A typical visit to Paris elicits a pinprick of the yearning to be Parisian. Who can walk under the warmly lit apartments of Île Saint-Louis and not wonder what it must feel like to belong, like Caillebotte’s brother, in such a window? It’s possible to visit the city a dozen times and never push past the unassuming doors of a light-filled studio where breezy conversation flows over canapés and duck confit. Unless you use a service like Voulez-vous Diner, which pairs local hosts with dinner guests, it’s a world reserved for Parisians.
Visitors looking to make the most of their time in Paris can simply log on to Voulez-vous Diner and browse the profiles of the local artists and consummate hosts who’ve opened up their home for private dinners. Each profile includes photos, menus, and pricing ($20 to $70). Simply pick an event, and purchase seats online.
Some dinners are mini-concerts with a sonata played between courses. Others end with a tour of the neighborhood. Menus are seasonal and offer everything from boeuf Bourguignon to a taste of Venezuela. Just as delectable are the personalities at any given dinner. An entire week in Paris could be spent hopping from table to table, eating, sipping, and making friends along the way. And suddenly Parisian life is realised.
The French dinner party concept extends to several other countries including Australia, with hosts active in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane.