Lyon. Chef Christophe Marguin sells his collection of more than 4,000 presidential and royal menus at auction

Lyon.  Chef Christophe Marguin sells his collection of more than 4,000 presidential and royal menus at auction

They tell the story of the evolution of Lyon’s gastronomy, but also certain great moments in our history: more than 4,000 imperial, presidential and royal menus, brought together over forty years by Lyon chef Christophe Marguin, will be put on sale in Paris Friday May 31.

The president of the Toques Blanches Lyonnaises has entrusted his collection to Virginie Vernier, director of the Millon auction house in Lyon, to appraise and organize this exceptional sale.

More than 150 years of history

The oldest menus, handwritten, take us back in time to 1868 and transport us to the table of Napoleon III. We also follow in the footsteps of the Kennedy couple, guests of honor of France and President Charles de Gaulle, on 1er June 1961, at the Palace of Versailles.

The gala dinner brought together 174 guests in the dazzling Hall of Mirrors. We also find the meal of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the D-Day landings during which Bill Clinton was received by President Mitterrand in 1994, the inauguration of the liner France by President Pompidou in 1970, that of the Channel tunnel by President Mitterrand in 1994, the visit of the Sarkozy couple to Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle in 2008…

“Because in France, history is also written around the table”, Christophe Marguin offers to revive a page of French History during two exceptional dinners with the complicity of Mathieu Viannay, chef of restaurant La Mère Brazier in Lyon and Frédéric Vardon, chef of the restaurant Le 39 V in Paris.

Thus, in Lyon, Thursday March 21, Mathieu Viannay will reproduce the menu proposed to American President John Fitzgerald Kennedy in 1961 at the Palace of Versailles. Reservations are already open at the restaurant La Mère Brazier.

>> Exhibition of the collection for the general public Wednesday May 29 and Thursday May 30, 2024, 3 rue Rossini in Paris 9th. Auction Friday May 31.



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