Walk Description

French food has a legendary status around the world. Made more accessible by Julia Child and then other foreigners, home chefs can now employ the secrets of French cuisine. Gaining these insights directly in Paris is certainly advantageous. Our market tour and cooking class, led by a seasoned chef and cookbook writer, helps reveal this exceptional world, allowing visitors to be a French chef for the day.

We will start our culinary experience at one of Paris's nicest smaller markets, where locals do their shopping. As we tour the stalls, we will discover seasonal products and food provenance, in addition to discussing French culinary philosophies and habits. Along the way, we'll certainly fill our baskets with all the necessary ingredients for our lunch.

We will then travel back to our chef's apartment where our class will take place. This offers a nice perspective on how Parisians live. Our lunch will consist of a three course meal, accompanied with cheese, bread and wine. The recipes will vary depending on the season, but a sample menu could include crispy duck served with seasonal vegetables, salad, and a Paradis chocolate cake to die for.

Once we've finished preparing our recipes, we will sit down to enjoy our culinary creations and bring our class to a close casually discussing other gastronomic or social topics over our meal.

Please indicate any food allergies or intolerances in the "Notes" box during check-out. We can work around restrictions (no gluten, no dairy, vegetarian, no seafood, etc), especially if notified in advance.

Note: When booked privately, this walk can be arranged in the late afternoon at 4:00 or 4:30 pm. In this case, instead of visiting a local market, we would include stops at various specialty food stores. We would then prepare dinner in our chef's kitchen. If this option is desired, please make the request in the "Notes" box during check-out.

Duration: 5 hours
Category: Cuisine
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    Alisa Morov

    Alisa Morov moved to France from L.A. over ten years ago and shifted her career from fashion to food. Her talent for American desserts led her to create her own catering company, Sweet Pea Baking, in 2006. Starting a trend for American baking in Paris, she was quickly recruited by French publishing house Marabout and has written three cookbooks so far. In addition to leading culinary walks she also teaches market based seasonal French cooking classes.