Saturday, March 17, 2012 from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)
Civilian Art Projects & Carole Wagner Greenwood
invite you to
an evening celebrating The Alice B Toklas Cookbook, a memoir that will serve as guidebook for this very special evening. What better way to explore the ways that food & art collided than through one of the best-selling cookbooks of all time, written through the culinary eyes of Toklas and Gertrude Stein, dinner hostesses to most of the greatest artists of the 20th century- a list that includes names like Picasso, Matisse, Bracque, Hemingway, Apollinaire, Satie, Hartley, Cocteau, Nijinsky and Diaghilev.
The Alice B Toklas Cookbook is a work that is as much an autobiography as it is a cookbook. Its recipes memorialize the meals, people, places and conversations that she cooked and ate with the many artists, writers and thinkers who populated the salon that she and partner Gertrude Stein cultivated at 27 Rue de Fleurus in early twentieth century Paris. The evening will include not simply the food served at the salon, but Toklas' very specific instructions for presentation and consumption. Engage with other artists and gourmands over cocktails and multiple courses of early spring dishes, paired with specially selected wines.
"To cook as the French do, one must respect the quality and flavour of the ingredients. Exaggeration is not admissable. Flavours are not all amalgamative. These qualities are not purchasable but may be cultivated. The haute cuisine has arrived at the enviable state of reacting instinctively to these known principles."
Alice B Toklas
When & Where
Civilian Art Projects
Civilian Art Projects is a gallery in Washington, DC representing emerging and established artists. Civilian presents a challenging exhibition series supporting artists working in a broad range of media including painting, photography, sculpture, works on paper, and other emerging forms.