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Thanksgiving in Paris: Store Like a Chef

As a chef, Thanksgiving is my absolute favourite vacation. A whole 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 associates on the Chesapeake Bay for Thanksgiving. Our numbers fluctuate however we’re usually a flock of twenty to thirty.  Everybody’s obtained their very own manner of cooking a sure dish and that’s precisely what we do.  This usually ends in 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.

Dwelling in France, Thanksgiving is the vacation I miss essentially the most. Thankfully the French are all the time prepared to affix in any food-related enjoyable and rounding up expats and Frenchies alike may be very straightforward. Discovering the components, however, is a little more difficult. Listed here are my skilled ideas for making your Thanksgiving planning a little bit 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.
Prime: Photograph by Gabriel Garcia Marengo
Above: Pictures by Jennifer Pallian & Gunel Farhadli


Entire turkeys are sometimes difficult to seek out in Franceso I recommend calling forward to your native butcher and requesting a particular order.  In the event you’re out of luck and can’t discover a turkey, guinea fowl or hen is an excellent possibility and could be discovered at most butchers, even outdoors of Paris.

Listed here are some high-quality butchers in Paris that I significantly respect, who supply their award-winning meat responsibly from wonderful 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’ll be able to by no means go fallacious at this “Butcher of the Stars”; all the pieces is scrumptious.

Romain Leboeuf

At 30 years outdated, Romain grew to become a lauded Meilleur Ouvrier de France.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 usually sneaks in a little bit cooking recommendation.

Boucherie Gardil

My native. These gents are true professionals and have the very best 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.
Photograph by Cindy Shebley


The best choice for greens by way of high quality and worth will probably be an out of doors market. You’ll discover a number of forms of squash available in the market this time of yr. My private favorites are the potimarron (which has a slight chestnut taste, thus the identify, 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.

Beneath is a listing of my favourite markets round Paris. This useful web page from the Paris info workplace offers you a listing of all of the markets in Paris and their schedules.

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

The very best bang in your buck.

Marché d’Aligre (Tuesdays to Saturdays)

Open daily, 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'.
Photograph by Sarah Pflug

Particular Substances

In the event you’re actually craving that true American taste and may’t bear to consider swapping out your cranberry relish for a crimson currant chutney, right here’s a listing of locations that may prevent:

La Grande Epicerie

This luxurious meals retailer has fairly a number of American components, in addition to wonderful vegetable, cheese and butcher counters. It may very well 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 components from the States that you may’t discover elsewhere in Paris.

In Good We Belief

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

My American Market

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

Eating Out

A couple of alternate options, when you’re not in a position to cook dinner at your condo:


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

Crimson 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 conventional Thanksgiving feast and extra American basic meals for the remainder of the yr, 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.
Photograph 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

Crimson 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 enthusiastic about sustainable agriculture and meals schooling. Upon commencement from Ferrandi, she labored at Astrance (*** Michelin, San Pellegrino Prime 50 restaurant) and helped open Holybelly. She additionally taught at La Delicacies Paris. Together with Étic Monteleon she opened the restaurant Le Saint Hubert within the south of France.

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