Paris, France — Château Sablé, a gourmet venue specialized in making sweet buttery cookies known as sablés in French has just embarked on something new, savory cookies perfect for a cocktail moment or any moment. The pastry chef Thibault de Chastenet who spent the first half of his career as an artist and now creates myriad cookies, made with exceptional, sourced and seasonal ingredients has turned his talent to savory versions of his unparalleled cookies. Garnished cookies include a tomato based cookie topped off with eggplant spread and garnished with white bean cream, zaatar and safran or alternatively with black Greek olive spread topped off with a dollop of lemon marmalade, made with lemons from the Amalfi coast, chives and millet. Another version is topped off with goat cheese, thyme honey and thyme.
Meanwhile the mustard based cookies are topped off with artichoke cream and garlic and thyme or dried tomatoes with candied bergamot and ricotta or candied onions, Corsican honey and Italian herbs and raisins. All in all a rather nice and seasonal assortment. You can also pick up bags of plain cookies in the tomato, mustard off garlic versions.
Nestled onto a quiet street in the 9th arrondissement in a neighborhood known as the New Athens in reference to the Greek architectural style of its town houses and buildings, Château Sablé which could translate as sand castle is fittingly located in a neighborhood known for its artistic venues but also gourmet food shops.
The artist turned pastry chef has transformed his art gallery and studio into a boutique in which a glass window separates the pastry kitchen so visitors can watch the cookie making in action. It is a surprising encounter of tastes and textures with the dough being made with the finest of ingredients including AOC (Protected Designation of Origin) butter from Charente. The savors of the cookies change with the seasons but at any given time a host of both sweet and savory cookies are on hand. And it should come as no surprise that his butter cookies are works of art in and of themselves.
©Trish Valicenti for The Gourmet Gazette
28 rue Labruyère
75009 Paris, France
Tel: + 33 (0)1 53 20 90 02
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