French cooking to the next level,  is with La Sauce. Taking French cuisine to the next evolutionary level requires thought, ingenuity and … Continue reading

L’Institut Paul Bocuse

by Paige Donner  Celebrating its 25th year, the Institut Paul Bocuse culinary arts school chose a most fitting location for its fête: Le Pavillon Ledoyen Paris, recently awarded its 3rd Michelin star under the new ownership of Chef Yannick Alléno. … Continue reading

Food Books by French Authors Make Good Gifts

Author’s note: as a stunning example of the cultural communications chasm that still exists between France and the rest of the culinary world, imagine standing in a room of food and wine journalists at a chef’s book award event in France and having everyone swear to you that they’ve never heard of Zagat’s! No kidding. Continue reading

Café en Capitale from Yannick Alléno

by Paige Donner For this year, his Christmas gateaux (cakes) have taken on the role of representing, in delicately edible patisserie form, several of the great monuments of Paris. Continue reading

Ice Cream On The Champs-Elysées

by Paige Donner All photos copyright Paige Donner 2014. Summer time means ice cream. But what a – NICE! – surprise to find an ice cream truck parked right on the Champs-Elysées in Paris. And not just anywhere on the … Continue reading

Cat and Doggy Treats, Miamm Meeoww!

by Paige Donner The photos above are of Kléopatre, the new cat at Hotel Le Bristol, Paris. She was welcomed, befittingly, on a palanquin. These (chocolate) sardine tins, filled with yummy little cookies were made by no less than a … Continue reading

Fast Food Solution

by Paige Donner What better time than summer to 1. Eat Healthier 2. Spend less time in the kitchen 3. Transform your body to Fantastically Fabulous With these three goals in mind, is it any wonder then that Fast Food … Continue reading

White Strawberries – the Originals

by Paige Donner La Freizh, La Freizh!! A young, impassioned wild strawberry producer – gariguette in French – named Julien Héliès has launched a limited production of White Strawberries. Did you know strawberries were originally WHITE?! You might not have … Continue reading

SPIT – Science Politique International Tasting (Competition)

by Paige Donner In a truly wonderful demonstration of Bollinger’s credo, Life Can Be Perfect (with Bollinger), the day of the SPIT competition unfolded delightfully in Aÿ, France… All photos by Paige Donner copyright 2014  SPIT competing schools this year … Continue reading

Moët’s Pop-Up Restaurant With Yannick Alléno

by Paige Donner On a recent round-up of Paris interviews, I succeeded in doing the near-impossible – catching up with the man-in-motion, the chef who never stops, Mr. Yannick Alléno, 3* Michelin chef and champion of local-sourced ingredients for his … Continue reading

2015 International Catering Cup -Shangri-La Team Represents

by Paige Donner At the International Catering Cup competition held earlier this month in Toulouse, the team from Paris’s Shangri-La Hotel took home the top prize. This means they will be representing France in the International competition held in 2015. … Continue reading

Dallet’s Tropical Fruit Macarons – Chef Demo

by Paige Donner All photos and media c. Paige Donner, Local Food And Wine ’13.           Vincent Dallet is one of the not-to-miss patisseries and chocolatiers in the Champagne region. With shops in both Épernay and … Continue reading

Chocolate Pumpkins and The Halloween Salon

Every year, right around Halloween, Paris hosts the Salon du Chocolat. It’s a four day extravaganza of the best chocolate makers scoured and gathered from across the globe. For a city who, technically, doesn’t celebrate Halloween, the Salon du Chocolat … Continue reading

Paris’s Le Balm and Brooklyn Diner

re-published from Bonjour Paris Le Balm and Le Brooklyn Diner By Paige Donner Le Balm. An unusual name for a Parisian restaurant you might think.  However, as soon as you step inside this elegant new establishment in the shadows of … Continue reading

Tuscany Food & Wine app by Acqua Panna

by Paige Donner Ahhh… summer is at long last nearly here. Dream vacation destinations are beginning to dance through our heads like sugar plum fairies in wispy toutous as the languid summer months of promised sunshine begin to magically reveal … Continue reading

Finally – Deliciously Good News Delivered Right To Your Doorstep

Delivered straight to your Mailbox… the box of gourmet treats that will inspire your taste buds… and your culinary kitchen prowess too! Brand new in France – Sign up for your Easter Treats La BonneBox now. Click on the link … Continue reading

Super Bowl Viewing Party Menu at MessHall

If you’re in LA this weekend – here’s one option where you can munch and watch the fraternal fracas that is Super Bowl XLVII…

SHe in Las Vegas – by Morton’s (and Eva Longoria)

Opened on NYE ’13 in Vegas, Eva “Desperate Housewife” Longoria says her new restaurant is designed to cater to the ladies: small plates and a catwalk. Female-only restaurants are trending right now with another new one set to open on … Continue reading

Figaro French Bakery and Bistro – Now Open In Downtown L.A.

Figaro on Broadway, brand newly opened and just across from the historic Los Angeles Theater,  serves a full French Bistro menu and boasts a full on-site French bakery (boulangerie / patisserie) with fresh breads, pastries, croissants and other fabulously Frenchy treats … Continue reading

Yannick Alléno’s * 1947 * At Cheval Blanc, Courchevel France

WHEN: December 12, 2012  until April 7, 2013 Where:  1947, Yannick Alléno’s new Pop-Up Gastronomic artistic culinary odyssey of a restaurant at Cheval Blanc in magical winter playground Courchevel, France Please find here excerpts from the Press Release with my … Continue reading

Madame Champagne Duval-Leroy

by Paige Donner Upon closer examination, you will find many extra-ordinary elements to the Champagne House Duval-Leroy. For starters, there are the champagnes. In Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list of 2008, their Brut NV was the only champagne to make … Continue reading

AB 1616 The California Homemade Food Act

For the longest time, in fact, up until just a week or two ago, folks in California were committing a crime when they made bread or apple sauce, say, at home and took it to the market to sell. It … Continue reading

Mushroom Mixology and Funguy & Girl Package in Carmel, Calif.

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NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012 MARKS BERNARDUS LODGE’S HOMAGE TO THE MAGICAL MUSHROOM WITH FORAGING TREKS, SPA TREATMENTS, MUSHROOM MIXOLOGY & CHEF STAMENOV’S FUNGI-FRESH MENU
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CARMEL VALLEY, CALIF. – 2012 – From the oak-studded fields of Carmel Valley to the redwood forests of Big Sur and Monterey Bay, the seasonal forage for local porcinis, chanterelles and candy caps hits a high note this winter at Bernardus Lodge. The two-month homage to Mr. Fungi includes Big Sur foraging treks, mushroom-infused cocktails, anti-oxidant “FunGal” spa treatments and a special a la carte menu at Marinus Restaurant focused on the coveted gems of the forest. A new two-night hotel package is also available.
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From Bernardus’ Chanterelle and Elderflower Martini to the succulent Squab “Cailette” with Porcini and Sauce Perigord, the seductive qualities of the mushroom have outpaced most screen sirens. Ancient Egyptians linked the mushroom to immortality and its exotic flavors were reserved solely for royalty. South Pacific cultures believed in the mushroom’s aphrodisiac qualities, the early equivalent of Viagra. While cultivation credits go to the French and Southeast Asians, it is the Californians – those early-adopter foragers, cutting-edge chefs and passionate palates – that have placed these fleshy fungi on a pedestal. Continue reading

Gosset Champagne

by Paige Donner

There are two new exciting developments at Gosset Champagne. The first is its “new” cellars and the second is its brand new eco-friendly bottle labels.

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Gosset Champagne Epernay Cellars

For the “oldest wine house” (est. 1584)  in Champagne to expand much of their operations to Epernay from Aÿ, is no small feat.  It’s also not as if there are exquisite champagne cellars up for sale every day in Epernay. Most of the cellars in this quaint little Capitale du Champagne have been inhabited for centuries and mostly by the really big boys, you know the ones, the household name champagnes. Continue reading

Ciel de Paris

by Paige Donner

From about the end of the 1910s to the 1940s Montparnasse was the neighborhood that claimed the title, Place To Be. It’s where Hemingway had been hanging out the most when he wrote his friend that letter saying, “…Paris is a moveable feast.” *[Full quote on the site here].

With the recent re-opening of the 56th Floor Ciel de Paris in the Tour Montparnasse, it is once again the Place in Paris To Be.

My Review on BlackBook City Guides HERE

Christophe Marchais is still the chef here, having done his Ducasse time in Las Vegas years ago as well as time in Monaco, so the cuisine is consistently as fabulous as it always has been. Continue reading

Molecular Maestro Chef David Faure Invited to Cook For Ritz Carlton Osaka’s 15th Anniversary

In celebration of its 15th anniversary, the Ritz Carlton Osaka has invited molecular chef David Faure as one of the celebrated chefs, and the only Frenchmen among them, to help with the days-long festivities.
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David Faure of Nice’s Aphrodite Restaurant will join 6 other international chefs: Jun Yukimura (Japan), Paul Lau (Hong Kong), Sergi Arola (Spain), Erlantz Gorostiza (Spain), Christophe Gibert (Japan), and Wu Huimin (Japan)…all chefs who have either 2 or 3 stars as awarded by the Guide Michelin. Continue reading

Insider Guide to the 8th Annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival

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Discover insider tips, top picks and must-sees at this year’s Grand Tasting.  CLICK HERE to view Sam’s full Insider Guide to the Festival.   

 

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A Parisian Night of Cheese

By Paige Donner

[All photos by Paige Donner c. 2011]

Parisians are known to do things their own particular way. And when it comes to presenting their cheeses, they make no exception.

An art exhibit that opened on October 6th at LaMilkFactory in Paris’s boho chic 11th arrondissement is none other than a full art exhibit presenting imaginative ways to serve cheeses.

A staple of any French meal, cheese, does, of course, enjoy full status as a “course” all to itself in the line up of a meal. At Design Sur Un Plateau, Curator Cecile Cau, originator of the blog So Food So Good, and her co-hort, food design book author Stephane Bureaux, teamed up to imagine, envision and then carry out a food art design exhibit of “cheese platters” amongst a collaboration of 6 separate designers, all well-known in the field of gastronomy and/or design.

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Stephane Bureaux, Food Art Design Author And Cheese Platter Designer

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Germain Bourre, Consultant to Veuve Clicquot And Cheese Platter Designer

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