Inexpensive Cheese Classes or Market Tours in Paris
I am going to Paris in mid-March with my husband and 9-year old son. I'm looking to take a cheese class or possibly do tour of one of the Paris food markets while we are there. But most of the ones I've found (e.g., Cook 'N with Class) are fairly pricey. I'm not interested in doing hands-on cooking, but I'm happy to do hands-on shopping and certainly hands-on eating! Is it possible to find something for around $50 per person?
Get a good cheese book in the states, like Murray's or even better 'Cheeses of France ' with an introduction by Robuchon, If you are already in Paris go to Village Voice on Rue Princess, Odile the owner will help you. then go to a zillion cheese shops and buy bits of many different ones. You will learn far more than at any course, regardless of price. l taught courses forever and this above statement was my mantra. As Phil D said, Laurant DuBois at Maubert-Mutualite metro or his original shop at Dupleix are wonderful. So are Barthelemy, Alleosse, Marie Cantin, Chez Virginia, and many others.
Thanks to all for the tips. This isn't my first trip to Paris, but it's the first time with my son. We live near -- and frequent -- Murray's Cheese in NYC. Even though they have an amazing range of cheeses, we wanted to be sure learn about and try cheeses that we might not find here. I will definitiely look into some of the suggestions above!
For inexpensive, "backstage" visits to various artisans, check out Meeting the French http://www.meetingthefrench.com/servi.... Their schedule doesn't have cheese shops right now, but many bakers, chocolatiers, etc.
I`ve done many of their little tours and found them fun and fascinating.
Save your money.
Wander around the markets they are easy to find and very accessable.
Then head to a good cheese shop (lots of recommendations on the board - but do beware of bad ones - Laurent Dupois in the 5eme is the best) and spend your $50 on cheese, bread and wine and enjoy a picnic. As there are three of you do this three days running and try a selection of different cheeses each day.
You can add variety by spending some of the money in a top chocolate shop for dessert. The best cheese and chocolate is expensive so this way you will get to taste more.
Best to dive in and have fun.