Tchin Tchin in Val de Marne – the story of its wine

Did you know that Val de Marne used to supply Paris with wine?

It is a written historical fact documented by the monks of “l’Abbaye de Saint Maur”.

Located only 15 km / 30 minutes away from Paris the vineyards were planted on the hillside near Bois de Vincennes and stretched right across Saint-Maur or “Vieux Saint-Maur as it was known.  They used to supply a great quantity of wine to Parisians because there was at that time a problem of polluted water in the wells.  This unforbidden and increased consumption of wine brought a lot of joy and happiness among the inhabitants!

Every year in May and during the Heritage days in September there is the Saint -Maur Medieval Festival. There is no admission charge and on display there are craftwork and products made by local French village artisans, social activities around a medieval bread oven, the lore and chivalry of Kinghts, food and beverages, and even Scottish camps!

This year the festival will take place on May 16 -17, 2015, if you want to get into the spirit of the event come dressed up in a medieval costume.

Cheers! See you soon in Val de Marne for a glass of wine!

Anne D.

Gastronomy Center ” Welcome on board for living a culinary art experience”

Be a little more patient and soon you will discover a wonderful project dedicated to Gastronomy


By 2023, the Cité de la Gastronomie in Paris-Rungis will extend across 8 hectares bordering on the Rungis International Wholesale Market.

Located in the heart of Orly Paris, this initiative is about  the creation of a “genuine gastronomy district”… a place devoted to culinary pleasures. The whole process was activated in November 2010, when UNESCO entered “French Gastronomy” into the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.


 A central cultural facility including :

  • A learning centre complete with media library
  • Exhibition space and a gastronomy lab.
  • A gastronomy treasure hall : selling highly refined products to consumers and providing on-site tasting sessions
  • Restaurants, bars and brasseries, including three gourmet restaurants
  • Learning centres ( hotel school, catering school)
  • Hotel residences
  • Educational gastronomy gardens : managed by horticultural and landscaping schools

and open to the public

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Jennifer P.

Our tasty local dishes!

Enjoy delicious Belles de Fontenay potatoes, Boeuf Gros Sel, or our very famous Goujons fish; Served with a good glass of our Côteaux de Marne wine, and you’ll get hooked on our specialties!

Beef with Coarse Salt Val de Marne local dish

Beef with Coarse Salt Val de Marne local dish

BŒUF GROS SEL (COARSE SALT BEEF) Boeuf Gros Sel is a home-style classic dish served by the Marne riverbanks. It originates from the Middle Ages, a time when the Val de Marne used to be a source of food supply for Paris, with cereal crops, orchards and vineyards. It is also served in the French capital’s bistrots. This recipe requires high-quality fat or lean pieces of meat, is cooked twice at length in a broth with carrots, turnips, leeks, celery, onions, potatoes and cloves. It is served with additional coarse salt, mustard, pickles and, why not, with a small green salad.

Belles de Fontenay potatoes Val de Marne local dish

Belles de Fontenay potatoes Val de Marne local dish

BELLES DE FONTENAY POTATOES Originally cultivated by the Incas and brought to France in the 18th century, the Belle de Fontenay potatoe is well known by consumers all over the Hexagon. It owes its name to its lovely kidney shape and to its French place of rebirth, Fontenay-sous-Bois. Rather small, the size of the palm of the hand, its yellow and firm flesh distinguishes itself with its fine grain and light nutty taste. This variety grows quite early on in the year at the first harvest in June. Its flesh is remarkable for cooking and just as tasty for cold salads. Hot, it can be steam cooked, with salted butter, fried, or served mashed, in foil, or as gratin.

Goujons miniature fried fish Val de Marne local dish

Goujons miniature fried fish Val de Marne local dish

FRITURE DE GOUJONS (GOUJOUN FRIED FISH) Goujons are miniature fish, served fried and crispy with lemon wedges, chopped parsley, bread and butter and a glass of chilled white wine. Traditionally, this dish is eaten in a very homely fashion, with your fingers! The history of Goujon fish is closely linked to that of the guinguette taverns by the Marne riverside, brought to fame in the 19th century, in the hey day of their famous dances. To this day, guinguettes continue to serve this local dish, especially in the summertime.

Lara A.

A great culinary workshop in Champigny-sur-Marne

Here’s a post to get you real hungry!

With all the tasty recipes you can find on les Cercles culinaires de France, we can suggest for the lunch today :

  • Sweet and sour salad with Comté, spinach and pomegranate
  • Lamb confit with dry fruits
  • Rhubarb, pistachio and yogurt cake

What a better way to learn new recipes and know how to make them in a hotel school with exciting and passionate professionals. This is in les Cercles Culinaires de France where you must go!

And for the next workshop, on Saturday the 13th of June, you can learn how to make a wonderful French pastry, the Paris-Brest.

Christophe Michalak : Paris-Brest à l’ancienne A difficult recipe but well worth it

See you there!

Marion S.


Collège Elsa Triolet

2 Avenue Boileau

94500 Champigny-sur-Marne

Enjoy a French ‘Guinguette’ Tavern by the water

Last Sunday, we decided to discover a typical French tavern but this time by the water in “Val de Marne”.  After having a good lunch, Mr. Dupin, the owner, came out to greet us and introduced us to the tradition of the French Tavern called a Guinguette. He told us about the dancing, the joy, the life, the food, all the fun for the whole family.

Guinguette Ile du Martin-Pêcheur

41 Quai Victor Hugo

94500 Champigny-sur-Marne
01 49 83 03 02

Anne D. – Marion S. – Jennifer P. – Lara A.