Eating thru the Ages

Tour

On this tour your foodgrapher will recount a story of how the History of Cuisine is connected with history over the past 2,000 years to begin in what was for long the most international city of the old world.

Discover what role food has played and how food habits have changed from Roman to medieval then to modern times, as you walk through the oldest monuments in the legendary Quartier Latin.

Price per private group of 1 to 4:

The old Roman road to the Empire’s capital still hosts a lively market today, where you will catch a first-hand glimpse of student's life in Paris. This area has been a hotspot for academics and scholars for centuries. Initially, their jokes and pranks were in Latin, the only common language between so many different nationalities, hence the name. Continue exploring the most ancient part of the city with The Arènes de Lutèce and sit on its oldest stones.

Follow your guide along to the Panthéon where “the fatherland honors its great men,” and you  discover the connections between great French men and Grande Cuisine. Once you have become acquainted with some of France’s National Heroes, continue on with a walk through the tranquil and stunning Luxembourg gardens, where you will even come to taste the fundamental Italian influences on both French Cuisine and proper etiquette.

Stop for a delicious lunch in the oldest Parisian café— sitting next to Benjamin Franklin’s very table—at the legendary Procope. Your adventure into French cuisine here will open your taste buds to the revolutionary ideas and savors cooked by the 18th century. End your meal by satisfying your sweet-tooth with arguably the best hot chocolate to be found, prepared exactly as Louis drank it in Versailles’s golden age.

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Pause at the le Café de Flore for a digestif, feeling just as if you had stepped into a Woody Allen movie. Other powerful memories linger in the place : Hemingway, Joyce, or Sartre all met just were you will enjoy coffee or cognac. Your guide will tell you everything about the stormy debates of the twentieth century in this legendary headquarter of the philosophers. Be careful, you might even feel inspired with great thoughts there!

Finally, at the end of Saint-Germain, under the almost centenary cupola of the Bon Marché,  hear about the origins of a refined and glamouros consumpmer society, right where it happened in the 19th century. 

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A spy at the restaurant

The Prince of Metternich, a famous diplomat of the Austrian empire, knew better than making a truce with the revolutionary government of Robespierre : he had dined at Barrère.

"Here is Metternich, just arrived from Paris, who says that peace ought not to be made with Robespierre."

T...  maintained the contrary.

Metternich, to confirm his own opinion, said:  "I supped at Barrère's fifteen days since, and he told me that Robespierre's government would not last six weeks."

I have never supped at Barrère's," replied T...

"It is impossible," rejoined Metternich , to understand the Revolution without having supped at Barrère's."

The Art of Dining, A. Hayward.

- One of the oldest markets in Paris

- The Roman Arena, Panthéon, Luxembourg garden.

- The oldest café/restaurant of Paris.

- Saint-Germain des Près

- Saint-Sulpice (Da Vinci Code's church).

- Food court at Le Bon Marché

Info

Available: Daily
Start Time: 9am or 2pm
Duration: 4 Hrs
Meeting Point: In front of Bistro du Marche 75bis Rue Monge, 75005
Includes: Private Guide
Excludes: Cost of Transfers, Meals,Tastings

Additional Info

 

"The cheese tasting with Virginie was magnificent! She went to so much trouble: the table was perfectly decorated and her cheeses were sublime! We couldn’t have asked for a more welcoming and charming hostess!"    
Jessica

Cafe in Montmartre

 

The new bistronomy has roots in the time just before the Revolution of 1789: at that time, the first French restaurants had only just started to appear. Following the uprising, the former servants of the aristocracy were faced with a drastically changed society, and had to find new jobs. Using their knowledge of cuisine and catering, the most enterprising became the first restaurant owners. They created the culture of gastronomy that we know today, no longer ostentatious and lavish, but a gastronomy that could be shared by all French citizens, and then by the whole world.

The creations of the new wave of bistros chefs are made up of local and seasonal products bought fresh from the day, far away from the stuffy atmosphere and painful bills of three stars restaurants.

 

 

The first restaurant in Paris opened in 1785. Its founder, M. Boulanger, came up with the new word “restaurant,” taking it from the verb “restore” (in French, “restaurer”). On the outside of his establishment a sign said in Latin : come all you who are hungry and I will restore you.

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