Please REGISTER AT LEAST 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE by calling The French Class at (415) 362-3666
The same conference is offered three times at The French Class:
Where did Parisians buy their food in the Middle Ages? And later, when its population kept growing? Discover the amazing story of what Émile Zola has dubbed Le Ventre de Paris, its enormous, busy central food market of the 19th-century, built to solve health issues as well as rampant famine. The spectacular Halles pavilions, entirely designed in cast iron and glass by Victor Baltard during the Second Empire, was an architectural landmark, “the cathedral of modern times.” See, through engravings and vintage postcards, the hampers, baskets, barrels, the mountains of food. Imagine the increasing din, the garrulous bargaining. Discover the lore of this unique city within the city where thousands of hands toiled to offer “the fat and the thin” (the rich and the poor) the glorious bounty of their labor.