Rat au Vin

At first glance, this cotton canvas bag just looks like a sturdy, well-made tote. If you investigate more closely, this lovely tote that Cleo Charuet created for Commune de Paris is a quite disturbing menu. Consommé de Cheval? Flanqué des Rats? Oui, these are real dishes!!! They were actually high society menu items in France on Christmas, 1870. There are some interesting menus and explanations in this book.

Charuet also created a poster, a t-shirt and napkins based on these menus. Find them all in the Commune de Paris boutique.

image courtesy of Commune de Paris

3 Responses to “Rat au Vin”
  1. Caitlin Rose says:

    what a cool idea, the napkins sound cute too.

  2. Lisa Maria says:

    How things have changed – I’m glad rats have made their way off the menus. Such an amusing idea for a tote!

  3. Jen McCabe says:

    Caitlin Rose–They are funny!

    Lisa Maria–I love that it SOOO unexpected.