A New Year’s Wedding in Paris

An Australian couple kicked off Fête in France’s 2010 weddings.  They braved the cold Parisian weather for a heart-warming ceremony with a group of close friends and spent the crisp clear winter afternoon taking pictures around Paris with One and Only Paris Photography.

Reinauguration of a classic Parisian wedding venue

Last evening Fête in France attended the reinauguration of one of the classic wedding venues in Paris – in fact Anne’s parents-in-law had their wedding there over 50 years ago! This venue doubles as the alumni club of one of France’s prestigious grande écoles.

We were treated to champagne and canapés and chef’s stations that couldn’t manage to churn out the nibbles fast enough (our favorite: crab & caviar served on a potato chip!) We were also treated to some classic quadrille dancing by current students, smartly dressed in uniforms and long red dresses.

The rooms on the main floor have been beautifully restored and the hand-applied gilt details sparkled in the chandelier light. The blue room also caught our eye – very Marie Antoinette!

Gourmet nights: there’s a chef in the kitchen!

A friend of Fête in France’s recently hosted a dinner party at his apartment – a pretty standard occurrence in Paris – except for the fact that a professional chef prepared all the food and wine pairings.

Whatever you call them – “hidden kitchens” or “secret supper clubs” or “gourmet nights” – they are a great way to spend an evening with friends in a nice, homey setting.

Our menu included two different amuse gueules, a delicious velvety asparagus & leek soup, wonderfully seasoned lamb chops, a selection of the *best* cheese I’ve had in a long time, and a decadent chocolate semi-freddo for dessert.  Throughout the dinner we were bien arrosé with champagne and wine and finished off the evening with digestifs of Calvados and Croatian liqueur.

A gourmand way to start the year – balanced out by healthy eating the rest of the week!

Tip: If your group is vacationing in Paris and your vacation rental has the kitchen space, hiring a chef for a private meal can be a memorable part of your trip!

Modern Vintage photography

Visit any blog posting “real wedding” photos and you’ll see that the latest rage in wedding photography is “modern vintage”.  This textured and poetic style was perfectly executed by one of our favorite photographers, Kevin Hulett.  He captured the dream-like wedding of Lisa & Pat who, with their baby Evan and two friends, had an intimate ceremony in Paris back in September.

Ringing in 2010 with New Year’s Eve at a Château in Burgundy

Bonne Année 2010!

gourmet dinner and dancing in the Salon des Tapisseries

Gourmet dinner and dancing in the Salon des Tapisseries

Happy New Year to all you blog readers out there. Fête in France rang in the 2010 with a gourmet dinner and dancing at a château in Burgundy located in the heart of the wine country, between Beaune and Dijon.

Set among the Grand Cru vineyards, we dined on the chef’s carefully crafted 6 course tasting menu and greatly appreciated the wine pairings of excellent Burgundy 1er crus or Grand Crus…or was that 1er Grand Cru? You’ll have to excuse us because it’s all a little fuzzy by the time you make it to the cheese course. Good thing there was a live band to help us work off some of those desserts!