Art Meets Chocolate in Paris

At the Shangri-La Hotel Paris, the chocolate creations of François Perret come to life, paired with a luxurious afternoon tea experience.

Chocolate art? Yes, please! Inspired by a new exhibit at the Luxembourg Museum, Shangri-La Hotel's Pastry Chef François Perret is creating an impressionist masterpiece of his own—an edible chocolate paintbrush sitting atop a chocolate pot with, you guessed it, chocolate "paint."

Perret's chocolate creation is served as part of what Shangri-La Hotel Paris calls ARTea Time, a unique afternoon tea time experience which is being held in conjunction with a Luxembourg Museum exhibit dedicated to 19th-century art dealer Paul Durand-Reul. The exhibit features 80 impressionist classics, including pieces by Monet, Renior and Cézanne—famed artists whose recognition partly depended on the relationship each had with Durand-Reul. To sweeten the deal even more, the ARTea Time experience includes priority-access tickets to the Paul Durand-Reul exhibition.

Edible chocolate from Pastry Chef François Perret
Pastry Chef François Perret took the impressionists’ love of color into consideration when putting together his dessert. It's a milk chocolate paintbrush on top of a milk chocolate pot that is filled with dark chocolate ganache and almond and black currant cream. (Courtesy Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts)

The chocolate-as-art creations will be served in Shangri-La's La Bauhinia restaurant along with traditional tea-time treats, Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:30 pm, Oct. 15, 2014 through Feb. 4, 2015. The cost is 49 euros per person and is by reservation only (phone: 33.1.5367.1991).

And while Perret's art-and-chocolate-themed ARTea Time is only running until February, Paris travelers can find afternoon tea time served all year long at the Shangri-La Hotel Paris, making it one of the city's classic luxury travel experiences. Afternon tea at La Bauhinia is held every Monday through Friday from 3:30 to 5:30 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 4 to 5:30 pm. Expect delightful teas and hot beverages served with miniature pastries, finger sandwiches, scones and French biscuits. (Cost: 39 euros or 55 with a glass of champagne)