Not along the Seine just outside Paris, and not on the balcony of Maison Fournaise in Chatou, France, but right here, outdoors in the VOC, is where it happened. A lovely gathering of friends was found celebrating the good life and discussing Susan Vreeland’s fictional story about Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s Impressionist painting, Luncheon of the Boating Party.
Chris Graff, as conversation-leader, expanded the group’s knowledge of Impressionism and the 1880’s time period, following the Franco Prussian War. Parisians were, at that time, free to again celebrate la joie de vivre or joy of life. Paula Potter hosted the outdoor affair, laying forth a wonderful repast, while capturing the spirit of Renoir’s famously charming painting.
The menu included: Assiettes de raisins rouges, poires et pommes. Plates of red grapes, pears and apples. Aperitif de brie à la figue /confiture d’orange. Appetizer of brie with fig and orange jam. Croissants au jambon, havarti et laitue. Croissant sandwiches with ham, Havarti and lettuce. De pomme de terre. Potato Chips. Eau gazeuse. Sparkling water. Fraises et crème sur les doigts. Strawberries and cream layered on de dame trempés d’amaretto and amaretto soaked lady fingers.
It is always fun to celebrate in style, but enough of the French. Thanks, Paula.
To Your Health and Happiness, Suzie and Jeff @ The Dunnery