Convivium: photoreports of excellent restaurants
Convivium, after 24 years of work, is a top class guide with a complete information and great usability: a smart review of the best tables in valuable destinations.
Do not call us Blog: Convivium is a real Guide...
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The Convivium format
The Convivium photoreports don't need captions (and most dishes names cannot be translated). We wish to give you the impression of living a great experience of taste and pleasure.
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The videos shot by Laura Albé in restaurant kitchens. You'll find rare interviews and footage of the main phases of the preparation of dishes filmed in some of the most famous haute cuisine restaurants.
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Top cooking, great welcome
The Food & Welcome Award by Convivium is given at our discretion to the best Restaurants and Hotels visited and reviewed.
The life of an independent guide such as Convivium, with no publishing giants behind it, is increasingly fraught with obstacles, ranging from discrediting to boycotts.
The landscape in which we operate is disturbed by the intrusive presence of influencers and foodbloggers of dubious value, who lambaste those who should be filtering and fail to do so because of unpreparedness or questionable beliefs.
Our (very few) detractors are convinced that Guidebook inspectors, unlike us, operate anonymously and that their visits are paid for, like regular customers.
Then you realize that the vast majority of them are perfectly known and recognizable to any restaurateur: let's dispel the myth of visiting anonymously, they are all familiar faces and names now!
Then you realize that so many restaurateurs complain that they have not received any visits but only questionnaires.
Then you realize that certain "guides" publish comments and "reviews" of anyone without checking the reliability of the sources.
Then you realize that in order to have plaques, stickers and whatnot, it is necessary to shell out the purchase price.
Then you realize that in order to have certain coveted awards it is strongly recommended to have certain suppliers and certain mise en place...
And maybe we'd better stop here...
We would confidently say that we have never asked a single euro from any restaurateur or hotelier.
Our Reportages, because of the way we operate, cannot take place anonymously. We state this clearly, as opposed to those who make it appear so even though it is not so.
Our reportages are free, and those who would like to explore the concept should read our full guidelines in "Philosophy of Convivium".
We always "tiptoe around," letting more than reasonable intervals pass between visits and publishing florid reports, asking restaurateurs and hoteliers for only a couple of hours of cooperation when we visit.
This is Convivium, and we are proud of it. Enjoy!