Shanghai, China – February 2018 – Les Grands Verres, a restaurant bar in the Palais de Tokyo in Paris and the fifth venue from the globally acclaimed and multi-award-winning Quixotic Projects, will run its pop-up at The Ritz Bar & Lounge in The Portman Ritz-Carlton, Shanghai for five nights from Monday, March 19 to Saturday, March 24 as part of the hotel’s Movers & Shakers guest bartending series, in partnership with Thirsty Work Productions and Bacardi China.
Pop Up Bar at The Library, The Ritz Bar & Lounge
Les Grands Verres is headed by partners Josh Fontaine, Carina Soto and Adam Tsou. The team first opened cocktail bar Candelaria in 2011 (currently no.19 on the World’s 50 Best Bars list), followed up by Glass, Le Mary Celeste and Hero, all in Paris. The restaurant bar boasts a 13-metre bar counter made from compacted earth, while operations are geared towards reducing bottle and packaging waste. The bar also grows its own edible flowers, composts on-site and recycles almost all its waste. It also cares for 40,000 bees. From 19 to 24 March, from 7pm–midnight each night (apart from Monday, when it kicks off at 9pm), Josh Fontaine and Carina Soto will be serving eight delightful concoctions in the pop up bar at The Ritz Bar & Lounge, each reflecting the Paris venue’s commitment to sustainable practices behind the bar.
Date/Time: 19 - 24 March, 2018, 7:00pm – 12:00am
Prices: From RMB 98 per cocktail, subject to 15% service charge
Les Grands Verres Master Class at The Library, The Ritz Bar & Lounge
To explain more about the bar’s attempts to leave as little impact on the environment as possible, Josh and Carina will also be hosting a master class on sustainability for Shanghai’s food and beverage community, taking place on Wednesday, 21March between 3 to 5pm.
About Les Grands Verres
Les Grands Verres has been conceived to fit perfectly with the artistic universe of the Palais de Tokyo cultural hotspot in Paris, and to bring a bit of an “east side” approach with its cocktails to the neighbourhood’s local life. Whether you are a local resident or a visitor to the city, Les Grands Verres is a lively meeting point whose identity is cultural, artistic, gastronomic, universal, festive and cosmopolitan. The space was imagined in collaboration with the Parisian agency Lina Ghotmeh – Architecture, and constitutes a wide mineral world where stone, earth, wood, metals, and light live together. The restaurant bar explores new sustainable practices, implementing unique solutions to reducing bottle and packaging waste. It also grows its own edible flowers, composts on-site and recycles almost all of its garbage, in addition to hosting 40,000 bees. The bar concept was created by Hyacinthe Lescoët, the previous head bartender of Le Mary Celeste who recently won first prize at the famous Chivas Masters contest in France. The cocktail menu is enriched by authentic creations, always respecting the bar’s belief in waste reduction and using and reusing materials that have a limited impact on our planet.
About Josh Fontaine
Josh Fontaine grew up in Woodstock, Connecticut, before moving to New York City aged 18. While he was a student at NYU, he worked for the iconic live music venue Irving Plaza: everything from distributing flyers to PR to running the ticket office. Later, he began picking up bartending shifts (Orchard Bar, Double Happiness, Palais Royal), and got a job at September Wines & Spirits to learn more about the wine industry. After a decade in the Big Apple, he headed to Paris to get a Masters in International Relations at AUP and the Sorbonne. While bartending in Paris to pay his bills, he met Carina, his then-manager. Their friendship helped set the foundation for what is now Quixotic Projects – in fact, while he finished all his university coursework, he opened taqueria-and-cocktail-bar Candelaria in lieu of completing his thesis.
About Carina Soto
Carina grew up in Colombia, but moved to Paris to study French in 2004. After working in restaurants and having always been attracted by the food and beverage industry, she decided to study Marketing and Management in Hospitality. In 2007 she started her professional bartender career, working in one of the first craft cocktail bars in Paris, and in 2008 took first prize for her original recipe in France’s national cocktail contest, Les Trophées du Bar. Since then she has designed cocktails for brands, organized events and worked as a food and beverage consultant in luxury hospitality, all before founding Quixotic Projects.
About Quixotic Projects
Quixotic Projects is a creative community that builds soulful, idiosyncratic businesses by weaving the passion of its chefs, bartenders, designers, craftsmen and hospitality professionals into a time, a place and a memorable guest experience. Its current portfolio includes Candelaria, Glass, Le Mary Celeste, Hero and Les Grands Verres.