I am so excited. To celebrate the release of “Teatime in Paris”, I have a very special Parisian afternoon tea event on Wednesday 20 May – in Paris, and at teatime!
The sweetest part is that it will be held at Treize…A Baker’s Dozen, one of the latest and trendy cosy café-bistros owned by my bubbly chef friend, Laurel Sanderson. She is also the owner of a contagious smile, fabulous energy and is the most welcoming and cheerful hostess you could imagine in this bustling area around Saint Germain-des-Prés!
This event venue is magic. Tucked away at the end of an intriguing cobbled courtyard, it’s almost like following secret directions from La Da Vinci Code: turn left at the florist on rue des Saint-Pères, just directly across the street from the Da Vinci Hotel – where the Mona Lisa (La Joconde) soon afterwards became rather famous, as the Italian thief, Vincenzo Perruggia, who stole the painting from Le Louvre in 1911 initially hid on the top floor of this hotel, asking for room 603 up in the attic, so that he could hide up on the roof. It’s hidden little secrets like this that makes Paris fascinating.
The best secret here is directly across from the Da Vinci Hotel – at N° 16, which is the opening to the courtyard. Walk to the end and you arrive at these white panelled doors. On opening, you’re immediately greeted with “Bonjour! Howdy! Welcome” and before you know it, you’re in a home-from-home haven in the middle of the Parisian left bank, or Rive Gauche.
Laurel’s menus are clipped to Madeleine cake moulds, and offer comforting homemade American-style southern foods from Laurel’s native Carolina – all made with good local French ingredients. Come for brunch (although on Saturdays you will need to reserve to avoid disappointment, as it has become pretty popular!), lunch or afternoon goûter for Coutume coffee, choice of 13 speciality teas and her signature carrot cake tempts us under a giant glass bell on the dessert counter. I could continue with more photographs of Laurel’s hidden gem here but I would love you to discover the place for yourself. In typical Laurel style, it’s fun.
As seating is limited (it’s a small bakery), Laurel has set up this online event form to reserve your place for the special Parisian afternoon Teatime event on 20 May. This includes a newly published copy of Teatime, fancy teas and coffee and of course, we’ll sample delicious pastries from the book. There will be lots of baking chat, so come with your questions and 4 o’clock teatime appetit! Extra macarons are guaranteed. We really look forward to seeing you then!
Update! Carol Gillott (of ParisBreakfasts fame), who did the beautiful artwork in the book, will be a special guest!
Wednesday 20 May 4-6pm
Trieze…A Baker’s Dozen
16 rue des Saint-Pères (go to the end of the courtyard)
Tel : 01- 73 77 27 89
Metro : Saint Germain des Prés, Rue du Bac
Open Tuesday-Saturday 10am – 6pm (but shall be ‘closed’ especially for this book event)
Join us on Wednesday 20 May 2015 at 4-6pm.
Click here to reserve your ticket,
treat a friend or spoil your Mum for French Mother’s Day!
Ticket includes a copy of Teatime in Paris, tea and pastries from the book
Laurel and I really look forward to seeing you there!