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Paris Update This Week’s Events

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Drawing through the ages

"Apples" (1944), by Henri Matisse. Eric Coatalem Gallery.

> Salon du Dessin: 39 galleries showing works on paper, from Old Masters to contemporary. Palais Brogniart, Paris, March 22-27.

Contemporary drawing fair
> Drawing Now: 73 galleries, Carreau du Temple, Paris, March 23-26.

More contemporary drawings
>Ddessin: 20 galleries. Atelier Richelieu, Paris, March 24-26.

Art and design fair
> PAD (Paris Art + Design),
67 galleries, Tuileries Garden, Paris, March 22-26.

African culture festival
> The 100% Afriques festival showcases dance, theater, music, fashion, design, art, food and more from all over the continent. La Villette, Paris, March 23-May 28.

French film with English subtitles
> Lost in Frenchlation shows Audrey Dana's Si j'Étais un Homme, preceded by a themed cocktail party (€4.50). Studio 28, Paris, Feb. 24.

Documentary film festival
> Cinéma du Réel showcases documentaries from around the world. Various venues, Paris, March 24-April 2.

Suburban blues
> The Banlieues Bleues festival brings major French and international jazz acts to the Paris suburbs. Various venues, through March 31.

Before and after ecological disaster
> The Chic Planète festival presents two types of films, those celebrating the bounty of the earth and science-fiction views of what will happen after an ecopalypse. Forum des Images, Paris, through April 13.






Rodolphe Paquin

King of Terrines
Favors Seasonal Cuisine

Paris Update Rodolphe-Paquin Le-Repaire-de-Cartouche

Rodolphe Paquin: rural roots, sophisticated cuisine.

Rodolphe Paquin, 43, a.k.a. “The King of Terrines,” grew up on a Normandy farm, studied hotel management then made his way to Paris where, for 16 years, he has presided over the kitchen of Le Repaire de Cartouche in the 11th arrondissement – to the delight of diners, who for reasonable prices can enjoy creative seasonal cuisine in a friendly ambiance.

Paquin’s rural roots are perhaps most evident in his terrines. His recently published book on the subject, Terrines (Keribus), has already sold out and is on its second print run. But rural does not equal simple – his culinary style is quite sophisticated. In the terrines, for example, ingredients range from sweetbreads and liver to monkfish, sardines, summer vegetables, grouse and pears.

For the last seven years, Paquin has offered an €18, three-course lunch menu that could be one of the best deals in town. He took time out from cooking recently to chat with Meg Bortin of The Everyday French Chef.

For Paris Update, he shared some of his favorite things:

10 Questions for Rodolphe Paquin

What is your favorite...

Dish when dining out?

Pot-au-feu. I don’t make it often at the restaurant because, contrary to popular opinion, it’s rather expensive.

Dish when dining in?

Pasta with eggs and cheese. Kind of like a carbonara minus the cream.


Le Cirque Eloize. They’re acrobats. I took my daughter to see them, and they were fantastic.


François Hadji Lazaro. He does punk rock.

Book of the moment?

Actually I prefer reading the magazine Géo.

Vacation destination?

Anywhere, as long as it’s by the sea.

Leisure activity on your day off?

Bike riding and cocktail hour.

Paris restaurant?

Le Repaire de Cartouche, of course! But when I go out, I like Dans les Landes, a bistro on Rue Monge in the fifth.

Paris bar?

Le Bar des Artistes. It’s around the corner on Rue Crussol.

Paris neighborhood?

Along the Seine. I go walking there.

For a full interview with Rodolphe Paquin, go to The Everyday French Chef.

Meg Bortin

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