Dames Who Read: “Cooking for Picasso”

91kCKbnF9ZLTo all of you Dames who enjoy a light summer read, our August book is “Cooking for Picasso,” by Camille Aubray. And if you also love art, this is an event you should not miss!  “Cooking for Picasso” is an historical fiction story of 17-year-old Ondine who helps her mother in the family auberge in Juan-les-Pins, France. When a mysterious man moves into the town using a fictional name and insisting on privacy, he asks the auberge to deliver his lunch to his studio each day. Ondine is delegated to deliver those meals. Then she is asked by the Patron to cook for him on-site. Naturally this evolves into a larger relationship – it was Picasso after all!

The interactions of models, cooks, townspeople and Picasso himself are fun and the descriptions of the food and kitchen activities are fabulous.

We have the rare and fabulous opportunity to see some Picasso works on paper at The Art Institute of Chicago with Mark Pascale, Janet and Craig Duchossois Curator of Prints and Drawings. He’ll talk about Picasso, and about some food paintings included in the collection. Following this discussion, we will cross the street to Le Pain Quotidien for a light summer meal of the style Ondine and her mother might prepare for the Patron if they were doing that today.

THE DATE is THURSDAY, AUG. 9 to take advantage of free admission at the Art Institute
START TIME is 5 pm to give us plenty of time for the lecture and travel
NOTE: If you sign up to attend, it is very important to text Judith at 312.203.0532 if you will be delayed or are NOT intending to attend the lecture but will join us for dinner only. We need a firm number for each part of the evening so please plan accordingly.

Thur., Aug. 9 — at 5 pm meet in the Michigan Avenue Lobby of The Art Institute of Chicago at 111. S. Michigan Ave.
6:30 – 8 pm Dinner at Le Pain Quotidien, 20 N. Michigan Ave.

Parking:  Millennium Park parking structure
Register here ($40 per person). Registration includes the lecture, dinner and one non-alcoholic beverage. Wine and/or other beverages are available for purchase. is limited & closes at noon on Monday, Aug 6.

4 Comments on “Dames Who Read: “Cooking for Picasso”

    • Hi Karen – It is Thur., Aug. 9. (Date was on events page, but not on the full event description – I just added it). Hope you can come!

  1. Do you have the menu set? I don’t eat much meat.

    • Hi Diane – There will definitely be vegetarian options. Hope you can join us!

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