ALEXANDRA LEAF, AUTHOR OF VAN GOGH’S TABLE, TO LECTURE AT POPULAR ‘DINNER AND THE SHOW’ PROGRAM AT CLARK ART INSTITUTE

Private Access to Van Gogh and Nature Included

For Immediate Release
September 1, 2015

Williamstown, Massachusetts—Culinary historian and cookbook author Alexandra Leaf (Van Gogh's Table at the Auberge Ravoux) presents a special talk at the Clark Art Institute’s Dinner and the Show program on Saturday, September 12 at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $100 per person ($90 members). Gratuity included; beverages additional. Vegetarian and gluten-free options available by advance request. To reserve, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 0524.
 
In conjunction with the Clark’s exhibition Van Gogh and Nature, the evening celebrates the food culture of Van Gogh’s France. After the author’s presentation, guests enjoy private access to the exhibition followed by a three-course French country dinner inspired by the colors and flavors of the farming community of Auvers-sur-Oise.
 
The menu includes a charcuterie station, medley of sautéed mushrooms, braised crispy lamb neck, and pear and almond clafouti.
 
Alexandra Leaf is the owner of Chocolate Tours of NYC, Inc., specializing in culinary walking tours. She is a culinary educator at Les Dames d’Escoffier and an instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education, as well as an events and tour organizer at the 92nd Street Y. In addition to her publication Van Gogh's Table at the Auberge Ravoux, she is also author of The Impressionists’ Table: Recipes and Gastronomy of 19th Century France.
 
Dinner and the Show showcases the exceptional cuisine of Stephen Starr Events, a division of the acclaimed Starr Restaurant Group. Starr, the Clark’s culinary partner, brings creative, innovative, and artful menus to Café 7 that feature locally sourced ingredients.
 
ABOUT THE CLARK
 
The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, open to the public with more than 240,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.
 
The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Galleries are open daily in July and August, 10 am to 5 pm; open September through June, Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.
 
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