The Scene: Seattle transplants Braden (a chef) and Laura (a baker) worried about making friends after their move to Paris last year. Their ingenious answer: throw dinner parties, and lots of them. After just 18 months, their dining atelier, which is also their apartment, has seen hundreds of diners, resulting in exponential expansion of their social circle—and buzz. The two use French ingredients and techniques to reinterpret great American dishes, scouring their local market, Marché d’Aligre, exotic spice stores, and Jean Bernard wines for inspiration and advice. Dinners, which start with an aperitif and end with petit fours presented in a silver jewel box, are as artful as they are delicious.
Hot Plates: Root vegetable pot pie with white truffle béchamel; kale-wrapped heirloom pork; butternut squash bread pudding.
The Lowdown: $87 for 7- to 10-course meal with wine pairings; Sundays and Friday or Saturday each week, except in July, August, and January; 12 guests.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.