09 Jul Paris Catering Shopping Guide
Paris, city of light, city of love, but most of all- CITY OF DELICIOUS THINGS!
Galeries Lafayette Gourmet Haussmen
5 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris, France
This one-stop shop for all of Paris’ most decadent indulgences (Pierre Hermé macarons, lemon-yuzu eclairs, pâtés, Petrossian caviar and smoked salmon, wine and Champagne) also has a gourmet food court where you can feast on delicacies as varied as oysters, charcuterie, dim sum and sizzling steaks from the butcher shop. I even purchased a Chocolate Eiffel Tower here! If you have limited layover time, this is the only place you need to go.
La Grande Epicerie de Paris
38 Rue de Sèvres, 75007 Paris | 80 Rue de Passy, 75016 Paris
Basically the French Version of Whole Foods. Here you won’t just find ready to eat fresh foods and gourmet condiments. An entire side of beef was hanging in the butcher area, ready to be made into steaks and roasts etc… In the cheese section a special climate controlled case held enormous rounds of cheeses. Fresh seafood was displayed in the seafood section – so fresh it looked just caught. A case of fresh pastas spanned some 20 feet. You’ll find so many different types of bottled water, many of which I’d never heard of before. And of course there is also wine….and a great selection of it. Oh and the pastry section? Don’t even get me started. In a word, sublime .If you are staying at the Marriott Rive Gauge (as a lot of crews tend to do, there is a location near by!).
30 Place de la Madeleine
Foodies will love Fauchon’s unique culinary products, such as its rose petal jams, chocolates, etc. The top floor is a take-out gourmet deli, perfect for grabbing a few crew meals or French Baguette Sandwiches for your guests! The cafe itself is Instagrammable from every angle, little details of pink flutter the entire store and brand. My personal favorite Fauchon product to procure for any flight? The Eclairs.
93 Boulevard Beaumarchais- You can also order online here!
By now you are starting to see a trend among my recommendations, cheese, charcuterie, bakery, deli, fruit and vegetables…. its all here. However, I love the charming and small marketplace feel of Maison Plisson, you feel as though you are transported back to the grocery aisles that perhaps Julia Childs strolled when picking out her ingredients. Another reason to love this marketplace is because everything in it is farm to table.
18-20 Rue Coquillière, 75001 Paris
Julia Child shopped here in the past. Ina Gartin shops today. Just about anything a cook-professional or home would need. If William Sonoma and Sur La Table gets you pumped then this is a must visit while in Paris.
#FlightessPhilosophy– If you can’t plate something beautifully, change the vessel in which you present it in.
Beef Stroganoff ( and similar foods) will never be dotted, smeared, or finessed onto a plate in a modern way, however, put it in a mini copper oven-to-table vessel and boom, it is GORGEOUS. E. Dehillerin is amazing for finding those pieces for plating. It’s worth the extra 10 euro splurge within your catering budget I promise.
Restaurants [that do] Take-Away
If you have ever tried to source take-away catering in Paris from restaurants, you know the struggle. Many restaurants do not allow it as they fear it won’t be handled properly and the Chef’s work and integrity will therefore be contaminated. I have a few of my go-to restaurants that do fabulous take-away listed here:
2 Rue de Marignan
There are a ton of beautiful flower shops in Paris, but none of them have the elegance and beauty of Vogel Fleurs. Their flowers are truly outstanding in quality and appearance and the skill and ability they have to create unique, modern arrangements is unparalleled. Psst L’Avenue is right around the corner, while you’re waiting for your arrangement go sip on a glass of Champagne and people watch!