The 2017 Symposium on the Arts of France: The History of the French Château

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017
11:00 AM Coffee/Lecture 11:30 AM
54 W. Chicago Avenue
Individual Lecture Tickets: $45

Feasts and Banquets: Luxurious Designs for the Aristocratic Tables from Château to Garden

When the famous chef Vatel took on preparations for a visit of Louis XIV to the Chateau de Chantilly, he took on more than even he could handle. The state visit required not only several days of meals for a large cast but housing, entertainment, other activities that ended far from well. While the levels of display seem extraordinary to current-day eyes, the tradition of visiting and presenting the visitor with a lavish display both culinary and visual, was already deep-seated. It reached an apex in late 17th century Italy and France, but Louis XIV was not as elegant in his eating habits as most of the aristocracy-he preferred his fingers to a fork.


Sarah D. Coffin is Curator and Head, Product Design and Decorative Arts Department, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum 


The Symposium on the Arts of France is not only a museum quality lecture program at the Alliance, it provides funding for our Cultural, Educational and Outreach programming each year.


Opportunities are still available for Grand Patron and Patron sponsorships. Please call Conery Hoffman at 312 337-1070 for more information on sponsorship benefits.


For reservation information call: (312) 337-1070
Please note that registrations for cultural programs are non-refundable.



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