Rosa Jackson's Edible Adventures

Wednesday, 8 October, 2008

A Niçois dinner at Paule's Parisian pad

Paule (front right) in her new kitchen with students.

When people ask me how I met Paule Caillat, I usually laugh and say it was thanks to our hairdresser. We did indeed share the same hairdresser for several years, but that's not all we have in common. Paule and I both teach French cooking to English-speaking food enthusiasts in our homes, and it was her generous encouragement that gave me the confidence to set up Les Petits Farcis in Nice after working with her in Paris. We also have many mutual friends, including our fabulous web designer Josh and the ever-supportive Mark, editor of the Paris Notes newsletter.

What always amazes me about Paule is her boundless energy and enthusiasm. Last time I saw her she had just moved into a beautiful high-ceilinged apartment twice the size of her old one, still in the hipper-by-the-minute northern Marais. I found her in front of her new Lacanche, relishing the luxury of cooking at the Rolls Royce of stoves. Her long granite work table was filling up with small plates, whose contents we nibbled while getting a little giggly over glasses of champagne. Paule mentioned in passing that she had hosted a dinner for 30 friends the previous week, before holding a cooking class for one of the world's most successful internet entrepreneurs. Boxes were still stacked up against her living room wall, yet knowing Paule as I do it didn't surprise me that she was already talking about her next dinner party.

Paule Caillat-2

Now that Paule has more space to work with, she is overflowing with ideas. Her market tours, cooking classes and food walks continue, mainly on Wednesdays and Fridays. The rest of the week she is using her adjacent salon to host culinary events, such as wine and cheese tastings and private dinners. One of her new initiatives is her Sunday night dinners with friends, and I'm proud to say that I'll be the first special guest. On Sunday, October 19th at 7pm, Paule and I will co-host a dinner inspired by cuisine niçoise, the Italian-inspired cooking of Nice. The vegetables will likely not be as summery as the ones shown here from the Cours Saleya market, but you can count on a tempting seasonal menu. It will be an opportunity to meet both of us, learn about regional French cooking and pick my brain about restaurants (when I'm not teaching cooking or designing food tours in Paris, I'm a restaurant reviewer in Paris and on the French Riviera).

We are keeping this first dinner intimate, with no more than eight people, and the cost is 90 euros per participant. For more details on how to sign up, please visit Paule's website.

Hope to see you in Paris!

Tags: Nice, Paris


2 comment(s) on this page. Add your own comment below.

Friday, 10 October, 2008 3:42pm [ 1 ]

Hello Rosa, What fun it would be to take cooking classes from Paule and from you! I could get very comfortable around that beautiful stove!

Wednesday, 15 October, 2008 10:51am [ 2 ]

I covet that stove too, Eileen - isn't it beautiful?

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