Interludes by Eurostar
18-19 November 2017

What do you expect when you travel – a spot of sightseeing, a dash of culture? How about a touch of the extraordinaire?

Eurostar Interludes are unique weekends away, which open the door to a world of ooh la la. Every one-of-a-kind moment, every unique encounter, is your chance to connect with people and places in new and exciting ways.

From the minute you step on board and away, every detail, big or small, will capture your imagination and inspire you to dive straight in.

Join us on our next Interludes to:

  1. be whisked to Paris in Standard Premier
  2. join one of Paris’ top chefs for dinner at their own home, or one close to their heart
  3. stay in a hand-picked boutique hotel
  4. enjoy free entry and priority passes to a top exhibition

Win tickets and join us on 18-19 November

If our next episode of Interludes sounds up your street, simply enter our Instagram competition for a chance to win 1 of 2 pairs of tickets.

Say yes and see what happens!

To enter:

  1. Follow @eurostar on Instagram
  2. Post your best foodie snap from your Instagram account which must not be set to 'Private' mode.
  3. Tell us about how you imagine your dream dinner party in Paris – the guests, the setting and everything else that comes to mind…
  4. Top it all off with #InterludesByEurostar and #SayYes

Enter before 2 October 2017. Winners will be announced on 18 october 2017. Entrants must be UK based. Read full terms and conditions.

Chefs

The pièce de résistance of our trip is Saturday night’s exclusive dinner with a small group of fellow foodies.

Across Paris, 11 chefs will be creating and serving carefully-designed meals in the comfort of their own home or one that’s close to their heart.

We’ll let travellers know which chef they’ll be joining and where once we’re en route to Paris.

Sven Chartier

Following his training under gastronomic great Alain Passard, Chartier was quick out of the blocks, earning a Michelin star for his restaurant, Saturne, at just 30. Clown Bar, his second, more casual offering in Le Marais has quickly become an after-hours favourite with the city’s chefs, securing his place as one of the greatest Parisian chefs of his generation

Giovanni Passerini

Roman chef Giovanni Passerini first made waves in Paris in 2011, with his award-winning modern bistro, Rino. Fast forward a few years and he’s at it again, this time at the self-titled Passerini, where he’s taken Italian cooking to a new level, with an ever-changing menu of lovingly-created dishes that run the gamut from bright, seasonal vegetables to table-filling sharing plates. No wonder he’s Le Fooding’s Best Chef of 2017.

Simon Horwitz

Drawing inspiration from his travels in Peru, Japan and beyond, Simon Horwitz has taken French cooking on a culinary odyssey at his Marais restaurant, Elmer. The menu’s a rich array of shareable dishes like sea urchin with potatoes, and pigeon with parsnip and spinach purée, while his signature dish takes the form of a mouth-watering matured meat platter. While you’re there, pop next door to Épicerie Elmer to stock up on charcuterie and condiments.

Bertrand Grébaut

With one Michelin star and a spot on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, Bertrand Grébaut’s Septime has helped him carve out a permanent place in the pantheon of modern bistro cooking. The menu changes every day, according to what’s on offer at the market and bien sûr, the chef’s whims. With his seafood bar Clamato and tiny Septime Cave bar also within stumbling distance, Grébaut’s really making his mark on the 11th arrondissement..

Simone Tondo

After cutting his culinary teeth at Rino and La Gazetta, a 24-year-old Simone Tondo opened the much-loved Roseval, which went on to win Le Fooding’s Best Restaurant of the Year. Then it was on to the eponymous Tondo, where his Sardinian charm and gift of the gab went hand in hand with his effortless take on haute cuisine. Watch this space for his next Parisian restaurant project.

Céline Pham

To say that 29-year-old Céline Pham’s rise through the culinary ranks is unique would be an understatement. After stints in modern kitchens like Saturne and Septime, she redirected her focus to flavours inspired by her Vietnamese grandmother. Now, after six months at Fulgurances, Céline’s settling in to Chez Elle , her new private table d’hôte in the 10th  arrondissement.

Edward Delling Williams

Before opening Le Grand Bain in late 2016, British chef Edward Delling Williams graced the kitchens of St. JOHN in London and Au Passage in Paris. His signature style includes delectable combinations like oysters with apple-wood-smoked pork and broccoli with crisp bone marrow.

Taku Sekine

In his 10 years in Paris, Japanese chef Taku Sekine has cooked alongside the great Alain Ducasse and at renowned restaurants like Saturne and Clown Bar. Now, he can be found tinkering with the likes of white asparagus and whole sea scallops at his own restaurant Dersou, which Le Fooding guide named Best Restaurant of 2016.

Pierre Touitou

At the tender age of just 24, Pierre Touitou is already a rising star on the Paris restaurant scene. Having started out at Sketch in London, the Plaza Athénée, Le Servan and Aux Deux Amis, he’s now heading up the 10th arrondissement’s Vivant, a buzzing restaurant that serves everything from raw sea bream to roast guinea fowl. You'll soon be able to find his culinary vision on display at Déviant, too.

Florent Ciccoli

Co-founder of Bars Populaires Florent Ciccoli has secured his place at the forefront of the city’s wine bar scene with Jones. With a single-letter switch from James Henry’s Bones, this atmospheric 11th arrondissement spot is buzzing seven nights a week. His latest project, Le Café du Coin, in the Voltaire area, focuses on deliciously simple dishes at lunch before transforming into a rollicking bar after dark.

Grégory Marchand

Best known as one of the leaders of the Parisian bistronomy movement with his restaurant Frenchie (a nickname given to him by Jamie Oliver during their time together at Fifteen), Grégory Marchand has transformed an entire street – Rue du Nil – with his fresh approach to French cooking. Following Frenchie Wine Bar and Frenchie-to-Go in Paris, he took his laidback bistro concept to London, where he opened Frenchie Covent Garden in early 2016.

Exhibitions

GAUGUIN THE ALCHEMIST GRAND PALAIS

After making waves at the Art Institute of Chicago, this exceptional exhibition has made its way to the Beaux-Arts beauty, the Grand Palais. Exploring the Impressionist's unconventional creative process, it brings together over 200 works, from painting and ceramics to wax and carved wood.

ALBERT RENGER-PATZSCH THINGS JEU DE PAUME

Tucked away in the Tuileries Gardens, the Jeu de Paume plays host this winter to a unique retrospective of one of the foremost figures of 20th-century photography. Exploring a wide range of themes and moments that impacted the artist's work, you’ll see everything from his early photographs of plants to the work behind his book, Die Welt ist schön.

BEING MODERN: MoMA IN PARIS FONDATION LOUIS VUITTON

Masterpieces by the likes of Cézanne, Walker Evans, Marcel Duchamp and Alexander Calder headline this eye-catching exhibition at the Frank Gehry-designed Fondation Louis Vuitton. In a first for France, MoMA showcases its must-see works, from early modern art and Minimalism to pop art and digital art. Not to be missed.

Hotels

Credit Jérôme Gallant

HOTEL NATIONAL DES ARTS ET MÉTIERS

What stands out about this 66-room property in the Marais is the exceptional design by Israeli interior architect Raphael Navot. From earthy pierre de taille stone to cool, curving marble and earthy oxidised copper, every material has been carefully chosen to help guests escape the hustle and bustle of the city outside. The finishing touch is a rooftop bar with stunning views – a real rarity in Paris.

Credit Paul Bowyer

HOTEL DES GRANDS BOULEVARDS

Following the success of the Grand Pigalle Hôtel, the Experimental Group has taken up residence in another historic Parisian enclave for their second property. In each room of the Hôtel des Grands Boulevards, designer Dorothée Meilichzon has married 18th-century splendour (think canopy beds and red marble) with rustic touches like worn linen and aged bronze, to reflect the area’s colourful past.

HOTEL BACHAUMONT

No two rooms are alike at this striking hotel, where fashionistas flock during Paris Fashion Week. Art deco meets modern in rooms featuring upholstered headboards and mirrors galore, while the restaurant buzzes with the hipster-esque bobo crowd, out and about in the popular Sentier neighbourhood.

What you've said about Interludes

🚅 Gone are the days of guidebooks, or worse – ‘tourists’. These days, it’s all about authentic, and local experiences when travelling. Eurostar is board with its new service, Eurostar Interludes. Based on 36-hour getaways, travellers are provided with a complete package based on the idea of discovery. The exact details are kept hush, but you’re guaranteed an under-the-skin experience. Case in point: a highlight during its launch weekend, taking London grammers (like @charlottehuco here) to Paris, was a supper club-style dinner with a Parisian chef in their private home. — As featured in Issue 09 of Unseen 24/7. Sign up. Link in bio. — 📸 by @charlottehuco #interludesbyeurostar #eurostar #visitlondon #visitparis
I have been desperate to tell you all more about the Paris trip with @eurostar. Before we arrived on Saturday morning, everything was a bit of a mystery. We didn't know where we would be staying, we knew we'd have an evening of food cooked in the home of an incredible chef (but didn't know who), we knew we'd have a pass to a museum. All was revealed on the train and we received a little curated guide to Paris. The guide was unique with a locals insight, none of the places known to me, even after doing a little Instagram research on places to visit. It was the experience of an incredible dinner, in the welcoming home of @flo_jones_restaurant with the help of Japanese chef @maorimurota that will truly stay with me as one of the most memorable evenings! And @eurostar will actually be opening up a similar exciting travel adventure later this year. Follow along with them to hear more. It's completely opened my mind in thinking about the way we travel, with a crazy planned itinerary and all the places to tick off. This was travel as it should be, heading into the unknown with a buzz of excitement and just letting the magic whisk you away ✨ #InterludesByEurostar
The highlight of our 36 hour get-away has to be this intimate dinner at chef @takdersou's Parisian home. Every dish was incredible – red tuna sashimi with spinach and egg, chilled somen noodles with duck and dashi, Iberico pork tonkatsu – even a simple Spanish omelette blew our freakin' minds. The best part was the chance to get to know Taku a little on a personal level. Beyond his talents in the kitchen, he is also wise and warm. We talked of politics, dreams and the meaning of happiness as the wine flowed all night. Definitely not just the average weekend escape! — If you're interested in a similar experience, follow @eurostar to keep updated on a competition that will launch in Sept to win a place on the next #interludesbyeurostar trip. The philosophy focuses on serendipity and spontaneity within travel. Be open to surprises and you will be rewarded. — #holdthemoment #nestandflourish #gatherandcurate #distractionsandinspirations #pocketofmyhome
If only every Saturday night involved dining in a French local's home, having chefs cook you dinner and drinking copious amounts of wine. This crab, carrot and celeriac cream was one of the many, amazing courses I stuffed my face with 🤤 #interludesbyeurostar
Starting a wonderful dinner in the home of hot young Parisian chef Celine Pham - she mixes flavours from her Vietnamese family with modern Italian and French cooking - we are starting with amazing snacks including burrata, beetroot and a Vietnamese pesto before the meal begins. This really is the highlight of our @eurostar @london #interludesbyeurostar trip! 🌿🌟🍃☀️🇫🇷
Dinner tonight will be a decidedly less exciting affair than having @simonetondo prepare it in his sun-drenched Parisian flat. Of course I will also drink less and *probably* not be chair dancing to J Lo by the end of the meal either. _________ Huge thanks to @daveburt and @eurostar for including me on the trial run of #interludesbyeurostar, a program that combines spontaneity of travel with priceless experiences. Watch this space to learn more!
Basque red tuna sashimi with tofu and spinach by chef Taku Sekine 🐟🇫🇷 🇯🇵 - Want this in your mouth? Eurostar will launch their Interludes dining experience with a competition in September where you can win the chance to attend a dinner party at the home of a top Parisian chef . . . @eurostar @takdersou #eurostar #interludesbyeurostar #paris #france #food #foodporn #foodie #instafood #yummy #sharefood #instaeat #foodstagram #sweet #yummyfood #foodlovers #amazingfood #foodforlife #tasty #foodpictures #foodlover #delicious #foodstyle #foodpic #foodie #foodpics #eat #foodtime #foodgasm #foodheaven