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Le Foodist Reviews

Some Early Review of Le Foodist "Once Upon a Table" Dinners

Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions

Cancellation Policy:

Because we run small groups, a cancellation at the last minute is a bit of a challenge for both us and other potential participants who did not get a chance to sign-up because the class might have been full for example. Hence, we have developed the following approach:

Please send your notification of cancellation to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Any cancellation at least 10 days prior to the class will result in an immediate full reimbursement

Cancellation between 10 and 3 days prior to the class will result in a 50% partial refund, usable against another Le Foodist experience

Cancellation within less than 3 days prior to the class will not result in any refund, sorry

 

Minimum Number of Participants:

We require a minimum number of participants to guarantee the classes will take place.

As an indication the numbers are: 3 for Market Visit and French Cooking Class, 4 for French Cooking Class and Lunch (without Market visit), 4 for our Advanced Macarons Class, 4 for our Macarons in Paris and our Chocolate Eclairs Class, 5 for a Wine and Cheese experience, 8 for a Hosted Dinner.

Hence if you have booked for that number of people, you are sure the class will take place.

If you have not booked for that number, do not worry too much – most of our classes get enough participants, and if they do not we make every effort to let you know in time so you can re-organize yourself.

 

Special Dietary Needs:

While we will try our best to satisfy most special dietary need, we do not guarantee we will be able to do so, and ask that you let us know about those prior to booking to confirm. Failure to do this might result not being able to accommodate your needs but will not warrant a refund. Please note we can not accomodate Vegan or Cow Dairy Free diets in our regular classes.

If on the other hand you let us know at least 72 hours prior to the class, and for some reason we can not fulfil your specific needs on the day of class you have chosen, we will provide either an alternative date or a full reimbursement.

 

Children:

We do accept children 12 and above with their parents; each child less than 16 needs to be accompanied by one parent.  Please contact us if you have questions and / or specific needs regarding your children.

Eye Prefer Paris

Once Upon a Table

By Richard Nahem, Eye Prefer Paris, December 2012

Jonny Smelling WineEver since The Hidden Kitchen launched in 2007, the concept of community dining with strangers has taken Paris by storm. Similar types of events have sprung up all over the city and many new cafes, restaurants, and coffee bars have long, community tables, begging you to not quite love thy neighbor, but at least possibly strike up a conversation with them.

I was invited to the newest version of this concept last week called Once Upon a Table and it took place on a sleekly converted barge on the Seine on the Quai Montebello in the Latin Quarter. I arrived near 8PM and found most of the 13 participants mingling on the deck of the boat. I was first struck by the awesome night view of Notre Dame all lit up. [...] 

The thing that sets apart Once Upon a Table is that it gives an historical background about the foods you are tasting and how certain popular dishes came to be what they are today. [...]

Carpaccio de St JacquesMax, who was our chef for the evening, trained with Alain Passard at l’Arpege, and Laserre with Christopher Moret, and currently works at the George V hotel. His highly regarded training grounds have paid off handsomely, because the food was excellent, well executed, and thoughtfully prepared. Each course was special and could stand on its own yet the combination of the flavors and courses worked terrific together for a well rounded, satisfying dining experience. I see a bright future for this talented chef. [...]

This was a fun and educational experience and I highly recommend Once Upon a Table if you want an out of the ordinary dining event.

For now dinners are scheduled on Monday nights, which is great because many of the better restaurants close on Monday.

Here you can read the full article from Eye Prefer Paris

Bonjour Paris

La Péniche and Le Foodist

By Loui Franke, for Bonjour Paris, December 2012

Photo of Guests from Article Bonjour Paris

Every once in awhile someone comes up with a really great concept and I tip my hat to Fred Pouillot for his creation of Le Foodist. An evening with Fred will open doors to french culture through food and wine by offering unique taste experiences accompanied by entertaining stories on history, culture, food and wine. Sharing Fred’s passion for food and his knowledge will bring you to a new level of dining appreciation.

The current home for Le Foodist is the adorable péniche, Bateau Daphné, just by the Batobus (or water taxi) stop for Notre Dame called Quai Montebello. This was my first time on a péniche which is one of the flat bottom barges commonly seen on the Seine. The top deck of the boat serves as a delightful starting point for an aperitif with first rate views of Notre Dame. As chilly as it has been in Paris, it was difficult to leave the beauty of the Seine and Notre Dame and descend into the warm cozy dining salon.

While this is such a nice review it is almost embarassing ... we encourage you to read the full article on the Bonjour Paris Website

 

Secrets of Paris

French Culture through Food & Wine

By Heather Stimmler Hall, Secrets of Paris, October 2012

As a tour guide, I try and recount the history Paris in a way that provides context for my clients so that they understand why it’s important. Just shooting off a long list of kings and dates and battles leaves people more confused than anything. The “why” often goes unanswered (if it’s asked at all). With food and wine, most people think it’s fine as long as it’s good. But I disagree. And so does Fred of Le Foodist, a new dining and wine tasting experience where guests “Discover Culture Through Food”. Image used in Secrets of Paris October 2012After living in many different countries around the world (including the US, where he met his British wife), this Frenchman has returned home eager to share his culture with English-speaking visitors through his Daring Pairings (wine pairings with cheese, chocolate, etc) and Once Upon A Table (5-course meals with wine), prepared by an expert chef aboard a boat moored at the foot of Notre Dame. Instead of telling you what you’re eating and how it was made, he tells you the history behind the classic French dishes and wines. I learned more about the origins of French food in one meal than I knew after living here for 17 years! And don’t think that it’s all dry academia. Fred and his sommelier Stephan create a fun, informal, and welcoming atmosphere, making us laugh with their anecdotes and memorable explanations.

The Daring Parings are at 6pm on Mondays, the Once Upon a Table at 8pm on Mondays; bookings are only open to about 12 participants to keep things intimate. If you’re interested in being one of the first guests, reservations open to the public in mid-November. Cooking and pastry classes will eventually be added to the calendar as well.

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