Le Foodist—What A Great Parisian Experience

Le Foodist, Paris France
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I often say, “I just eat to live” rather than “I live (!) to eat”. However, maybe I am in denial. I keep blogging about food and doing “food” experiences like today.

In Tripadvisor.ca, one of the top experiences (actually #12) is to do a French cooking class at “Le Foodist”, located at 59 Rue Cardinal Lemoine in the 5th Arrondissement.

I actually signed up to do the Market Visit and Cooking Class and it lasted from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. With Fred, the owner/host/chef and 8 others, we went to an open-air market to pick up the ingredients for the lunch we would be making.  We also visited Laurent Dubois Fromager, given the honour of Meilleur Ouvrier de France (French award for one of the best craftsmen in the category of cheese).

Le Foodist tour at Maubert-Mutualite Market. Paris, France.
Maubert-Mutualite Market. Paris, France. Photo: J. Chung

After spending about 3 hours preparing our lunch, we sat down to a truly delicious meal with red and white wine. We ate like the French—-taking our time enjoying the food and company.

Le Foodist, Paris, France.
Le Foodist, Paris, France. Photo: J. Chung
Le Foodist, Paris, France.
Le Foodist, Paris, France. Photo: J. Chung

I will be getting the exact names of each dish and the recipes so please forgive me if I don’t give the dish the appropriate name.

What was unique about this experience was that it was more than just about how to prepare the meal. Fred regaled us with many stories about food, and the culture history of France and Paris. So, it was very educational too! Once again, I have to say I could have licked the plate, particularly at desert-time. Everything was home made, including the vanilla ice-cream. Here was the menu:

Appetizer:

Salmon tartare on marinated turnips

Le Foodist, Paris, France.
Le Foodist, Paris, France. Photo: J. Chung
Le Foodist, Paris, France.
Le Foodist, Paris, France. Photo: J. Chung

Main:

Mashed potatoes with carrots and turnips with chicken coq au vin

Le Foodist, Paris, France.
Le Foodist, Paris, France. Photo: J. Chung

Cheese:

Brie

Le Foodist, Paris, France.
Le Foodist, Paris, France. Photo: J. Chung

Dessert:

Poached pears with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce

Le Foodist, Paris, France.
Le Foodist, Paris, France. Photo: J. Chung

I am very happy I did this experience and highly recommend it to others. Now I need to rest for tomorrow’s 20 km race!

Le Foodist: 59 Rue Cardinal Lemoine

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18 Comments

  1. What a wonderful experience and getting a better look and feel to how the French prepare and enjoy their food, I would love to do this.

  2. Somehow I don’t picture turnips in an elegant French dinner but what do I know?! However, if they’re topped with salmon tartare I’d definitely give the turnips a try! The class at Le Foodist sounds like fun and a terrific way to learn about some of the local dishes as well as the culture and I’d love to check out the market.

  3. Le Foodist looks to be a great cooking (and eating) experience in Paris. My mouth is watering for every dish, and I’ve just had breakfast!

    1. It was fantastic….and a very long meal (but in a good way). Love how the French take their time eating. They really know how to live (and eat).

  4. We would absolutely love Le Foodist cooking class. I’d say yes to all those luscious goodies. Turnips and salmon? Who knew? I’d love to try it. We’ll definitely look into Le Foodist on our next visit to the City of Light. Thanks Jan!

  5. I definitely love foodie experiences like this one — so Parisian! I had a cooking class in Paris last December at a chef’s apartment. It was a big highlight. I’ll have to look into Le Foodist next time in Paris. The dishes look delectable.

  6. Hello Jan,

    just came across your posting after a tweet – thanks so much for sharing your experience with us! And for sharing how the story-telling made it a little more special 🙂
    I hope we will get the opportunity to welcome you again; for all interested you can check http://www.lefoodist.com
    Cheers
    Fred

    1. I really, really enjoyed the experience and you and your wife were very kind. It’s a great experience for all visitors (and locals!).

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