Street food, festivals and a book by Jean-François Piège… What’s new in the kitchen?

Let the festival season begin! From Mexico to Italy via Japan, street food is celebrating flavors from elsewhere this week. The continuation in pictures.

The terrace of the moment: Iconik! The last festive Food Court in Paris

Burger, handroll and cod fritters in a relaxed atmosphere at Iconik. Iconik / Hemblem

A bar with a festive atmosphere, a sunny terrace and street food. This is what Iconik promises, the new gourmet market located on Place d’Italie, in the 13th arrondissement of Paris. Since last January, this new place to live has been at the heart of culinary trends… and there is something for everyone. On the menu: portfolio pizzas from Magnà, donburi and hand roll from Kantine, or even cod fritters and hake tenders from Père & Fish. As for dessert, the famous naughty pancakes from the ephemeral pop-up La Quéquetterie await you throughout June. To put on your list of places to try with friends.

Iconik, 28 bis avenue d’Italie, 75013 Paris. Open from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.

The drink of the moment: Champ Libre de Gallia, a blonde beer with a strong character

An original, rustic drink with subtle spicy notes to discover all summer long. Gallia / Photo press

At Gallia, we do things differently. Known for its IPAs with a strong taste, since 2009, this French brasserie has shaken up the codes of the world of beer with complex creations, but with accessible flavors. This time, it’s a rustic drink full of creativity that Gallia offers: the Champ Libre. An unfiltered blond beer, made from malted barley and rye, for such a particular taste intensity, and subtle spicy notes. The bonus? She is 100% made in France.

Champ Libre de Gallia beer, from €3.89 for a 75cl bottle. More information on

The burger of the moment: the vegan burger by Alain Ducasse

After chocolate, ice cream and coffee, Alain Ducasse is betting on the burger. The Burgal / Pierre Lucet

On April 8, the multi-starred chef Alain Ducasse opened his very first food-kiosk, place de la Bastille in Paris. His latest creation? The burgal, a 100% vegetable burger, nestled in a perfectly golden brioche bun. This creation, which saw the light of day in 2019 on the occasion of the Taste of Paris culinary festival, had won the prize for the best dish, and not by chance! Always in the same philosophy of naturalness, the Ducasse teams offer a galette made up of zucchini, carrots, parsnips, lentils and quinoa, seasoned with a spicy vegan mayonnaise, an eggplant caviar, and a few pickles that revive the taste buds.

Le Burgal, 12 place la Bastille, 75011 Paris. Take away Monday to Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Non-stop weekend from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The tribute book of the moment: Summer Kitchensby Olia Hercules

A beautiful book to discover the Ukrainian culinary culture. Hachette Practical / Photo press

Chef, author, food stylist and journalist, Olia Hercules takes on all the roles. Originally from Ukraine, now based in London, she publishes with Hachette Pratique editions a tribute to her native land and her small outdoor kitchens, the Summer Kitchens. This is where, in summer, families gather and perpetuate their culinary heritage by preparing preserves and fermentation for the arrival of winter, but also traditional borscht, sourdough garlic rolls, or even Lyuba cake with honey and berries. A beautiful reverence to places which, alas, tend to disappear, immortalized between memories, photographs, recipes and history.

Summer Kitchens, by Olia Hercules, Practical Hachette, 352 pages, €29.95.

The rooftop of the moment: Créatures by Julien Sebbag reopens its doors

On the menu facing the most beautiful view of Paris: shashouka, croissants and granola. Creatures / Photo press

Fans of vegetarian cuisine know this. The Créatures restaurant, orchestrated by the rebel chef Julien Sebbag, has become over the years the unmissable summer meeting place. At the top of the Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann, this living space with a view of all of Paris is reopening its doors for its fourth season, this time with a morning bakery offer. Colorful juice, crunchy croissant, plump brioche, and other sweet delights are now available from 10 a.m., and are added to a very sunny Mediterranean-inspired menu: focaccia summertime sadness with courgettes, black olives, stracciatella and pistachios; or even the golden houra dish of golden potatoes, topped with a soft-boiled egg and homemade aioli.

Restaurant Créatures, 25 rue de la Chaussée d’Antin, 75009 Paris. Open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to midnight.

The trip of the week: Destination Mexico with the Festival Que Gusto

A joyful and friendly festival that honors the state of Veracruz, the cradle of vanilla. Qué Gusto Festival / Press Photo

Notice to Latin American aficionados, the culinary festival Qué Gusto returns to brandish the colors of Mexico from June 11 to 19, 2022 in Paris, after two long years of absence. For his 8e edition, it is the State of Veracruz which is honoured, a region located between the sea and the mountains in the east of the country. Cookery classes, gastronomic evenings, conferences, shows and tastings will take place all over Paris, in the various partner establishments of the event, such as Pouliche and the Café de Luce, the restaurants of the sponsor of this edition, the chef Amandine Chaignot, who will pay tribute to Mexican culture throughout the week.

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The initiative of the moment: a contest to eat better at the cinema

The winners of this first edition, guided by the motto “We are what we eat! » Eating better at the cinema / Vincent Baillais

100% vegetable sorbets, iced infusions and popcorn with cider vinegar and seaweed. Here are the new creations that we will probably consume during our next film screenings, thanks to the association Mieux manger au cinema. Under the presidency of independent chef Chloé Charles, on May 3, the first edition of this competition took place at the Louxor cinema in Paris, the objective of which is to encourage healthier alternatives for our little ones. pleasures that are too sweet or too salty. To be rewarded, the winners had to produce healthy, original and committed creations. To discover from September 2022.

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The festival of the moment: the Big Fest at La Felicità, the first Big Mamma festival

La Felicitathe Big Mamma food market, will be open from 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. Big Mamma / Jerome Galland

The success story of Big Mamma continues! To celebrate the arrival of summer, the group specializing in Italian gastronomy is launching its very first edition of BigFest, a “100% street food, talks & teuf” culinary festival. On June 11 and 12, in the 13th arrondissement of Paris, it’s at La Felicità, the food court adored by the group, that a fine line-up of chefs will come to celebrate the Italian gastronomic heritage, in a festive atmosphere. Philippe Conticini, Justine Piluso, Jeffrey Cagnes, Adeline Grattard and many others join the family in order to serve creations specially imagined for the event. Not to mention the wide choice of Italian specialties offered by the team’s pizza maker, Andrea di Michele. On the menu of the event, a musical line-up in collaboration with Radio Nova and a conference on responsible catering with cultural media, Brain Magazine. at table !

BigFest Festival, 5 Parvis Alan Turing, 75013 Paris. €12 for an adult ticket from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., €21 from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., €6 for a child ticket (under 12).

Transfer market: Romain Meder at Domaine de Primard

Chef Romain Meder takes off after sixteen years with the Ducasse group. Octave / Photo press

It is in Catherine Deneuve’s former country house, one hour from Paris, that Romain Meder, former chef of the Alain Ducasse restaurant at the Plaza Athénée, is settling down to meet his next culinary ambitions. At the head of ADMO from November to March (the very exclusive ephemeral restaurant signed Alain Ducasse and the Spanish chef Albert Adrià), he is now at the helm of the stoves at the Domaine de Primard, a luxury hotel in the Domaines de fontenille. For the first time, the 43-year-old chef will sign the menu at Chez Octave, a charming little bistro in the heart of the estate, where he will create dishes inspired by his childhood memories. On the menu: celery remoulade, poultry cooked over a wood fire, or floating island.

Restaurant Octave, Domaine de Primard, D16, 28260 Guainville. Telephone: 02 36 58 10 08

Current book: Zero Meat, Zero Fish, the recipes 100% vegetable from Jean-François Piège

On the program: vegetables cooked in the greatest French tradition. Hachette Practical / photo press

The starred chef has not finished with healthy eating! In line with Zero Fat published in 2018, Jean-François Piège returns this time with 50 new vegetarian recipes in his book Zero meat, Zero fish, designed as a tribute to the richness of our terroirs. Beets in a salt crust, grilled peppers, Vichy carrots, mixed vegetables, soubise sauce, creamy parmesan… The chef of the Grand Restaurant lists his creations between cooking techniques, great classics of French gastronomy, and sauces. Healthy, everyday recipes with step-by-step illustrations.

Zero meat, zero fish by Jean-François Piège, Hachette Pratique, 128 pages, €29.95.


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