Has it really been 15 years since the debut of the influential French blog Le Fooding? Dedicated to promoting the best young, indie chefs in Paris (and now all over France), it changed the restaurant game in one of the world’s most important food cities.
If the word “bistronomic” means something to you; if you aren’t happy unless “local et de saison” falls effortlessly from a waiter’s mouth; if you like your pipes exposed and your wood unfinished; and if you don’t mind venturing beyond the city center to find it, then you, too, have been touched by the Le Fooding effect.
If you’re traveling in Paris on June 5, 6, or 7, you can attend one, or all, of a weekend’s worth of food and music events in honor of its 15th birthday. The theme is “Les Faubourgs,” which sort of means “the suburbs,” but really refers to further-out neighborhoods of Paris, where many of Le Fooding’s mascots have set up shop.
They’re extending the notion of Faubourg to other cities as well, and bringing over kindred spirits like Danny Bowien of New York’s Mission Chinese and Ludo Lefebvre of L.A.’s Les Trois Mecs. Over the course of three days, there are brunches, an acoustic night for 800 people, and a rocking electric affair for 2,500 on Saturday night.