May 2, 2011
When Sweet Pea Baking in Paris followed me on Twitter I was intrigued by the idea of an American baking for Frenchies in the city of light. Upon meeting Sweet Pea (aka Alisa Morov) I was seduced by her vivacious personality and her innovative new project Very Swell not to mention sated by her sinful 2-pepper chocolate cookies.
Themed dinners, afternoon teas, original artwork, and creative food are on the menu of this ‘retro but modern’ concept launch designed by Alisa and her partner Louise Brody of the Atelier 7 gallery.
This hip, and happening supper club/ art gallery/afternoon tea, gathering space will kick off its first event May 5th with a Mad Men themed dinner (appropriate dress obligatory and taken very seriously).
Alisa is a transplant from LA who has lived in Paris for 9 years and has two dessert cook books on cupcakes and meringues (a third on birthday cakes coming soon) under her belt. She will be cooking up a storm of Mad Men reminiscent food with a modern twist (no cool whip or processed mayonnaise). Louise, a UK native who has spent her formative years in the US and now calls Paris home, will style and host the event.
Signature champagne cocktails, straight bourbon whiskey, old-fashioneds, vodka gimlets, in theme music, dancing, Mad Men wall projections and original artwork will round out the much anticipated soirée.
Assuming success of this first foray into the Paris’ trendy underground dining scene, each subsequent hidden dinner (2-3 per month) will be entirely theme-based. Accordingly, everything will follow suit from the food, drinks, and décor to the attire of the guests and music.
Although the first event is by invitation only, all subsequent suppers will be open to the public for a participation fee of 70 euros. The lofted space is tucked into a small courtyard near the Montparnasse Cemetery holds up to 35 guests per cocktail dinner.
Every detail of ‘Very Swell’ has been precisely considered and planned as Alisa a former textile designer in the LA fashion world and, Louise a graphic designer by trade have a clear idea of image and brand. The ladies creative and arty energy coupled with Louise’s excellent curatorship and Alisa’s delectable cooking will most certainly draw an eclectic, arty, international crowd.
Also coming shortly from the Very Swell team Tea and Arsenic an afternoon get together of specialty tea, home made scones and cakes, cocktails and ,of course, gossip. These High Tea-inspired events will also be held in the gallery.
With their original themed take on the hidden dinner concept and their serious foodie, design and art backgrounds, I’m betting on Alisa and Louise to be the hot newcomers on the hidden, themed and foodie block.
Details of upcoming Dinners and Teas soon to be found on veryswell.com
- Three Underground Hidden kitchens in Paris
- Alisa’s Sweet Pea Baking where you can place your order for scrumptious treats
- Paris By appointment only talks about Atelier 7
- Cowgirl Chef eats Asian noodles with Louise Brody
Written by Erica Berman for the Hip Paris Blog. For our amazing rentals in Paris, Provence & Tuscany check out our website Haven in Paris. All graphics and art Very Swell and arranged with great care for HiP Paris by Alain Ollier and Erica Berman.
Written by Erica Berman
Erica Berman grew up in Lexington,Mass. After graduating from Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Journalism and an intensive summer at Middlebury College (Vermont), Erica came to Paris with hopes of submerging herself in French culture and perfecting her French -- and she never left. Erica is the founder and owner of Haven in Paris and the blog HiP Paris. She now splits her time between Paris (Montmartre), Maine (Damariscotta), Massachusetts (Lexington) and Italy (Genova). In her all-too-rare free time, Erica likes to travel off the beaten track, explore Paris, read, take photos, cook, ski, hike and enjoy long Sunday brunches with her friends.
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