Thursday, November 6, 2014

Ease into the weekend with "Bubbles & Jazz" at Hôtel La Trémoille!

Jazz singer Vita Schmidt and pianist Matthieu Nalleau. "Bubbles & Jazz" at Hôtel La Trémoille.

With a nod to its place in jazz history, Hôtel La Trémoille has come up with the perfect way to ease into the weekend. The elegant boutique hotel located in the heart of the Golden Triangle is hosting a series of "Bubbles & Jazz" evenings in their cozy Louis2 Lounge every Thursday.

As soon as I heard that Vita Schmidt, a jazz singer who has just completed four years at Boston's Berklee College of Music, was performing on October 23, I asked Edouard if he wanted to join me for an evening of jazz, champagne and savory petit fours.

Hotel La Trémoille is located a short distance from the Champs-Élysées
 in the heart of the Golden Triangle.

Live music has always been a strong draw for expats and visitors to Paris. During the smoky jazz scene of the 1960s, Hôtel La Trémoille was the setting for many jazz performances and a regular meeting place for Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. In the hotel's foyer, there's even a black and white photo of the two jazz giants waving from adjoining windows on La Trémoille's first floor. In keeping with tradition, Vita Schmidt's soulful voice and Matthieu Nalleau's smooth stylings provided a relaxing backdrop for our animated conversation.

Dessert? Yes, please!

The evening had gotten off to such a delightful start that Edouard and I decided to prolong it by dining at La Trémoille's Louis2 Restaurant. Unable to resist the homemade duck foie gras served with a tangy chutney and Poilâne bread, I was thankful that Edouard let me sample his equally enticing crab and fennel salad. Following our waiter's recommendation, I had the grilled sea bass and orange glazed carrots with a hint of cumin, one of chef Fabrice Debois' specialities. It was perfectly paired with a glass of Sancerre. Dessert was a buttery sablé topped with succulent raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and red currants.

"Bubbles & Jazz" evenings at Hôtel La Trémoille are an entertaining way to unwind after work or to start your evening in Paris. From 5:00 until 8:00 pm every Thursday, one coupe of Moët & Chandon champagne and assorted savory petit fours are 15 euros.

Insider's tip: Unless you prefer to pass through the main foyer to see the photo of Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington, it's possible to enter the Louis2 Lounge directly from the side door located on Rue de la Tremoille. Warm up next to the marble fireplace!

Hôtel La Trémoille
14 rue de la Trémoille
75008 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 56 52 14 00

"Bubbles & Jazz" at La Trémoille

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