Alternative food adventures in Paris

How did I miss this thread? Thank you!

Of course, I had no idea about Maille. That makes me sad.

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Taste of Paris Festival
11-16 February, 2016
Grand Palais

Entry fee:
Lunch Session (11:30am-4pm) 15€.
Dinner Session (7pm-11.30pm): 18€. Dishes priced between 5€-12€.
The “Gourmet Pass” costs 45€ (and includes a credit of 35€).
The “Premium Pass” costs 138€ (and includes queue-jump Laurent Perrier Champagne Bar and a credit of 45€).

Imagine, under the glass roof of the magnificent Grand Palais, being able to eat chez Alain Ducasse and Romain Meder (Alain Ducasse at the Plaza Athénée); Guy Savoy (La Monnaie de Paris); Thierry Marx (Mandarin Oriental); Fréderic Anton (Le Pré Catalan); and young talent such as Stéphanie Le Quellec (La Scène, Prince de Galles); Pierre Sang Boyer (Pierre Sang on Gambey); Julien Dumas (Executive chef at Lucas Carton); Juan Arbelaez (Plantxa); Thibault Sombardier (Antoine & Mensae;) Kei Kobayashi (Kei); Riuji Teshima (Pages); Rafael Gomes (Executive chef at Mauro Colagreco’s Grand Coeur); Nicolas Beaumann (Maison Rostang); Sébastien Gravé (Pottoka); Hervé Rodriguez (MaSa); pastry talent Yann Couvreur and the talented beau Brit chef Daniel Morgan at SALT… - from Bonjour Paris

Further information, booking:

If you are in Paris in March, there will be the Omnivore World Tour Paris 5-7 March

Speakers are chefs from every part of the world.
The 3-day programme is here:

1-day pass is 39€
3-day pass is 99€

There will be 3 Pop Up Dinners:

5 March - Marc-Olivier Frappier from Liverpool House (Montréal, Canada) and Florent Ladeyn of Le Vert Mont (Boeschepe, France) 85€ (5 course meal with wine)

6 March - Daniel Burns of Luksus (New York), John Shields and Karen Urie Shields of Smyth (Chicago) and David Toutain (Paris) 110 € (6 course meal with wine)

7 March - Gert de Mangeleer of Hertog Jan (Zedelgem, Belgique), Sander Goossens of Domestic Bakkerij (Anvers, Blgique), Vilhjalmur Sigurdarson of Souvenir (Ypres, Belgique) 85€ (6 course meal with wine)

Reservation is opened now, via the hotline or email
More info here:


4 Fucking Dinners:

4 March - Taku Sekine of Dersou (Paris) and Bao La of Le Garçon Saigon (Hong Kong)

6 March - Atsushi Tanaka of Restaurant A.T. (Paris) and Arnaud Laverdin of La Bijouterie (Lyon)

7 March - Mauricio Zillo of A Mère (Paris) and Alberto Landgraf of Oteque (Rio de Janeiro)

8 March - Sugio Yamaguchi of Botanique (Paris) and Alexandre Philippe, Yohan Lastre of Lastre Sans Apostrophe (Paris)

Get tired of eating in fancy restaurant with wonderful food and nice decoration? Here is a place for you if you like more edgy hippy adventures.

Do you know Freegan Pony? It first started as a squat restaurant with a social cause - reduce food waste. Tucked away in an empty building in the 19th district, volunteers get hold of the fruits and vegetables normally going to the trash from the Rungis wholesale market, transport them. Some volunteer chefs liked would transform what they can into lovely vegetarian dishes! You decide the amount you would like to pay after the meal. Usually opened on Friday and the weekend, it was closed since last June for some work done (in reality legalise the restaurant), recently I heard they will be reopening soon (march?).

I don’t know if there is the same kind of movement in other countries. Personally I’m curious.

More information on their Facebook page.

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This year’s Taste of Paris Festival will be 18 - 21 May in Grand Palais. Tickets are on sale now. If you want to attend, go early…we were at Taste of Bordeaux, we had mostly the dessert when we arrived for a late lunch.

"The World’s Greatest Restaurant Festival

Enjoy signature dishes from the city’s finest restaurants, learn tricks of the trade from world-class chefs and sample gourmet food and drink producers all in one stunning setting.

Whether you’re a well-dined gourmand, a new-found food lover or simply looking for a good time with friends, there’s something for everybody at Taste."

Read more at :

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Once or twice a month, on Thursday night (between 18h - 22h30), the streets between the metro stations Menilmontant and Couronnes in Paris transform into food streets, with the installations of around 20 food stalls similar in a market, selling freshly prepared food from different cuisines. You can sit at the commun tables or take-away. The price is under 10€ for each portion. This is to imitate the street food culture we can find in other countries.

For the next date or more information, you can find it on their official website:

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Photo: Le Food Market - Puxan BC

In the eastern Paris Belleville district, metro station line 2

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This would be great, since we’ll be in Paris on 9 November. But friends have invited us to dinner on that evening, so we’ll have to miss it. Maybe next year.

The tickets for the festival Taste of Paris 17-20 May 2018 at Grand Palais is now on sell. Interesting event if you want to attend some cooking workshops, to taste and meet some of the star chefs’ creation. Chefs include Pierre Sang Boyer, William Ledeuil, Tomy Gousset, Thierry Marx, Kei Kobayashi, Grégory Marchand, Frédéric Anton, Romain Meder… to name a few.


If you like sweets and if you will be in Paris in June, this food fair is for you. Salon de la pâtisserie will be held in Parc des Expositions, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15, from 15 - 17 June, 2018.

Events including sweet art trends with tradition and creative pastries, pastries classes, workshops for children, thematic master class, of course, you will be able to taste and be in touch with the artisans.

More information (in French):

Official site:

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Another food expo on cake design, Salon Sugar Paris will be held from 20 - 22 April 2018, Parc Floral in Vincennes near Paris.

Tickets on sale now on their official website.

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For cocktail lovers, Paris cocktail week starts tomorrow: 20 - 27 January (and January each year). Download the free pass in their site and enjoy discount in 75 Parisian bars. A few events organised including demonstrations, workshops, meeting the star bartenders/chefs, book signatures…


More information:

so wish I could hop a flight and be there . . . thanks for posting, I’ll be living vicariously on this one.

Omnivore World tour Paris 2018 - March 4 - 6


The line-up of the first day is interesting.
Sunday 4 March
Anne-Sophie Pic, Sébastien Bras, Florent Ladeyn (final of Top Chef), Vivien Durand…

Monday 5 March
William Ledeuil, Alexandre Gauthier…

Tuesday 6 March
Grégory Marchand, Jean-François Piège, Pascal Barbot…

More information on the site for others chefs, pastry chefs, cocktail, artisan, wine tasting. Parties and dinners…

Tickets on sale now.

Ground Control will be in the same place for the next 2 years in the terrace of Halle Charolais near Gare de Lyon (a secret SNCF Immobilier venue) nestled in Paris 12th arrondissement. Activities include DJings on Fridays or weekends evenings or other workshop activities during the day, food are street food style. Note that La Résidence is a refugee project overlooked by chef Stéphane Jégo (L’Ami Jean), chefs are trained cooking Syrian cuisine.

But what does Ground Control have in store for us? The multidisciplinary and independent place will reveal a 1,500-sqm terrace and for the first time, it will be set inside Halle Charolais offering then indoor spaces covering over 4,500-sqm!

On the menu:

Halle à Manger: to share and enjoy large guest wooden tables; with Faggio (traditional pizza), Mr Zhao (modern Chinese), Solina (fresh pasta with ancient wheat), Chilam (100% homemade Mexican), Table Nali (African fusion), or world cuisine cooked by refuged chefs (La Résidence)

En savoir plus sur

A wine bar (Le Décanteur) and a cocktail bar like a speakeasy in a… plane (lLong Courrier) and the Ground Epicerie to have a snack.
En savoir plus sur


Restaurants: RØK by WoodMen (Danish cuisine) , rozell & co (organic and plain butter buckwheat pancakes), peppa porchetta (Italian), the asado club (Argentinian BBQ by the Carbon team), l’huitrerie des frères besson…

Ground Control
81, rue du Charolais
75012 Paris

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Cocktail Street - 3rd Edition
21- 24 September 2018
Les Docks – Cité de la Mode et du Design
34, quai d’Austerlitz
Paris 13e

Bars participating include:
The Public House
Experimental Cocktail Club

Street food include:
Paris-New York - burgers in NY style

Yemma - Moroccan café: flaky Moroccan pancake garnished with roast vegetables, crudités marinated in spices or orange blossom, pickles and kefta or confit lemon chicken

Pokawa - Hawaii poke bowls

Frenchie to go - Reuben (a New York-style house pastrami sandwich), sauerkraut and beef hot dogs, and buttery corn on the cob…

Aji Dulce - Venezuelan cuisine: maize doughs are stuffed with pabellon (slow-stewed beef with kidney beans and plantain banana), avocado and Venezuelan cheese, or reina pepiada (pulled chicken, avocado, lime and coriander)

Son of a Beast - flavors of Chinese, Korean and Thai specialties with meats. Korean-style marinated ribs and kimchi Black Angus beef brisket served with spicy coleslaw

80 Ottanta - Italian

Mr. Zhao - Chinese Xi’an cuisine (see report here)

Pretty decent list of participants.

Note that Whisky Live is just around the corner 22 - 23 Sept (24 Sept reserved for professional)

For chocolate and sweet lovers:

Salon du chocolat
31 Oct - 4 Nov 2018
Porte de Versailles Exhibition Center
75015 Paris