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.


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.


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.”