Renoir, one of the rare Impressionists with working-class origins, stayed true to his roots by serving rustic, family-style dishes for friends and family visiting his home in Montmartre, Paris. His home was open for dinner every Saturday when friends would share a pot-au-feu which was cooked on a charcoal-burning stove. Desserts were inspired by Renoir’s friend and pastry chef, Murer, whose patisserie on Boulevard Voltaire Renoir had decorated.
Today we’ll gather by the open fire at art historian and chef Dr. Wendy Joyce's home to learn more about Renoir's life, art and food in Paris. After a presentation lasting about 40 minutes, we'll recreate Renoir’s pot-au-feu, followed by delicious warm chocolate tarts.
After the cooking, sit down and enjoy the meal with some fresh sourdough and a glass of wine.