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Dinner Party Paris

Our wonderful and very French friend Olivier Billon (CEO & Co-founder of Ykone & who interviewed us here) invited us over for an intimate dinner at his Parisian flat on our recent trip abroad. It was not only an enjoyable night because of the company and conversation but also due to the service Olivier hired to perform the meal. You get one chef who buys all the ingredients that morning at the market, makes hors d’oeuvres followed by a three course meal with wine pairings, and then cleans up the kitchen as well as all the dinnerware which means… our host was able to be with us and enjoy the evening as much as we did. I wish this were more common in the US, or rather I wish I were friends with people who do this (all the time).

My apologies, I have all these amazing and strange food photographs but not a clue what it was we actually ate. Our chef beautifully described each course as it was served…in French! That’s okay, it sounded better that way.

Bon appetit!

Merci beaucoup, Olivier!



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  • Alisha Kumar

    Love the black and white photographs

  • http://www.parisinfourmonths.com/ Paris in Four Months

    It’s not often that we see you shooting food, but I really like it :) And I must say that I’m totally in love with the photo of you with the bun. You look so casual but still so sophisticated, I love your personal style.

    Best,
    Carin

  • Arzoo Amer

    Love these photographs. Wish there was more of this type of service that was affordable in the states.

  • http://couldawouldapica.blogspot.com/ andrea nicole

    agree wholeheartedly with carin. you look stunning!

  • Czech Blondýn

    Beautiful photos! Fabulous food! Love!
    http://www.czechblondyn.blogspot.cz

  • Olivier Billon

    Hi Jamie, thx for the article … such a pleasure to be there …

  • Molly {Dreams in HD}

    absolutely chic.
    the party and you both!

    Molly {Dreams in HD}
    http://dreamsinhd.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.yotengoalas.com/ Ana María Mendez

    I love your scarf. Would you tell me the material or brand?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sara-Gomes-Cangueiro/674402244 Sara Gomes Cangueiro

    love it!

  • Taliah

    Looks like a great time! l love the serving plates with the pretty hors d’oeuvres

  • http://theoccasionalindulgence.blogspot.com/ Naomi@TheOccasionalIndulgence

    I’m all for these types of events! Especially if I am hosting and don’t have to clean up after?! Score!

    http://theoccasionalindulgence.blogspot.com/

  • Kodi Schroeder

    We have services like that in Green Bay, WI…certainly it’s offered in New York as well?

  • http://www.chevronsandeclairs.com Supal

    This looks so indulgent! I was wondering, what kind of flash was used for thee photos? I’m in the market for one and since I host a great deal of dinner parties, I think pretty lighting like these are necessary.

    • http://annstreetstudio.com/ Jamie Beck

      all natural light!

  • http://www.hoggerandco.com Hogger & Co.

    What a grand dinner party, and so relaxing for the host to sit back and enjoy, often times you don’t even remember having the party because you were so harried.

  • http://www.thankfifi.com/ thankfifi

    Oh my goodness, what a great dinnerparty idea! Although I do enjoy the cooking I would at least love someone to come to do all the clearing up…

    ♥ Thankfifi

  • http://lasaloperie.blogspot.com/ Isa

    Beautiful photographs – you know you’ve got a good one if it still looks good in black and white! What camera do you use?

    http://lasaloperie.blogspot.com.br/

  • Natasha @ Northern Light Blog

    Looks just lovely!!
    I agree, wouldn’t it be super nice if we could all do something like this to entertain and spoil our guests! I just spend this past Sunday reading Soiree, so now I am all in to entertaining…

  • Naomi

    Mm, the food looks exquisite! Really nice photos. It does sound nice to have chefs manage the food while the host gets to entertain the guests. Why can’t it always be like that? The dress in the first colored photograph looks stunning! And you are so pretty~ How did you style your hair like that? Your look is a perfect combination of casual and refined.

  • Roque

    I read about this in the Times: http://www.kitchensurfing.com/new-york — it sounds similar to what your host did in Paris. Chef buys ingredients, cooks, cleans up, etc.