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Summer in France

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Summer in France

Saturday 6/2 from 9:00am to 12:30pm

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

Prepare and enjoy a light seasonal meal after exploring the evolution of French dining habits through the Huntington’s collection of French paintings and decorative arts. ($90 members, $100 non-members)

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Cooking Art History: The Original Celebrity Chefs and the Birth of Haute Cuisine

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Cooking Art History: The Original Celebrity Chefs and the Birth of Haute Cuisine

This blog was featured in The Huffington Post on November 25, 2015.

The Getty Research Institute’s special exhibition The Edible Monument: The Art of Food for Festivals offers opportunities to travel through time and learn about culinary theatrics from the past.

In early modern Europe, food was spectacle. Between the 17th and 19th centuries, ostentatious court and civic banquets were de rigueur, and illustrations of these feasts endure in the books and prints designed for the Italian and French courts. Of course, the production of such lavish spectacles required a cook and a kitchen brigade. The early concept of the “celebrity chef” emerged in the late 16th century; by the 17th century, chefs were revered.

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