Exhibition: Entrée - Plat - Dessert

While the Val-de-Marne prepares to host the Cité de la gastronomie Paris-Rungis, the Departmental Archives takes a look at the historic reality behind this cultural heritage in a region that has helped feed Paris since the Ancien Régime.

Food in the Val-de-Marne from the 18th century to the present day

Mixing archives, artworks and objects, the exhibition portrays three centuries of local production, agriculture and tableware. It also illustrates the diversity of eating habits among residents of the south-east of Paris, both in their daily lives and on special occasions. It shows that food, a vital element of health and society, also gave rise to the existence of a gastronomic culture in Val-de-Marne.

© Archives départementales du Val-de-Marne

Unfolding like a menu, the exhibition is structured around three chapters that take the visitor into distinct curated spaces.

The "starter", or "the garden and belly of Paris", draws a picture of the many agricultural, market garden and industrial productions of today’s Val-de-Marne. The "main course" studies the eating habits of local residents while considering the evolution of the food business, the progress of culinary equipment, and the rising number of cafés and restaurants. The "dessert" focuses on the societal and political dimensions of food and describes the role of public authorities.

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Exhibition: Starter – Main Course – Dessert

Food in the Val-de-Marne from the 18th century to the present day
Val-de-Marne Departmental Archives
January 14 2019 – October 25 2019
Free entry

More info on the Val-de-Marne Department website.