by Arianna Caracciolo with Mickaël Mugnaini

NICE. Despite the Indian summer looks like to going on forever on the Côte d’Azur, the end of the year 2018 is fast approaching, and with it the winter festivities. For the occasion, La Maison LAC is offering a chocolate countdown with the 2018 edition of its Advent Calendar. “Enjoy craving a chocolate every day!” This will be the motto of many azureens and visitors from around the world. From December 1st the 24 they will discover sweets which will prepare their palate for the Christmas feast and its traditional delicacies. It will be impossible to resist the SAPIN MENDIANTS of dark or milk chocolate, the flagship of the house, as well as the REFUGE LAC.

The snowy hut’s sculpture composed mainly of Caribbean 68% dark chocolate, marshmallows with Madagascar vanilla and milk chocolate

Going back to the Advent Calendar, it a Presented in a golden box such as a chessboard, containing 24 black and white surprise boxes inspired by the two-tone paving of Place Masséna in Nice. The Advent Calendar created by Pascal Lac offers the opportunity to discover (or rediscover) the unique know-how of Maison LAC and the original flavors that made it famous. Coated popcorn, soft caramel, orangetta, praline variations … there will be something for everyone and even the most gourmet. The Advent Calendar will be available from November 10, 2018 in the four shops of the Maison LAC (Barla, Gioffredo, Old-Nice and Cap3000) for 35 €. Pascal Lac and his team will present to the press and some privileged customers the Christmas 2018 collection during a private event that will take place on Saturday, November 24 in the majestic rotunda of the Hotel Negresco in Nice, , the capital of the Cote d’Azur! Do you fancy a Christmas bathed in magic and in luxury? Let yourself be seduced by Patisseries Lac’s decadent 2018 chocolate collection.


For over 20 years, this chocolate confectioner has delighted people in Nice and tourists from all over the world through his creations of creamy sweets, crispy chocolates and macaroons. “Les Patisseries Lac” tale began in 1995 with the opening of a boutique in Beaulieu sur Mer, with Pascal Lac working in the back and his wife Valérie at the counter. In 2001 the couple opened the shop in rue Barla 18 in Nice, with a sales area and a larger workroom for the production of chocolates and macaroons. The flagship shop was then completely renovated in 2004 in an elegant and contemporary style, which is the brand of “Les Patisseries Lac”.

In 2006, the company’s achievement lets Pascal Lac to open a 500m2 workshop in the Trinité neighbourhood. In 2007, he closes the shop in Beaulieu to open the shop in rue Gioffredo 49 in Nice. 2008 is the year of the great awards from the Club Croqueurs de Chocolat. With the creation of the “PAVÉ MASSÉNA”, inspired by the two-tone design of the paving of Place Masséna, Lac gets the award of “best among the best” chocolatiers of France. Then, in 2009 comes the second prize “best among the best” chocolatiers of France. In 2012, “Les Patisseries Lac” opens the boutique at 12 rue de la Préfecture and continues to succeed by creating a space at the Galeries Lafayette Gourmet in Cap 3000, in Saint-Laurent-du-Var. In 2013, Pascal gets a third prize “best among the best” chocolatiers of France, and the most precious award in 2014, the “Incountournable” prize, a title awarded among the top 20 chocolatiers of France by the Club Croqueurs de Chocolat. Recently, collaboration with the artist Sabine Géraudie has surprised customers and the chocolate world with the creation of “La Chaise de SAB en chocolat” on the Promenade des Anglais. 3 meters high and placed on a pedestal, the chair has become one of the most photographed works of the French Riviera. With unlimited competence and creativity, Pascal Lac has reproduced the aesthetics of Sabine Géraudie’s work into a crunchy dark chocolate, incorporating the characteristics of this Nice symbol: the chair is presented as a jewel in its treasure chest, where gourmets will recognize the taste of the Caribbean 68% dark chocolate, on a chocolate base gently mixed with toasted and caramelized almonds! As time to celebrate with family and friends is imminent, Christmas’ magic has inspired Pascal Lac a new collection of Yule log cakes and other winter delicacies. The result of his extraordinary know-how and overflowing creativity is twelve original creations that will adorn the windows of the Les Patisseries Lac throughout December 2017. More tasty than ever, the 2017 collection offers 9 logs of which 2 iced, not only chocolate filled, but also with chestnuts, fruit and citrus.


To the great classics such as the CRAQUELIN, a chocolate mousse, pralines and crunchy chocolate biscuit, the MARRON which is a chestnut cream, drops of chestnuts, Chantilly cream with chestnuts and sweet almond biscuit, and LA PERLE, a mousse of vanilla with strawberry and raspberry coulis, crumbly biscuits and madeleine biscuit, Lac has invented the GLACE FRAMBOISE, an almond biscuit, vanilla ice cream from Madagascar, meringue and raspberry sorbet, a delicious CHEESECAKE, a shortbread biscuit with made of strawberries, biscuit soaked in sabayon, passion fruit and cream cheese, and the decadent MOELLEUX DES FETES, a dacquoise of petits choux, complemented by a creamy gianduia and caramelized baked apples. In addition, Lac has designed the new edition of the Advent Calendar, the perfect gift to prepare the palate and wait for Christmas. This pastry chef who has often been elected “the best of the best” in France, reinvents the magic of Christmas by offering the opportunity to enjoy 24 of his original creations day after day, and to offer to the children but also to the great lovers of gourmet food 24 surprise boxes in black and white, an elegant design inspired by the two-tone paving of Place Masséna in Nice, carefully arranged in a golden box, like a jewel in its treasure chest. Each box hides inside a gastronomic treasure to be enjoyed day after day until Christmas morning. Among the 24 surprises, traditional chocolate pieces, Santa Claus and macaroons, but also delicacies including the famous “mendiants”, nougat, pralines, marshmallows, caramelized orange peels and popcorn. Pascal Lac offers the best of the best for the palate during the 24 days before Christmas!

Julien Lac, Valérie Lac, Pascal Lac in their confectioner’s shop in Nice


Pascal Lac’s Christmas 2018 collection is available this December in the four shops on the Côte d’Azur: in Nice, on rue Barla 18, open from Monday to Saturday from 9 to 12:30 and from 15:00 to 19:30; on Sundays from 9:30 to 13:00 and from 16:00 to 19:00; in rue Gioffredo 49, the store will be open from Monday to Saturday from 9:45 to 19:15; in the old Nice, in rue de la Préfecture 12, the shop opens from Monday to Saturday from 9:30 to 19:30, Sunday from 9:30 to 13:00 and from 15:00 to 19:00; in Saint-Laurent-du-Var the collection is located in the Lafayette Gourmet of the Cap 3000 shopping center, in Avenue Eugène Donadeï, open from Monday to Saturday from 8:30 to 20:45 and on Sundays from 10:00 to 19:45.




Sprinkle magic on your festive season; succumb to the charms of chocolate!

Les Patisserie Lac wants you to share in the endless enchantment!

Press Contact: Mickaël Mugnaini
Tel : 06 25 08 77 09
Email : mickael.mugnaini@gmail.com


Crédits photos : Famille Lac © Thierry Caron, Calendrier de l’Avent © Marc Laurin

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