All posts by Emily Brookes

French Restaurants Offering Doggy Bags

First hamburgers arrived, then Tex-Mex. But never before has the Americanization of French food culture been more evident than on January 1, 2016, when the Union of Hospitality Trades and Industries handed a down a “strong recommendation” to restaurants serving 150-200 covers per day that they make doggy bags available to their customers.

Despite some breathless early coverage, there is no obligation enshrined in law. This misreporting seems to arise from the fact that the recommendation is part of a larger law targeting food waste. Nonetheless, the move is an important one for a country that throws away a reported 7 million tonnes of food waste per year – and where, up until now, there was no expectation that a restaurant would allow its customers to take their leftovers home.

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Our Holiday Gift Guide

Eiffel Tower bread knives be banished! This year, give the Francophile foodie in your life the perfect present – be it edible (or quaffable) or not – using our handy gift guide. We’ve canvassed some of Paris’ top food retailers, writers and producers to find great gifts with a no-dust-gathering guarantee.  >> Read More