Bon Fond: in search of Sustainable Farming & Savoir-Faire in France

Bon Fond Lise Kvan Paris

Two chefs, Lise Kvan and Eric Monteleon, bought a van, fixed it up, named it Marcel and plotted their course for a cross-country adventure. Their purpose? A search for the abundance of France through its sustainable farming and the people preserving traditional methods of organic agriculture, animal husbandry, butchery, cheese-making, baking, smoking, and preserving. Though their journey continues, they’re making a quick stop in Paris this week for a special pop-up dinner at one of my favorite places in town, Cafe Mericourt (Reserve fast for April 11 and 12)  using ingredients supplied by the producers they’ve met along their tour. You’ll also hear the duo on a forthcoming episode of The New Paris podcast. 

Until then, Lise shares the back story behind their decision to hit the road with Bon Fond, who they’ve met so far and where you can find their goods in Paris. 

As we packed our bags, organized the van, and drove away from the city, I knew I’d miss Paris. But the promise of meeting artisans and farmers across France was about to become a reality, a journey I had dreamt of since working at Astrance, a three-star Michelin restaurant in the 16th arrondissement in Paris. Every day,…

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