Concierge’s newsletter n°37 – March 2013 

Restaurant – Citrus Etoile

CitrusLocated at the foot of the Arc de Triomphe, nearby from the Champs-Elysées, Citrus Etoile restaurant is easy to find in this area of luxury, high business and high diplomacy.

After pushing the door of 6, rue Arsène Houssaye, you will discover a warm, colorful and bright establishment.

The dominant colour of the decor is orange with touches of green on a light gray background that reflects light.

As well as the excellent cuisine of Chef Gilles Epié, the place is imbued with the presence of Madame Elisabeth Epié who has brought his team a sense of welcome almost unique in Paris.

In dishes, we found Chef Gilles Epié and his spirit of French haute cuisine.

Chef – Gilles Epié

Chef- Gilles EpiéGilles Epié started working at the age of 14 with Alain Senderens. After travelling around the world, he returned to Paris and received a Michelin star in 1989, holding at only 22 years, the record of the youngest chef in France.

The Chef Epié is known for its cooking creations, without butter or cream: “I use a lot of steam, says it, simple cooking requires the use of premium products.”

Fusion culinary dishes French/Californian from Gilles Epié, nicknamed “Frenchy American” charmed many gourmets and celebrities around the world.

He is the first chef to have his own cookbook online free, available for every web users. (Currently only in French, but soon available in English).

Exhibitions  – Marie Laurencin at Marmottant Monet Museum

Musée MarmottanFrom February, the Marmottan Monet museum pay tribute to Marie Laurencin, a women-painter the most famous of the twentieth century.
This exhibition is the first to be held in a French museum to recognize the work of one of the most attractive brushes in the first half of the century.
Its rediscovery will, over fifty years after her death celebrate the hundred and thirtieth anniversary of her birth.
Matisse said to her that “At least, here’s one that is not a warbler.”
Among some ninety works collected at the Marmottan Monet Museum, the great majority come from Japanese’s owner, M. Takano and his son Mr. Yoshizawa, since nearly thirty years in Tokyo, Japan.

Time Schedule: 10am-6pm. 10am-8pm on Thursday. Closed on Monday

Opéra – Falstaff from Giuseppe Verdi

Opéra Verdi“For forty years I have wanted to write a comic opera”. When Verdi wrote these words in 1890, he had already bid farewell to the stage not once but twice, with Aida and with Otello. Fifty years earlier, he had tried his hand at opera buffa with Un giorno de regno. The piece was a flop and, since his wife died during its composition, the failure left him highly embittered.
“I am having fun…” Verdi repeated continually when composing Falstaff. The composer views the escapades of the old penniless and pot-bellied knight, who wants to deceive the wives and ends up routed, in a dirty washing basket and tossed into the river Thames, with the clear-sighted, distant and mischievous gaze we recognise from his later photographs. At the age of eighty, his composing was leisurely and liberated from the rules. Arias, duets and ensembles merge together in the same musical movement, continuous and boisterous, making Falstaff an unsurpassed operatic comedy that, a century later, continues to give us the gift of joyous laughter.

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