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is the confiserie le Furet Tanrade gone?

RandyB Oct 7, 2011 10:16 PM

I usually try to reserve my favorite confitures ahead of a visit to Paris. My shop is le Furet Tanrade, on the rue de Chabrol in the 10th. In the past week or so I have emailed M. Furet, and phoned the store many times. No answer.

Does anyone know if this little shop selling their own, wonderful confitures, along with pastries and chocolate, has closed? I won't be in Paris until December to check myself.

Thanks.

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    clairep Mar 15, 2013 03:15 PM

    Hello Randy,
    I just see your question, just in case you haven't found out, le Furet Tanrade is now at 1 rue des Messageries, just one long block below his older location.
    He has the best jellies and chocolates ever, I am glad he isn't really gone!

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    1. re: clairep
      RandyB Mar 15, 2013 03:24 PM

      Thanks, ClaireP. Actually, I did find them pretty soon after they reopened, even before they had any jam for sale. M. Furet was kind enough to make up a special batch for me to take back to the US.

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        clairep Mar 15, 2013 03:29 PM

        oh great! I am glad you found him...he made a special jelly for you, lucky you!

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          oferl Apr 21, 2013 10:30 PM

          Hi RandyB, would like to visit the place, have you been there lately ? Cannot find exact hours of operation :-( And if you may repeat what specialities to look for there, it would be great :-) Thanks..

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            RandyB Apr 21, 2013 11:41 PM

            Hi, oferl,

            I can't say what the exact hours are. I have an idea it was Mon-Sat without a lunch closing, but I'm really not sure. I was there last around a month ago.

            My two favorites are the raspberry and the Sous le Soleil. It may be too early yet for raspberry. In past years, I've called in late summer to order it for pickup when I get to Paris in November.

            Sous le Soleil is a soft marmalade mix of three citrus fruits with lavender and vanilla. The raspberry is excellent, but this one alone makes it worth the trip for me.

            I also got some apricot last month. It was ok, but nothing special. I haven't tried any others since the reopening.

      2. RandyB Mar 26, 2012 08:39 AM

        I continue my search for a confiture that comes close to le Fûret-Tanrade. Here is my update:

        In December, I bought two jams at a monastery shop Parigi took me to and two at Pierre Hermé. I still had some framboise and some marmelade left from Furet-Tanrade to compare.

        1. The famous Christine Ferber sold at Pierre Hermé: Framboises à la Violette. The only outstanding aspect to this confiture was the price. Perhaps it is the violet, but it has an almost chemical overtone. Not an intense raspberry flavor. Texture quite liquidy. Not worth buying again, particularly at its high price.

        2. Abbaye de Sept-Fons: Framboises, confiture allégée bio. The allégée meant more framboise. It is very good, but alas still not the intense fresh-raspberry-ness of F-T.

        3. Monastère de la Compassion: Marmelade aux Trois Agrumes. (orange, pomelos, lemon). This is a very nice, tart marmelade with lots of peel. I can't compare it to my favorite F-T marmelade (Sous le Soleil). They are just two different types.

        4. Christine Ferber: Abricot. I sent this to my stepmother. She is addicted to Belle Maman abricot. She says she's tried fancier French brands and not liked them as much. I thought she might like trying a fancy and famous brand. She hasn't opened it yet, or hasn't told me if she has.

        Since arriving last Thursday, I`ve picked up a few more jams.

        5. Confiture royale de Fraise by L'atelier des Saveurs, run by another "Meilleur Ouvrier de France." It has whole strawberries in it, but not much fresh flavor. Other flavors only available online, which I won't try after this disappointment.

        6. Carla's Framboise Fleurs. A large jar, 270 gms, for 9,25€ at Gde Épic, 0,25 € more at Laf Gourm. This one is the winner so far. It has the intense fresh raspberry flavor I've been looking for. It has "samba flowers - 0,6%" according to the label. I can't find any reference to samba flowers, other than it being a generic label for brightly colored summer flowers.

        7. Carla's Mango and Passionfruit juice confiture. I love this combination. (See posts about Jacques Genin's caramels.) Like the raspberry, this has a very strong, fresh fruit flavor. I'd like a little more tang, but I wouldn't call it overly sweet. Note there is also a version with rum. I think that could overwhelm the fruit.

        The Carla jams come in jars with clamp down lids, and are internally sealed with wax. That's something I only associate with home jamming.

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          vielleanglaise Mar 26, 2012 01:07 PM

          Came across this today....

          http://instagr.am/p/Ibi_iVmVBY/

          1. re: vielleanglaise
            RandyB Mar 26, 2012 01:40 PM

            Anyone want to buy a bunch of jars of confiture, only slightly tasted?

            Seriously, I hope this is true. Other than your link, I can't find anything about it. He should try to get his website updated, at least. The address is around the corner from the old place. I have some plans tomorrow, but certainly by Wednesday I can go by.

            Thanks.

            1. re: vielleanglaise
              RandyB Mar 27, 2012 07:25 AM

              YES!!!!! Le Furet-Tanrade is indeed back. As of a week ago. I spoke at length with M. Furet today. In principle, he will only have Easter sweets until early May, when confiture will reappear. But perhaps sooner. Right now there is not much in the store at 1, rue des Méssageries, 10ème.

              The website was just updated with the new address, but that page is well hidden. Neither the address, phone number, nor email address are on the home page nor the boutique link. They (except for email) are under CDG (Conditions Générales de Vente):
              http://www.lefuret-tanrade.com/#/cgv/...

              I hope to report soon on the confiture. Meanwhile, thank you vielleanglaise!

              1. re: RandyB
                Parigi Mar 27, 2012 09:49 AM

                I'm sooooooo going there now.

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                  Parigi Aug 22, 2012 12:46 AM

                  I actually did go by back in march, and was told by the very nice owner that starting in the fall, which is very soon, the jam supply will resume. Stay tuned.

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                    saticoy Sep 1, 2012 09:34 AM

                    I was there in June and he had abricot ready...and strawberry was almost ready - he pulled a small jar out of batch for me. Both were superb, as was the experience of being in that magical workshop. Chocolates were lovely too.

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              nl06 Mar 28, 2012 02:27 PM

              Thanks, RandyB, for the lowdown on the jams that you listed, especially the Carla jams. The mango and passionfruit by Christine Ferber is one of my favorites, so I am interested in giving Carla a try.

              Speaking of Christine Ferber, you had written:

              >The famous Christine Ferber sold at Pierre Hermé: Framboises à la Violette. The only outstanding aspect to this confiture was the price. Perhaps it is the violet, but it has an almost chemical overtone. Not an intense raspberry flavor. Texture quite liquidy. Not worth buying again, particularly at its high price.

              I have never tried the Framboises à la Violette, but I did enjoy the Ispahan jam that she makes for Pierre Herme. Perhaps Ispahan (and not Framboises with Violet) is the one to get??

              1. re: nl06
                RandyB Mar 28, 2012 02:51 PM

                I still have not forgiven Pierre Herrmé for dropping his superb almond croissants in favor of ispahan croissants. So I'm not the person to ask anything about ispahan.

                It was suggested to me that Ferber has expanded so much that she has to be using frozen fruit and cutting other corners that reduce quality. Her locally sold product could be different than what is sold in Paris. Or her lower volume products could be better (more traditionally prepared) than her high volume products. I have no idea if any of this is correct.

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                  nl06 Mar 29, 2012 03:43 PM

                  It would be interesting if Ferber sells higher/lower volume products that are different from each other in quality. I notice that La Grand Epicerie is not carrying too many Ferber confitures at the moment. There are more gelees than confitures. Galleries Lafayette is carrying more Ferber confitures than LGE.

                  Have you tried any of Alain Milliat's jams? I haven't, but I do like Milliat's nectars and juices very much. If the quality of the jams are on par with those other products, I think I will like the jams, too.

                  I have not seen his jams at GL or LGE, but they are for sale at his shop/restaurant at 159, rue de Grenelle in the 7th.

                  1. re: nl06
                    RandyB Mar 29, 2012 11:43 PM

                    I have not tried Milliat confiture. Right now I am overstocked with jam, given all the ones I have been trying. Can one have a garage sale in Paris?

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                      Nancy S. Sep 18, 2012 06:59 AM

                      The nectars are far superior to the jams, which seem to have an overload of pectin.

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                vielleanglaise Nov 4, 2011 03:12 AM

                I saw a stand Le Furet Tanrade during a lighting visit to the Salon du Chocolat.

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                  Parigi Nov 4, 2011 03:49 AM

                  Are you a sadist or what. Don't tell us just that. Give us an address !!

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                    vielleanglaise Nov 4, 2011 05:42 AM

                    It was at the Salon du Chocolat, and I was only there for a flying visit. On the way out of the artisinal section I went past a stand Tanrade Le Furet, which caught my eye as I used to live in the rue de Chabrol.

                    Also, I recently asked the woman at Les Vignes en Ville about the guy (you know he once went on hunger strike?) and she told me he was continuing to make his wares, but without the shop.

                    1. re: vielleanglaise
                      Parigi Nov 4, 2011 05:47 AM

                      I have vaguely heard about the hunger strike.
                      A pâtissier-chocolatier who goes on hunger strike, is there anything more tragic?

                      1. re: vielleanglaise
                        RandyB Nov 4, 2011 09:49 AM

                        > Also, I recently asked the woman at Les Vignes en Ville about the guy
                        > (you know he once went on hunger strike?) and she told me he was
                        > continuing to make his wares, but without the shop.

                        M. Furet doesn't answer his phone or his emails, although the email part is pretty typical of French business people. So how does he sell his wares? Maybe only locally. The Furet-Tanrade site is still up, but that could be true for decades.

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                          vielleanglaise Nov 4, 2011 05:21 PM

                          I rummaged around on the InterWeb and found this:

                          http://www.chocorama.fr/#/exposants/3...

                          Look on the 5th row down.

                          1. re: vielleanglaise
                            RandyB Nov 4, 2011 05:48 PM

                            Sure enough, that exposant page lists the place on rue Chabrol. The link reads "Le-Furet-Tanrade.fr". That is a non-existent website. If you click on it, you go to the website of Paris-Caramels. The actual website is http://www.lefuret-tanrade.com, still up, running, and apparently useless.

                            Quite a mystery about the appearance at the Salon du Chocolat.

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                              vielleanglaise Nov 4, 2011 05:58 PM

                              Yes. But at least an appearence, a real one, not cyber, at the salon in question (Iike at the chocolat one where I saw them.)

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                                Parigi Nov 4, 2011 05:59 PM

                                Don't look.
                                http://www.leparisien.fr/paris-75/par...

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                                  Parigi Nov 4, 2011 06:04 PM

                                  There is also this facebook page.

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                                    RandyB Nov 4, 2011 06:15 PM

                                    I looked. Oi, gewalt.

                      2. Parigi Nov 4, 2011 02:24 AM

                        I high recommend that you try the organic confiture cerise noire from my poultry butcher at the marché St Quentin. I don't have a particular sweet tooth and don't usually like cherry jam but I love that jam. The jam is not too sweet - the original sin of most jams - and the cherry still tastes very cherry-like. The brand is "L'Epicurien". You may find it an acceptable consolation prize...

                        1. Parigi Oct 8, 2011 12:12 AM

                          I have seen it open not long ago. Will check it today on my way home from the Marrché St Quentin.
                          I agree it is a dandy little shop.

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                            RandyB Oct 8, 2011 12:39 AM

                            There is a boucherie in the Marché St. Quentin who has a very nice and simple terrine forestière. Can't remember the name of the booth. But not that many have it.

                            If le Furet Tanrade is open, could you tell them an old customer from the US has been trying to ask them to put aside three small or medium (225gms) confiture de framboise, and the same in Sous le Soleil?. I'll be there to pick them up early in Dec. If that seems too weird a request, leave it with letting me know if they are open.

                            Thanks,
                            Randy

                            1. re: RandyB
                              Parigi Oct 8, 2011 12:52 AM

                              You mean 3 jars of framboise jam, and 3 jars of something called "Sous le Soleil"?
                              No problem, Randy.
                              And did you notice your name was invoked in vain in some recent threads?
                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/782569

                              1. re: Parigi
                                RandyB Oct 8, 2011 01:03 AM

                                I`ve been caught up in building a new house and learing to make bread. Haven`t been following this board very closely. But now I have replied to your post.

                                And yes, 3 jars of each. By the way, Sous le Soleil is made from three citrus fruits and lavender. A very flavorful but mild, marmalade type jam.

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                                  Parigi Oct 8, 2011 01:10 AM

                                  Sous le Soleil sounds intriguing.
                                  Have you had the lavender pastry from Aurore Capucine? Very good, very beautiful.

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                                    Parigi Oct 8, 2011 06:46 AM

                                    Just checked it out. O Randy, I'm so sorry. The neighbors confirmed that it has closed for good recenlty, and most unexpectedly. The patron had some financial difficulties that it could not overcome.

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                                      RandyB Oct 8, 2011 09:22 AM

                                      Oh, no! I guess I better treasure the couple of jars I have left . . . forever. And see if anyone else makes raspberry conserves that good. My second choice has been the Framboise allegée (reduced sugar raspberry) from Hédiard, but it was definitely second.

                                      Sous le Soleil I can't hope for. It was unique to Le Furet Tanrade.

                                      Thanks for checking it out, Parigi.

                                      1. re: RandyB
                                        Parigi Oct 8, 2011 09:29 AM

                                        Aw shiiiiiit.
                                        Try A la Mère de Famille and also Pâtisserie Valentin in Passage Jouffroy. Also try Le Comptoir de l'Abbaye, which sells jams and wines and spirits from monasteries. Those monks have a lot of free time on hand and make astoundingly good chocolates and jams. Hallelujah.

                                        Lastly, Randy, rue de Chabrol has a few excellent consolation prizes:
                                        - the Touraine vintner's outlet "De Vigne en Ville",
                                        - the Cancale oyster bar Pleine mer right next to the sooo underrated Marché St Quentin.

                                        1. re: Parigi
                                          RandyB Oct 8, 2011 09:46 AM

                                          Well, looks like the theme for my all-too-short December trip to Paris will be "confitures." Thanks for the starting suggestions.

                                          I know that oyster bar very well. Pleine Mer at 22, Rue de Chabrol. I learned about it on this board originally. They have, or had, a very reasonable lunch deal. The one problem is their selection is erratic and unpredictable. Some days they just have a couple of their standards. Other days their best ones come in, in limited quantities.

                                          One time I brought the owner some wild Alaskan smoked salmon to sample and compare with his so-called wild smoked salmon from somewhere in northern Europe. The Alaskan is totally different from what you find in France, both in texture and taste. Plus, it truly is wild.

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                                          mangeur Oct 8, 2011 12:17 PM

                                          Now you have us all in tears, Randy. After you get your house and bread baking under control, you might play around with this take on your prized Sous le Soleil, adding more varieties of citrus.
                                          http://www.crinellawinery.com/family_...

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                                            Nancy S. Oct 9, 2011 07:12 AM

                                            What do you think about Christine Ferber's jams? I am a fan of the raspberry, as well as the special strawberry made only for Pierre Herme.

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                                            Pierre Herme
                                            72 Rue Bonaparte, Paris, Île-de-France 75006, FR

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