The Peninsula Paris Celebrates its Grand Opening
On April 16th, the hotel celebrated its grand opening in a blaze of colour, music and a guest list comprising international stars, guests from around the world and “le tout Paris”.
Guests arriving at the party were greeted with three large Montgolfier balloons floating above a Hollywood-style red carpet, each bearing the golden word of hospitality - "Welcome" - in the three languages - French, Arabic and Chinese - that forge The Peninsula Paris’ culture.
While the festivities proceeded, the back-of-house was a hive of activity in a celebration of the art of hospitality and gastronomy. The menu developed by Executive Chef Jean-Edern Hurstel featured copious quantities of caviar, blue lobster, wild salmon and line-caught European sea bass, Kobe beef, milk-fed lamb and veal carpaccio. Sumptuous dessert buffets created by award-winning Pastry Chef Julien Alvarez included literally thousands of cream puffs, verrines of seasonal fruit and dessert tarts with heady scents of tonka, chocolate, raspberry, lemon and nuts, petit-fours, chocolates and vast arrays of sweets, all set off to perfection by a chocolate fountain and over 150 litres of ice cream.
The occasion also called for fine wines, Champagnes and the very best Grands Crus selected by the hotel’s Chief Sommelier Xavier Thuizat, including :
- 1800 bottles of champagne and wine
- 300 bottles of spirits for mixing cocktails
- On arrival, partner Dom Pérignon served guests a duo of delicacies - Dom Pérignon Vintage 2005 and Alverta Imperial caviar from Petrossian.
- Deutz – The Peninsula Hotels’ Champagne partner for over 25 years - filled and refilled glasses through the night
Champagnes on offer also included Laurent Perrier and Taittinger which offered two Methuselahs, equivalent to eight bottles, of Comte de Taittinger 2005 to celebrate the event.
Thuizat also paid tribute to his home region of Burgundy, with a Jeroboam, equivalent to four bottles, of the coveted Meursault Premier Cru.
Highlights from the hotel’s extensive wine cellar also featured celebrated Bordeaux wines including Chasse-Spleen, Château Talbot, Domaine Duclot– La Vinicole, and great Burgundy vineyardswine growers including Chapoutier and Prieur-Brunet.