Cooking with the Impressionists
If you love French cooking and Impressionist painting, you’ll love our series of half-day workshops, with a different artist featured in each session.
Recreate dishes straight from the recipe collections of the French Impressionist painters and, while you cook, learn more about their life and works. Price includes short visual presentation, glass of wine, all ingredients and recipes.
You’ll explore French Impressionism, and celebrate the good life so joyously captured by the Impressionists, with hands-on cooking classes led by a professional chef and an art historian. Join one workshop or all four over the course of the year—once you’ve done one, you’ll be sure to want to do more! Our 2020 series includes all-new material and new artists after previous year’s very popular sell-out workshops.
Cooking with the Impressionists: Claude Monet
28 March 2020, 10am-1pm
In this workshop, we’ll continue last year’s exploration of dining at Giverny, with new recipes from Claude Monet’s Normandy cooking journals. We’ll replicate delicious fried camembert fritters with apple chutney, a garden salad, and a fruit clafouti like the ones Monet’s cook used to make with fruits from his orchard.
Cooking with the Impressionists: Vincent Van Gogh
29 February 2020, 10am-1pm
In this workshop, we focus on Van Gogh's time in Arles in the South of France where he lived for a short time with fellow artist, Paul Gauguin. Learn how to cook two dishes inspired by Van Gogh's time in Arles: an easy but impressive 'tarte soleil' (savoury sun tart) and a surprise summery dessert!
Cooking with the Impressionists: Toulouse Lautrec
19 Oct 2019, 10am-1pm
One of Lautrec’s favourite hang-outs was the Moulin de la Galette, a popular restaurant-cabaret in a windmill in Montmartre where he painted some of his most well-known works. Van Gogh, Pissarro and Renoir also painted the Moulin de la Galette! The Moulin specialised in serving both savoury and sweet galettes made from the flour milled on-site in the moulin. Today’s dishes recreate a savoury mushroom and bacon galette and a sweet pear galette.
Cooking with the Impressionists: Paul Cézanne
9 Nov 2019, 10am-1pm
Learn how to make dishes inspired by Cézanne’s native Aix en Provence. Provencal goat’s cheese and vegetable tart followed by an easy but visually stunning almond tuile and fresh berry and cream stack.
Wellington on a Plate Events
Wendy is available to create curated feasts for hotels, wineries, lodges.
Parisian Belle Epoque
Jardin Grill, Sofitel
Diners travelled back in time to Paris of La Belle Époque, a golden age for French cuisine. Wendy collaborated with Chef Roy Giam to recreate the flavours and elegant atmosphere of Parisian life a century ago. His five-course degustation menu was paired with fine wines and champagnes. Soprano Barbara Paterson entertained us with opera and cabaret songs of the era. 2018.