A Valentine’s Dinner with Gertrude & Alice

February 15
7:00 - 9:30 pm
A Valentine’s Dinner with Gertrude & Alice

Eating Antiquity: A Valentine’s Dinner with Gertrude & Alice

with Chef Claire Phelan

“…in the morning there is meaning, in the evening there is feeling. In the evening there is feeling.”

Come spend such an evening with Awbury! prepared by Chef Claire Phelan.

Celebrate this year’s Valentine’s Day through the menus of an intriguing couple, the avant-garde pioneer Gertrude Stein, and her “secretary-companion,” Alice B. Toklas.

Glimpses into their complicated and intense relationship were documented in Stein’s poems, their exchanged love notes, peers’ memoirs, and even between-the-lines in Toklas’ cookbook.

A patron of the Lost Generation artist/writer tribe, Stein was known not only for hosting Salons for such names as Hemingway, Picasso and Fitzgerald, but also for celebrating her “little wife,” her friends, and her love of food with lavish meals. While Toklas always appreciated good food and collected recipes from an early age, it was Stein who first encouraged Alice’s hands-on kitchen experiments and creative culinary endeavors. And though she never explicitly says so, Toklas’ cooking was all for, and in honor of, her love for Stein- an undercurrent in the cookbook-memoir Alice wrote after Gertrude’s death, where shared food memories serve as the evocative poetry of intimacy.

All recipes served on Friday, February 15th, will be taken from “The Cookbook of Alice B. Toklas.”

Although Gertrude and Alice were enthusiastic meat-eaters, a vegetarian version of the menu will be available.

The chef recommends attendees read “The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book” because there’s so much there that can’t possibly fit into the dinner- it is not a traditional cookbook read at all.




-Fish for Picasso

-Roasted Saddle of Young Boar

-Asparagus with Savory Whipped Cream

-Singapore Ice-Cream

-Hot Chocolate

Tickets are $40pp.  The event is BYO and takes place at the Cope House (1 Awbury Rd, Phila, PA).

Valentine’s Dinner with Gertrude & Alice

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