Every year, Maison Lenôtre works twice as hard to delight and surprise your taste buds for the Holidays. This year, the house takes us to Provence.
For this new Holiday collection, Chef Guy Krenzer and the house's chefs drew inspiration in the rich history of Provence, a land of natural gems, as well as of multiple holiday traditions as festivities start from December 4 with Saint Barbara Day. Every year, one plants wheat seeds from the previous harvest that sprout and are used to decorate the Christmas table and the big supper eaten on December 24 in the region. Wheat is given pride of place for this Provençal Christmas by Lenôtre with organic flours found at the Moulin Saint Joseph by Salon-de-Provence. The sourcing issue matters for Lenôtre working almost with only French produces.
The Signature yule log: En Balade sur la Montagne Sainte-Victoire
There is nothing like the Montagne Sainte-Victoire - a staple symbol of the regional landscape - to inspire Head of Creation Guy Krenzer and Pastry Chef Jean-Christophe Jeanson (Pastry Meilleur Ouvrier de France since 2019). A two-faceted mountain reinterpreted with two distinctive decors, on one side, powdery snow, and on the other side, a shiny chocolate glazing. The yule log features a mandarin confit and mousseline, pine nut and hazelnut praline striking with the tasty chocolate mousse. The whole paired with a delicious mandarin sorbet for a lot of freshness and lightness. It is available from December 15 for €130 serving 6 to 8 foodies.
Also on the menu, the famous gingerbread house. Picture this: layers of moist gingerbread filled with orange compote. To pair this year's theme, the roof is made of smooth calisson-inspired cream, beautifully pipped to imitate the Provençale tiles.
More yule logs are available. Gluten-free yule logs for our greatest delights. Discover the vanilla, hazelnut, and caramel yule log, and the pear and orange yule log. Allow €45 for the yule log serving 4, €66 for the one serving 6 and €87 for the one serving 8 foodies.
Are you more into ice cream? How about getting original and go for the iced Calisson? It is covered in marzipan and patterns reminding us of the Marseille quilted bedspreads. A way to pay tribute to the tradition of the 13 desserts ending the Big Supper. A meticulous work that could not have happened without the partnership of ice-cream maker chef Jean-Louis Bellemans - ice Cream Vice World's Champion in teams. The ice cream calisson also comes as an indulging macaron.
Also on the menu, calisson-inspired macaron, Christmas platters for the aperitif and a fantastic box of sweets from Provence to keep up with the 13-dessert tradition.
Tasty bread is also in with this olive oil fougasse, country bread, fir tree rye bread with dry fruits and the brioche but Provençal "pompe à huile" style.
Let us not forget about exceptional charcuterie with the chicken, pheasant and quince Tourte du Soleil to die for (allow €98 for the hearty pie serving 4 to 6 people).
Of course, let us not forget about the famous Advent Calendar to wait for the Holidays. Filled with chocolates stuffed with praline ganache, we love it! Discover a lovely door illustrated by Nice artist Eric Garence, the official artist of the French Riviera. Here, a lovely and typical village with golden façade when the calendar is closed, and a lively village scene when it opens. With on the background, the famous Montagne Sainte-Victoire, of course.
Dates and Opening Time
From 1 November 2021 to 31 December 2021
Lenôtre - Victor Hugo
48 Avenue Victor Hugo
75116 Paris 16
calendrier de l'avent: €37
Maison pain d'épice: €38
Bûches sans gluten: €45 - €87
Bûche glacée calisson: €67
Bûche signature : €130