French food or French art? What’s your pleasure?
Doesn’t matter thanks to celeb chefs, formers Hell’s Kitchen contestants Van Hurd and Kevin Cottle. The two have arranged for you to have a little of both over at the New Britain Museum of American Art.
The museum hosts a new Henri Toulouse-Lautrec exhibit from January 12 to May 12. Toulouse-Lautrec lived in Paris during the 20th century Belle Époque (Beautiful Era) but was not the only famed celeb creating history at the time. There was also a chef, named Georges Auguste Escoffier.
“We just thought it would be a great idea, to feature the Godfather of French cooking at the same time the famed French artist was being featured at the museum, “ said Cottle. “Toulouse-Lautrec’s was the artist of the Moulin Rouge and Escoffier was the head chef there at the same time. It was a natural.”
Hurd and Cottle, who met during Chef Gordon Ramsey’s reality show a few years ago, and who now work for Jordan Caters, have set up three wine dinners at the museum that will include food demonstrations, authentic Escofier recipes, and tours of the art exhibit. This is the second year the two are presenting a wine dinner series at the museum.
The two-hour wine-paired dinners will be held on Jan. 10, Jan. 31 and Feb. 21. Among the foods that will be served depending on each night’s menu are Coquilles St. Jacques, classic cassoulet with duck and pork, Crepes Suzette, pheasant consomme, Escargot Chablisienne and dark chocolate soufflé. Hartley and Parker will be presenting French paired wines.
“The food was inspired at the same time as the art was inspired,” said Cottle about the series. “We will invite people from the audience to get involved and the plan is to have fun and laugh and drink and talk about wine and food and art.”
The dinners are from 6 to 8 p.m. Cost is $90 per person per class or three classes for $240 a person. Registration is limited to 30 per class. For more information call 203-272-8213.