Acquired Taste: Invention of the restaurant in 19th century Paris

28mar7:30 pmAcquired Taste: Invention of the restaurant in 19th century ParisAustralian Decorative and Fine Arts Society Lecture Series7:30 pm

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You’re welcome to join us when Sylvia Sagona will present Acquired Taste: The Invention of the Restaurant in 19th century Paris.

Life without restaurants is hard to imagine. It is even harder to think that the first restaurants were for the fastidious, who did not even like eating. They were served a restorative broth or ‘restaurant’. It was for such delicate stomachs that the first establishments in the Palais Royal opened up new dining rooms with separate tables, a menu, fixed prices and flexible opening hours.

When the French Revolution broke out 20 years later, the unemployed cooks and maitres d’ of exiled royalty began introducing the paying public to the delights of aristocratic cuisine. The restaurant as we know it was born.

This lecture will investigate the first great restaurants, chefs, patrons and gastronomes such as Grimod, Careme and Talleyrand, and the invention of modern cuisine with Escoffier at the Ritz.

The Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society Shoalhaven is a local community group, which offers a series of informative, illustrated and entertaining lectures covering a broad range of subjects relating to the arts.

The lecture is followed by a light supper with wine.

Information on the society and the 2019 program can be found at:

Photo: Jorge Cortell – Baroque Bistro, Paris



$25.00 at the door or included with membership ($140.00 year).


02 4464 2118


(Thursday) 7:30 pm


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