Lunch with Chef Alain Passard at his garden in Normandy
Jul 8 – 9
Join us for a magnificent long lunch with three Michelin starred “vegetable king” Alain Passard, as well as a very special dinner at Le Duc, the legendary seafood institution and one of my favourite restaurants in Paris.
The star of the show will be a unique lunch with Alain Passard – a decadent affair which will take the best part of the afternoon as we taste the vegetable and herbs-centric cooking of the three Michelin-starred chef. Known as the “vegetable King”, Passard’s cooking philosophy is deeply connected to the produce he grows. As such, we’ll also take a long lunch at his garden in Normandy, where the secrets of the freshness and uniqueness of his cooking are hidden.
The night before, we’ll sit down together for a specially curated dinner at the iconic Le Duc in Paris, where its head chef Pacal Helard will create a unique and an unprecedented tasting menu from the best seasonal ingredients and the catch of the day. Le Duc is known to be the first to serve raw fish in Paris in the sixties as well as cook it in the lighter, modern way.
Finally, we’ll wrap up the culinary weekend with a visit to one of my favourite, traditional and old-school Parisian bistros.
A maître rôtisseur, Passard opened his much-revered Paris restaurant l’Arpège in 1986 and quickly made a name for himself with his impeccable slow-roasted meats. Then in 2001, he stunned the food world when he announced that red meat and fish would no longer appear on his menu. He seemed like an eccentric outlier at a time when molecular cuisine and meaty mains were, quite literally, on everyone’s lips.
Passard may have been ahead of his time, but his dedication and artistry in all things vegetable have taken root. It’s a delight to see the number of restaurant-owned farms cropping up across the world, as more and more chefs realize that Passard was onto something when he walked away from meat all those years ago. Today he’s looked at as the pioneer of back-to-the-land cooking, not only for his emphasis on vegetables, but also for his commitment to cultivating them with the utmost respect.
On this trip, we’ll get into Alain Passard’s world of creativity as we visit his vegetable garden in Bois Giroult, where the real magic happens with fruits, herbs and vegetables. He cultivates more than 500 varieties of vegetables in his garden, each with their unique qualities that bring particular richness to his menus and surprise the taste buds in the most unimaginable ways.
The guests are offered to stay at Sofitel Paris le Faubourg, a 5-star hotel which enjoys an ideal location, between the legendary Avenue des Champs Elysées and the Faubourg Saint-Honoré. The hotel occupies 2 private mansions dating from the 18th and 19th. Equipped with air conditioning, the rooms and suites of the Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg are decorated in an haute couture style and have been completely renovated by renowned interior designer Didier Gomez.
Sofitel Paris le Faubourg can be booked separately at special rates. Please write to email@example.com for more information.
The ticket price includes all food and beverages on the set menus during the tour, taxes, transportation to Normandy and back. The ticket price does not include flight tickets, accommodation, travel or medical insurance, transportation to and from the airport.
Refund policy. Cancellations before 8th June will receive an 80% refund; cancellations from 9th June onwards will not be refunded.
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