Paris Markets Hold Free Cooking Classes

The Paris mayor’s office has given new meaning to Stop and Shop. Every month, at selected markets around the city, shoppers can take a free cooking class.

Class offerings change with the season. Recent classes have made Soupe à l’oignon, Saint-Jacques avec ses endives, Rognons et purée de pommes de terre,Poires au chocolat…all from market ingredients.

Arrive at the market half an hour before class. Class begins with a walk through the market with the chef, who is a member of the FFCA (Federation Française de Cuisine Amateur).

You’ll watch the interactions between the chef and the vendors, and learn how to choose produce, meat, fish and dairy products. Classes last about an hour. Each class is limited to 6 students, but there are often 2 or more classes daily. Instruction is in French, and preregistration is required.

Upcoming classes are at Jan 27 at Marché Saint Eustache, Jan 29 at Marché Saint Honoré, Feb 26 at Marché Président Wilson.

See the schedule and register on-line.

Nomiya – dining in the clouds

Imagine lunch on a Paris rooftop – a single room surrounded by four glass walls. You start with champagne and an amuse-bouche of caviar and kiwi. Three courses follow. Just beyond is the Eiffel Tower.

Nomiya is the city’s latest restaurant éphémère (temporary). It’s also one of the most intimate dining experiences in Paris. Twelve guests share a single white table in the clouds, on top of the contemporary art museum, Palais de Tokyo. The skybox was designed by French conceptual artist Laurent Grasso.

Chef Gilles Stassart turns market fresh ingredients into lunch (two hours, three courses, 60 euros) and dinner (three hours, four courses, 80 euros). He also offers cooking classes. Tours, which begin in a shaded terrace, are also available.

You can reserve for one person, or book the whole table. Make reservations on-line, one month in advance. Seats become available at 10 am, Paris time.