Context Travel and Hidden Kitchen: Current Trends in French Cuisine

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Feb 18, 2010 / 0 comments

From our good friends at Context Travel, an exciting new food opportunity in Paris!


Paris, February 17, 2010 – Context, organizer of critically-acclaimed walking tours in the world’s cultural capitals, is teaming up with the innovative Parisian supper club Hidden Kitchen to explore current trends in French cuisine with chef and author David Lebovitz and food journalist Meg Zimbeck. The event is part of Context’s “Out of Context” series of special programs.

“This event fits neatly with the mission of the Out of Context series,”
says Lily Heise, Context Paris manager. “Our main focus is to offer new opportunities for travelers to understand Paris; and in this case the combination of David’s knowledge, Meg’s insight and the superlative performance of the folks at Hidden Kitchen will give guests an incomparable insider's perspective on today’s culinary scene in Paris.”

David Lebovitz, is known around the globe through his inspirational cookbooks, entertaining memoirs (My Sweet Life in Paris) and popular blog. Living in Paris over the last 8 years, David has acquired a wealth of knowledge of Parisian gastronomy, the best restaurants, specialty stores and of course bakeries and pastry shops. His latest cookbook Ready for Dessert: My Best Recipes will be released in April. 

Our other expert for the evening, Meg Zimbeck, is a docent in the Context Paris food program and a travel and food writer, contributing to various publications including the Wall Street Journal, Saveur, Budget Travel, and BlackBook guides. She will be compiling her expertise and connections in the Parisian food world as the editor of a new site, the web's most comprehensive and collaborative site about food and wine in Paris.

Over the course of a specially designed multicourse menu, David and Meg will lead the group in a culinary conversation, discussing the latest Paris restaurants, cultural differences relating to food and wine, and what it's like for Americans to cook and write in Paris. Braden and Laura, the founders and chefs of Hidden Kitchen, will also share their perspectives and about setting up this unique supper club. The Hidden Kitchen has become a phenomenon in the food world, attracting rave reviews from international press and enthusiastic food lovers. The waiting list to dine as one of their 16 “friends” is normally months long.

The dinner will take place on May 13th 2010 and it is limited to 12 guests. All guests will receive a copy of one of David’s recent books.



Founded by National Geographic writer Paul Bennett and graphic designer Lani Bevacqua, Context is a network of English-speaking scholars and professionals – including art historians, writers, architects and gastronomes – who organize and lead didactic walking seminars in several world cities, including: Florence, Rome, Venice, Naples, Paris, London, New York, Istanbul, and Philadelphia. Travel + Leisure has named Context one of the top European tour companies for its innovative approach to travel and the depth of its programs. To learn more about Context, visit its website at: