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November 13, 2013

Dinners Par les Femmes in Paris

By Jenny Miller | Food

Dinners Par les Femmes in Paris
Jeanne Detallante & Twice

The peripatetic food and music festival Le Fooding, known for pop-up events in cities like New York and Los Angeles, is in Paris for its latest offering: Le Clan des Madones (November 15–17; lefooding.com)—a three-night dinner series in a repurposed parking garage celebrating the country’s female chefs, sommeliers and winemakers.

Two seatings each night (7 P.M. and 10 P.M.) will offer three courses, each prepared by a different cook. Camille Fourmont, of the beloved Parisian eatery La Buvette (67 Rue Saint-Maur; 33-9/83-56-94-11), will prepare canapés; sommelier Laura Vidal will oversee a course-by-course pairing of wines by Catherine Breton of Domaine Breton. Other participants span a range of restaurant styles and food, including Adeline Grattard of French-Chinese eatery Yam’Tcha (4 Rue Sauval; 33-1/40-26-08-07; yamtcha.com); Federica Mancioppi, of Italian restaurant Caffé dei Cioppi (159 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine; 33-1/43-46-10-14); and Anna Trattles, of the coffee shop Ten Belles (10 Rue de la Grange aux Belles; 33-1/42-40-90-78).

“Restaurant cuisine has for a long time been dictated by guys,” says Le Fooding founder Alexandre Cammas. “The women that we selected are all courageous, talented and even pioneers in a certain way.

If you want more, Le Fooding Guide 2014, the organization’s 13th annual collection of restaurant reviews (complete with art by top illustrators) just debuted. (A supplement featuring chic hotels, from Bordeaux to Corsica, is included.) And Lefooding.com, an excellent resource for restaurant inspiration in Paris and throughout France, should be fully translated into English by the new year.