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Supper clubs have been around for years, and Paris now has their fare share. These part dinner clubs-part social clubs are a great way for foodies to experience a great meal while connecting with locals and other traverers. Some are well-advertised, while others are underground and remain downright secretive.
Pricey gourmet clubs place their focus a bit more on the gastronomy of Paris, but more casual clubs can be a bit more on the social side. Either way, they are lots of fun! Decide for yourself which one suits your fancy and budget, but make sure you book in advance because they are all popular.
Jim Haynes Supper Club
The name Jim Haynes is synonymous with the words Paris supper club. He is the original. For the past 30 years, he has been organizing dinners and hosting guests at his apartment in Paris’s 14th arrondissement.
Dinners are Sunday evenings from about 8-11pm and though he doesn’t charge, he does ask for a donation (€25 is suggested). On any given week, you can expect locals, expats and visitors from all over the world. His soirées are open to anyone, but you do need to call ahead or email to reserve.
To learn more about him and reserve, visit jim-haynes.com
A few years back I shared my experience at Hidden Kitchen. I’m happy to report that both my camera and my food photography skills have improved greatly since then. Due to their popularity, Laura and Braden have moved to a new, larger space, but I’m sure the quality of the food remains the same.
These days they serve up to 16 guests, a seasonal ten-course menu, with wine, in their lovely Paris apartment right in the city center. At €90 per person, it certainly isn’t a bargain option, but it’s worth a splurge for the quality of the food prepared, presentation and gorgeous setting.
You can get more information on their website HKMenus.com
Un Artiste a la Table
This newcomer to the Paris supper club scene is billed as a private address where art and gastronomy meet. It is quite similar to the underground kitchen concept, with one addition; a guest speaker who is also an artist.
Started by two Spanish women and an American chef, once per week, up to 12 guests sit down to a gourmet meal at their 17th arrondissement address, complete with wine and a different guest speaker for each dinner. Cost is €70 per person.
You can find more information on their website unartistealatable.blogspot.com
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