Getty Center and Getty Villa Announce Culinary Events

The J. Paul Getty Museum is offering a number of culinary events in the coming months spotlighting the lush gardens and bountiful herbs at both locations. Guests can take part in hands-on cooking classes, or take a relaxed approach and simply savor cuisine from across the centuries.

At the Getty Center, guests can join art historian Robin Trento on August 8 and 9 for From Garden to Table: Dining in the Renaissance. Participants will discover the art and culinary traditions rooted in Renaissance gardens, from the kitchen garden to dining al fresco. The group will tour the exhibition Gardens of the Renaissance, and then explore historic ingredients and recipes to prepare a meal that the whole class can enjoy.

On August 23, guests can get a bite of the Getty Center’s permanent collection and enjoy a three-course meal at The Dinner Party: The Grand Tour. Beginning in the late 1500s, many young aristocrats took the Grand Tour of Europe in search of art, culture, and the roots of Western civilization. Host Maite Gomez-Rejón of ArtBites will offer a guided Grand Tour through the Museum’s collection, then journey to the Restaurant for a tasty historical overview with a specially designed three-course meal. The tour complements the Getty’s extended summer hours—the Getty Center is open until 9:00 p.m. on Fridays through August 30.

What satisfied the appetites of ancient athletes and warriors? On September 26 and 27 at the Getty Villa, chef and museum educator Nancy DeLucia Real will provide a tour of Greek and Roman artifacts featuring competitions, battles, and heroic celebrations. Participants will prepare A Victorious Banquet that would have been served after a major triumph, and feast on a meal fit for a champion.