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Paris Gourmet Celebrates Bastille Day!

Posted by Bea Davis on Jul 13, 2020 5:30:33 PM

Bastille Day

Since July 14, 1789 the French have celebrated on this day as it became The French National Day and the anniversary of Storming of the Bastille. It was a turning point of the French Revolution and celebrates the unity of the French people every July 14th. Paris Gourmet has celebrated with their customers in the past with games of petanque, drinks, and delicious food to consume. Listed below are links on articles on how to celebrate this years Bastille Day. Bon apetit!

PG Bastille Day

Celebrate Bastille Day Links:

Tres French Ways to Celebrate Bastille Day- Time Out New York

Celebrate Bastille Day- FrenchCulture.Org

Le District - The Go To Spot For All Your French Delicacies

Topics: holiday, Bastille Day

Malongo Coffee Outdoor Dining Umbrellas- limited availability!

Posted by Bea Davis on Jul 2, 2020 5:04:28 PM

Be prepared for rain or shine...

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Malongo Coffee supports foodservice operators around the world as we begin again.  These seven foot outdoor umbrellas will be provided free of charge (stand and delivery included) in the New York tristate area.

SEND ME AN UMBRELLA!

Malongo Umbrella with stand

Malongo HD

 

Restaurant QR Codes Is Essential To Dine At Jean- Georges Restaurants

Posted by Bea Davis on Jun 25, 2020 11:54:37 AM

Jean- Georges

Chef Jean- Georges is known for his restaurant empire in New York City and overseas. Due to the current events, his two restaurants in Shanghai, China were the first to close and he had to act fast in order to adapt. Now with his experience oversea's, Jean- George has an effective game plan using QR codes to reopen 15 of his restaurants with outdoor seating. The purpose is eliminate the usage of menus and maintain social distancing as much as possible. For more information see the links below for the articles on this topic.

CNBC.com Chef Jean Georges to use QR Codes to Limit Contact in Restaurants

QRCodePress.com Restaurant QR Codes Play Central Role in Chef Jean Georges NYC Reopening

Topics: QR Codes, Outdoor Dining, Jean-Georges

How to Reopen Your Restaurant

Posted by Bea Davis on Jun 9, 2020 10:43:21 AM

Some helpful resources

Table settings on white linen at outdoor restaurant

Restaurants around the country are getting ready to reopen, or are open already. Here are several resources to help you know how to do it.

Please reach out to your local health authorities for the most complete and updated information

The National Restaurant Association Reopening Guidance

Eater: Where Restaurants Have Reopened Across The US

QSR Magazine: A Step-by-Step Playbook for Reopening you Restaurant 

The NYT: See How All 50 States are Reopening

 

Topics: Restaurant News, reopening, nra

Think Chocolate! with Pastry Chef Eric Bertoia

Posted by Bea Davis on Jun 5, 2020 10:36:56 AM

Chef Bertoia uses Cacao Noel to riff on a classic

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Think Chocolate!
with Pastry Chef Eric Bertoia
Paris Gourmet - Cacao Noel

Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 PM EST

Chef Bertoia invites you to join him for an evening of pastry.
Hear about his illustrious career in pastry arts and learn how to make a delectable chocolate cake based on the famous Lu Pim's cookies.

French-born Chef Bertoia is a veteran of 2 and 3 Michelin-star restaurants including Auberge de Templiers (Boismorand), La Pyramide (Vienne), L’Oustau de Baumaniere (Baux de Provence), Le Taillevent (Paris) and Hotel Ritz Escoffier (Paris).

For 15 years, he was the corporate pastry chef at The Dinex Group where he opened and managed 15 restaurants and 2 Epiceries Boulud around the world. Today, Chef Bertoia is the Corporate Pastry Chef for specialty food importer, Paris Gourmet.

With his experience and versatility, Chef Eric bridges classic French patisserie and flourishing modern American pastry.

JOIN ZOOM MEETING HERE

Meeting ID: 864 6139 0711 / Password: 163542

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Topics: Techniques, Cacao Noel, Events, education, trends, chocolate, les dames d'escoffier, eric bertoia

David Chang's New Memoir Highlights Mental Health

Posted by Bea Davis on Jun 4, 2020 6:00:00 AM

The issue is moving to the front of industry discussions

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Photo credit: Netflix

Recently, David Chang released his memoir Eat a Peach, in which the chef and restauranteur dives deep into not only the challenges he faced while building his Momofuku empire, but also his lifelong struggles with depression.  His is the most recent  example of how this important issue is beginning to be talked about seriously, if not openly, within food service industry. 

According to the National Institute of Mental  Health, nearly one in five U.S. adults live with a mental illness (46.6 million in 2017 [the most recent year statistics are available]). A survey by Mental Health America shows that service workers in tipped environments are more likely to develop mental illness than those in non-tipped, salaried industries. They are also likely to have the highest rates of heavy alcohol consumption.  Historically, and largely still, the restaurant industry has valued long working hours in high-stress, "make-you-or-break-you" environments, believing that if you can't make it you probably weren't cut out for the kitchen to begin with. 

Things are slowly starting to change. Programs like "I Got Your Back" and "Chefs With Issues" are attempting to open up conversations around the topic and provide support. With a high-profile chef like David Chang entering the discussion, progress continues. 

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.

Topics: Restaurant News, david chang, mental health

Meal Kits Is The New Mis En Place

Posted by Bea Davis on Jun 2, 2020 9:30:00 AM

mis en place take out

@renatapdx

As time passes our passion for cooking at home continues, but shopping for certain ingredients lacks hope due to inconsistency of sourcing products. So what does one do when they want to cook a delicious meal for their loved ones while in quarantine? The answer is... think locally!

Thanks to companies like Hello Fresh and Blue Apron who paved the way and became pioneers for home cooks to produce quality meals with the convenience of not only having it delivered to your front door, but have all the ingredients measured and ready to throw in the pan. Now, local restaurants are taking a page from that book and starting to supply their neighborhoods with meal kits in both savory meals and sweet treats ready to cook and consume.

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Listed below is Paris Gourmet's recommendations of where to get your local "mis en place". So start clicking and planning your meals for this week... bon appetit!

***Did we miss a neighborhood favorite spot of yours? Feel free to comment below where to go and what you suggest to order.***

APPS & MAIN COURSE MEAL KITS

Brooklyn Benchmark Brooklyn, NY

COTE NYC, NY

Sous Vide Kitchen NYC, NY

BREADS & DESSERT MEAL KITS

Plum and Honey Brooklyn, NY

L' imprimerie Brooklyn, NY

ARTICLES THAT FEATURE MORE MEAL KITS

Eater.com NYC Restaurant Family Style Meal Kit

Theinfatuation.com 54 Restaurants Selling Groceries and Meal Kits

Newsday.com Long Island Restaurants Meal Kits

Purewow.com NYC Meal Kits

Topics: New York City, Restaurant News, Oils, condiments, cheese, Seafood, chef, Cookies, chocolate, bread, Butter, Staten Island, cake, Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, New Jersey

LET THEM EAT CAKE! ... 2ND SERVING!

Posted by Bea Davis on May 28, 2020 9:30:00 AM

 

The New York Times

NYTimes.com

🍰You can never say "no" to a second serving of cake!  So by popular demand, see below for additional places for round 2 of cake.  Did we miss a favorite place of yours?  Feel free to add it on the comments below and don't forget to add your type of cake as well!🍰

 

Marie Antoinette may have rubbed France the wrong way, but the woman was right about one thing... cake! Cake is known as comfort food and of course, mandatory for birthdays. From small cakes to big cakes, individual slices to cupcakes, covered in frosting with sprinkles or a chocolate glaze, the possibilities are endless. Here are Paris Gourmet's suggestions on where to get your cake cravings either picked up or delivered to your front door. Don't forget your glass of milk and enjoy!

 

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*Please note that the locations listed may offer delivery to other boroughs*

NEW YORK CITY

Eileen's Special Cheesecake Soho

Lady M Bryant Park

Barachou Upper West Side

Dominique Ansel Bakery Soho

Huascar & Co Bakeshop Hell's Kitchen

Patisserie Chanson Flat Iron District

La Bergamote Chelsea, Midtown West

Mille - Feuille Bakery Cafe Upper West Side, Greenwich Village

Choc NYC, Inwood

By The Way Bakery, Upper West Side & Upper East Side

 

 

BROOKLYN

Pasticceria Monteleone Carroll Gardens

The Chocolate Room Park Slope, Cobble Hill

Buttermilk Bakeshop Park Slope

Martha's Country Bakery Williamsburg

Blue Sky Bakery Park Slope

Le French Tart Park Slope

Mia's Bakery Cobble Hill

Colson Patisserie, Park Slope & Industry City

 

 

QUEENS

Cannelle Patisserie Long Island City, Jackson Heights

Panepinto Bakery Middle Village

Queens Bakehouse Astoria

Sans Bakery Long Island City

Biskoti Bakery Cafe Astoria

Martha's Country Bakery Astoria, Bayside, Forest Hills

Astoria Bakery & Cafe Astoria

Farine Baking Company Jackson Heights

The French Workshop Bayside

 

LONG ISLAND

Dortoni Bakery Levittown, Commack

Malverne Bakery Malverne

Sweet Karma Desserts Plainview

The French Workshop Garden City

Mademoiselle Patisserie, Patchogue

Carissa's The Bakery, East Hampton

The Beach Bakery Cafe, Westhampton Beach

 

WESTCHESTER

La Tulipe Desserts Mt. Kisco

Martine's Fine Bake Shoppe Tuckahoe, Eastchester, Scarsdale, Bronxville, Crestwood

By The Way Bakery , Hastings -On- Hudson

 

 

STATEN ISLAND

Royal Crown Bakery Cafe Hyland Blvd

Bruno's Bakery & Restaurant Hyland Blvd

 

NEW JERSEY

Delice Macarons Cranford

L'atelier Du Chocolat Jersey City

Calandra's Bakery Newark, Caldwell, Fairfield

Antoinette Boulangerie Red Bank

Calandra's Italian Village Caldwell

JB Bakery Burlington

Cafe Du Pain Bakery Lawrenceville

502 Baking Company Brick Township

The Vintage Cake,  Atlantic Highlands

 

 

PENNSYLVANIA

Colonial Farms Gourmet Foods Washington Crossing

Isgro Pastries Philadelphia

The Sweet Life Bakeshop Philadelphia

Termini Brothers Bakery Philadelphia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Topics: New York City, deliveries, Staten Island, cake, delivery, take out, pick up, curbside, Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, New Jersey, Philadelphia

What we're reading...

Posted by Bea Davis on May 26, 2020 10:21:45 AM

...and watching, and listening to...

Children reading books at park against trees and meadow in the park

Maybe you've got extra time on your hands right now. Maybe you're bored with your media selections right now. Maybe you want to expand your food horizons. Whatever the reason, Paris Gourmet is here to help.

Here is a short list of just a few of the things that we're reading, watching, and listening to so that we can stay up-to-date with all the latest happenings in the food world.

A great new documentary about food icon Diana Kennedy
https://www.eater.com/2020/5/22/21267853/nothing-fancy-diana-kennedy-documentary

All things food-nerd from our friends at Heritage Radio Network
https://heritageradionetwork.org/

One possible future for restaurants post-quarantine
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/18/dining/restaurants-masks-coronavirus.html

The best baking books for beginners (and maybe the more experienced)

https://bit.ly/3c0hEgd

A few classic food movies to catch up on

https://bit.ly/2LXjSlF

 

Topics: Curiosity, chef movies, cookbook, hrn

Memorial Day 2020

Posted by Bea Davis on May 21, 2020 10:18:43 AM

It may look different, but the celebration is the same.

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Parades. Remembrances. Family Barbecues. Theses are all the hallmarks of a typical Memorial Day celebration. But how we celebrate Memorial Day 2020 with be very different from years past. How will it maintain its special place in American hearts, not only as a day to remember America's heroes, but also as the unofficial start of summer? 

Screen Shot 2020-05-21 at 9.35.00 AM"It is unclear where exactly this tradition originated; numerous different communities may have independently initiated the memorial gatherings. And some records show that one of the earliest Memorial Day commemoration was organized by a group of freed slaves in Charleston, South Carolina less than a month after the Confederacy surrendered in 1865. Nevertheless, in 1966 the federal government declared Waterloo, New York, the official birthplace of Memorial Day." (History.com)

In the beginning , the day (known at that time as Decoration Day) was celebrated every year on May 30th, regardless of the day of the week.  In 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May in order to create a three-day weekend for federal employees; the change went into effect in 1971. The same law also declared Memorial Day a federal holiday.

And as with any holiday, food (and group celebrations) have always played a large part. Whether it's with typical cookout fare of "burgers and dogs," or more traditional barbecue like ribs or briskets, Americans have used this day to come together. 

If you're going to have a small gathering of people over for a cookout, here's a great discussion about how to do so safely. If you'd rather bring in food from a local restaurant, there are great options available. Our friends at Eater have covered a lot of barbecue over the years. Here's a link to some of their recent coverage of great barbecue around the country that may help you get your fix this weekend.

Whatever you do, and however you celebrate, stay safe, eat well, and raise a glass to the brave men and women of our armed forces. 

Topics: seasonal, Memorial Day, holiday, celebration

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