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2023-06-26 00:00:00 Avenue Magazine For the Next Best Thing in Parisian Food, Look Skyward

For the Next Best Thing in Parisian Food, Look Skyward

Very haute cuisine
SKY-HIGH Fine dining takes flight with La Compagnie’s Michelin-starred dinner service
Photo courtesy of La Compagnie

The problem with going to Paris has long been getting to Paris, as if the magic of the City of Lights could only be reached through a long, dark tunnel of airplane corridors and uncomfortable flights. That was somewhat ameliorated in 2014, with the introduction of La Compagnie, an all-business-class service flying from Newark to Paris (and now Milan and Nice).

PERCH WITH A VIEW A window seat on La Compagnie’s Newark-to-Paris direct flight
Photo courtesy of La Compagnie

With it came the promise of 76 fully flat seats in two specially kitted-out Airbus A321neos. Now the airline is tackling that last bugaboo of travel: airplane food. With the launch of the 2023 Chefs & Co. program, a Parisian sojourn begins with wheels up in EWR. In May, chef Frédéric Duca, of the new (and impossible to get into) Parisian restaurant Rooster, inaugurates the summer season with a delicate marinated salmon, with Espelette pepper, kumquat, and tarragon aioli. But, of course, no trip to Paris — or, really, to the skies, or even just out of the house — is complete without a glass of wine.

This season La Compagnie paired with a pair of French wine critics, Michel Bettane and Thierry Desseauve, to curate a list of natural and organic wines, including cellar keepers like Châteauneuf-du-Pape from Romain Duvernay and a legendary Château La Tour de Mons, Margaux.

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