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Sunday, December 3, 2023

Thanksgiving in Paris: Store Like a Chef

As a chef, Thanksgiving is my absolute favourite vacation. A complete day centered round meals and subsequent left-over sandwiches of tasty turkey, cranberry relish, and roasted greens? Sure, please! 

Within the States, my household gathers with all our kin, neighbors, and mates on the Chesapeake Bay for Thanksgiving. Our numbers fluctuate however we’re sometimes a flock of twenty to thirty.  Everybody’s obtained their very own means of cooking a sure dish and that’s precisely what we do.  This typically leads to a number of renditions of the identical dish, however hey, who’re we to complain? Probably the most well-known Thanksgiving a number of on the home is the turkey: one roasted, one fried, and I can say with all sincerity that they’re equally scrumptious.

Residing in France, Thanksgiving is the vacation I miss probably the most. Luckily the French are all the time prepared to hitch in any food-related enjoyable and rounding up expats and Frenchies alike could be very straightforward. Discovering the substances, then again, is a little more tough. Listed here are my skilled suggestions for making your Thanksgiving planning a bit of simpler and fewer of a headache.

Left: A circular cranberry pie served in a white dish; Right: A person scoops a chopped roasted turkey with two silver serving utensils.
High: Picture by Gabriel Garcia Marengo
Above: Photographs by Jennifer Pallian & Gunel Farhadli


Entire turkeys are sometimes tough to seek out in Franceso I recommend calling forward to your native butcher and requesting a particular order.  Should you’re out of luck and can’t discover a turkey, guinea fowl or hen is a superb choice and may be discovered at most butchers, even exterior of Paris.

Listed here are some high-quality butchers in Paris that I enormously respect, who supply their award-winning meat responsibly from glorious farmers:

Serge Caillaud

Serge is a champion butcher in all senses of the phrase. I reside for his grand “Good day!” and bisous each time I go to.

Hugo Desnoyer

You possibly can by no means go fallacious at this “Butcher of the Stars”; all the pieces is scrumptious.

Romain Leboeuf

At 30 years previous, Romain grew to become a lauded Meilleur Ouvrier de France. He undoubtedly is aware of his product!

Boucherie Maison Le Bourdonnec

Spectacular high quality and the employees typically sneaks in a bit of cooking recommendation.

Boucherie Gardil

My native. These gents are true professionals and have the most effective lard fumée I’ve ever tried. Wrap that round your hen!

Boucherie Terroirs d’Avenir

100% Assure your hen is straight from the farm. Terroirs can be nice for greens, cheese, and bread.

Two slices of yellow pumpking pie sits on a wooden board with a small bowl of walnuts.
Picture by Cindy Shebley


The best choice for greens when it comes to high quality and value will probably be an out of doors market. You’ll discover a number of sorts of squash available in the market this time of 12 months. My private favorites are the potimarron (which has a slight chestnut taste, thus the title, a hokkaido selection), the basic butternut, the courge de Good (a particular number of pumpkin from the south of France), the inexperienced kabocha, or acorn squash.

Under is an inventory of my favourite markets round Paris. This useful web page from the Paris info workplace provides you with an inventory of all of the markets in Paris and their schedules.

Marché Bastille (Thursday – 7:00 – 13:30 / Sunday – 7:00 – 14:30)

The perfect bang on your buck.

Marché d’Aligre (Tuesdays to Saturdays)

Open each day, besides on Mondays. Nice for anytime buying. Go to the natural bakery, Le Ache au Naturel, across the nook.

Marché Place Monge (Wednesday & Friday – 7:00 – 13:30 / Sunday 7:00 – 14:30 )

So charming and has a number of farm-direct stands, which is a rarity in Paris.

A brown pie on a marbled table with Scrabble letters used to express 'Happy Thanksgiving'.
Picture by Sarah Pflug

Particular Components

Should you’re actually craving that true American taste and may’t bear to consider swapping out your cranberry relish for a purple currant chutney, right here’s an inventory of locations that may prevent:

La Grande Epicerie

This luxurious meals retailer has fairly a couple of American substances, in addition to glorious vegetable, cheese and butcher counters. It could possibly be your one-stop-shop however you’ll stroll out penniless.

The Actual McCoy

An all-American grocer in Paris since 1990, serving merchandise and substances from the States that you may’t discover elsewhere in Paris.

In Good We Belief

This small however mighty American grocery retailer would possibly make you’re feeling nostalgic, with out breaking the financial institution.

My American Market

All of the goodies you miss from residence, delivered to your door.

Eating Out

Just a few alternate options, for those who’re not in a position to cook dinner at your house:


This American-owned restaurant is legendary for his or her stunning Thanksgiving dinners.

Pink Home

By no means be alone on Thanksgiving! Homeowners Jen and Joseph are all the time as much as one thing enjoyable for the vacations and can make you a wonderful well-drink.

Breakfast in America

For a standard Thanksgiving feast and extra American basic meals for the remainder of the 12 months, BIA is each American in Paris’ go-to.

Treize au Jardin

Their 65€ Thanksgiving menu ensures to stuff you, from starters to desserts… and champagne!

Joe Allen

The oldest American restaurant in Paris proposes a New York Metropolis themed Thanksgiving, set in a comfy American diner.

La Delicacies Paris

Take a Thanksgiving-themed cooking class!

Two small cranberry pies sitting on a white table, garnished with berries and white flowers.
Picture by Brooke Lark


Serge Caillaud / Au Bell Viandier – 4 Rue Lobineau, 75006

Hugo Desnoyer45 Rue Boulard, 75014

Romain Leboeuf / Boucherie Leboeuf37 Avenue Felix Faure, 75015

Boucherie Maison Le Bourdonnec – a number of areas

Boucherie Gardil – 44 Rue Saint-Louis en l’Île, 75004

Boucherie Terroirs d’Avenir a number of areas

Le Grand Epicerie – 38 Rue de Sèvres, 75007

The Actual McCoy – 194 Rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris

In Good We Belief – 67 Rue Quincampoix, 75003 Paris

My American Market – on-line

Verjus – 52 Rue de Richelieu, 75001

Pink Home – 1bis Rue de la Forge Royale, 75011

Breakfast in Americaa number of areas

Treize au Jardin – 5 Rue de Médicis, 75006 Paris

Joe Allen – 30 Rue Pierre Lescot, 75001 Paris

La Delicacies Paris – 80 Quai de l’Hôtel de ville, 75004


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Lise Kvan

Lise Kvan is a Danish – American chef who’s obsessed with sustainable agriculture and meals training. Upon commencement from Ferrandi, she labored at Astrance (*** Michelin, San Pellegrino High 50 restaurant) and helped open Holybelly. She additionally taught at La Delicacies Paris. Together with Éric Monteleon she opened the restaurant Le Saint Hubert within the south of France.

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