Paris, France —It’s back. The Café Renault on the Champs-Elysées, a favorite with locals and visitors alike, re-opened last July 7th and is featuring locally sourced and regional products in simple and at times hearty preparations. Toasted sandwiches, cold cut and cheese platters, all with famed French regional products, along with bowls full of vegetables and atypical cocktails are all on the agenda.
Joining Michelin-starred French chef François Gagnaire in the adventure are a number of local growers and purveyors of fine foods. Sophie Lacharlotte of the Vergers de la Silve orchards supplies the fresh fruit juices made with fruits of her orchards, while Stephan Perrotte of Maison Perrotte is the house of choice for homemade jams and sweets. Wine expert Sophie Roulé of Involute selects the wines from small vineyards.
The cold cut platter features a selection of cold meats from the Auvergne region, widely known for its traditional produce and products. The board of matured cheeses has been selected by cheese expert Ludovic Bisot who is a Meilleur Ouvrier de France, Finest Master Craftsman of France. Homemade sweets include the madeleine cakes and a French pound cake of the day. Ice-cream is supplied by the house of Givrée. The famous French classic hot sandwich, the croque monsieur, here re-baptized the Le croq’Renault is offered in four different versions including the original ham and cheese with a whole lot of béchamel sauce melted in. The Café Renault is on the upper floor of the Atelier Renault and looks out onto the Champs-Elysées. Downstairs you can enjoy temporary car exhibitions, a showroom and a boutique.
©Trish Valicenti for The Gourmet Gazette
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