Isabelle - Spotlight

Isabelle - Spotlight

Bonjour, my name is Isabelle. At my parent’s, a week didn’t go by without a social gathering. It may have been a garden-party, a bridge party or a diner dance. No caterers, of course, everything was homemade! With my sisters, we learned how to put different spreads on toast, the right way of course, arrange the flowers for the tables or decorate the buffet, to say the right thing to each guest or organize an elegant picnic. As appropriate, I learned etiquette during these receptions and also had “savoir-vivre” lessons. Today, I work in public relations in Paris and the education that I received is of great use. I’ll give you several very Parisian tips…

A a few days before the publication of the 2015 Michelin Guide and its eagerly awaited list of starred restaurants, the magazine Le Chef published its list of the world’s top 100 chefs. The rankings were established by 512 international chefs, with 2 or 3 stars in the Michelin Guide. Each of these chefs selected 5 of their peers who, in their eyes, best embody the values of gastronomy, whose cuisine is a must and where it is essential to have eaten.

For a very long time in France, cheese was considered food for the masses, and therefore actually low-class. Until the French Revolution (1780), cheese was hardly mentioned in French menus. However, for a large part of the French population, cheese constituted the only source of protein in their diets. Nonetheless, certain dairy products, such as crème fraiche (sort of like our sour cream) and fresh soft cheeses (akin to our cream cheese or cottage cheese) were considered worthy of aristocratic palates.

In French culture, there are rules about how certain foods are to be served at formal occasions. The most difficult dishes to serve are not necessarily the most difficult to enjoy. Serving grapefruit, a nougat glacé or a cantaloupe to Parisian guests? In French tradition, there’s special etiquette for serving these dishes. Here are a few do’s and don’ts for the perfect hostess or host…

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