Night at the Museum: Getty Gastronomy


Summertime often finds me wandering the well air-conditioned halls of the city’s various museums. (My apartment’s single window-unit just doesn’t cut it). But more often than not, a few hours spent among antique Japanese lacquer objects and roman portraits has me thinking less about art and more about, well, lunch. Boy am I in luck. This summer, the Getty museums are hosting a series of programs exploring history and culture through the lens of food and wine. Each class features something edible or potable, ranging from a full lunch prepared during a hands-on cooking class to some sips of traditionally made Georgian wines. Sign up at Deets below:

The Spectacle of French Cuisine, From Renaissance to Revolution
Join chefs and museum educators Maite Gomez-Rejon and Nancy Real in an exploration of French culinary traditions. Participants tour the Getty collections, prepare a meal during a hands-on cooking session using historic recipes and enjoy a class lunch together. Complements the exhibitions Cast in Bronze: French Sculpture from Renaissance to
Revolution and Capturing Nature’s Beauty: Three Centuries of French Landscapes.

Where: The Getty Center
Course fee: $75
July 30 & August 13

The Pleasure of Empire: Food and Cooking in Ancient Rome
Explore the culinary pleasures of the Roman Empire in a lecture and
tasting with historian Andrew Dalby and chef Sally Grainger, authors of
The Classical Cookbook. Dalby surveys the tastes and aromas of ancient
Rome, where ingredients were drawn from every province of the empire and
shipped at great cost over land and sea. Grainger shares her research on
the Roman recipe text Apicius and its remarkable survival from
antiquity. A tasting of delicacies from Apicius, as well as other
classical sources, follows.

Where: The Getty Villa
Tickets: $35
July 23, 7pm
July 25, 5pm

Wines of the Black Sea
Ancient wine-making traditions began along the Black Sea, and modern
Georgia is the source of delicious wines that hark back to antiquity.
Wine expert Barbara Baxter leads a tasting experience of Georgian wines.
Participants will tour the special exhibition The Golden Graves of

Where: The Getty Villa Course fee: $90
July 24, July 25, & July 26