Krug en Capitale pops up in Paris

A musical marriage of champagne and seasonal cuisine

An exceptional pop-up is arriving at the Musée Nissim de Camondo in Paris from March 8 to 12: Krug en Capitale’s fourth edition, which will combine gastronomy, music and the magic of this remarkable mansion.

The former private residence near Parc Monceau – now owned by Les Arts Décoratifs – was built in 1911 to house a collection of 18th-century French furnitureand art objects. Its design was based on the Petit Trianon at Versailles, and its private apartments are adorned with 17th-century Savonnerie carpets woven for the Louvre’s Grande Galerie and wall tapestries by Beauvais.

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For the event, Krug’s Grande Cuvée, Rosé or a new millésime will be paired with dishes inspired by the organic herb and vegetable garden of Michelin-starred chef Armand Arnal (second picture). Just 30 guests will be seated at lunch (€160) and dinner (€280) – or 20 at Krug-Time (€45), a mid-afternoon feast featuring patisserie and snacks. “Maison Krug works with the seasons, just like a chef,” reflects Arnal, who will bring produce from his restaurant, La Chassagnette, and enlist its head gardener to recreate an ephemeral potager in the Nissim de Camondo gardens.

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Menu highlights include, for lunch, a mix of wild herbs and flowers, or free-range eggs stuffed with wild rice and sweet and sour vegetables; at dinner, try truffled vegetarian cannelloni and confit of fennel (Arnal’s favourite vegetable) – and for dessert, sweet potato soufflé and quince sorbet.

Guests will be immersed in a musical experience while they dine, a jazz, soul and classical fest that Arnal believes will make the gastronomic experiences sharper – intensifying sour, bitter, sweet and salty. “An alchemy takes place. Music is pure pleasure – rather like drinking champagne.”

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