Modern Day Banquet Celebrates Historical Figures of the Past
By Anna Louise Judson
“The History of Dining,” a presentation by Eva Eliscu held this past week at the Lifelong Learning Center in the Instituto de Allende, was an event worth hearing and seeing. This luncheon was designed for those in attendance to discover how the makers of history dined, an important yet seldom discussed subject. San Miguel residents and visitors who attended were taken on a historical journey back in time, visiting and exploring the most important tables of ancient Greece, medieval England, Renaissance Italy, and baroque France. This grand banquet took place in the Lifelong Learning Center at Instituto de Allende, which provides San Miguel residents and visitors the opportunity to take courses designed for self-enrichment in intellectual, stimulating, and fun ways.
Eliscu hosted the modern day banquet in partnership with Restaurant CarneVino, located next door to the Instituto, and each diner adopted the persona of a well-known historical figure. For the first time ever, Henry VIII was dining with Louis XIV, Madame Pompadour, Marie Antoinette, Napoleon Bonaparte, Charles Dickens, and many more well-known “guests.”
Chef Juan Pablo Alvardo Cruz, originally from Mexico City, presented a tasty variety of dishes that he called “Mexican food on the grill.” They included the specialty of the house, roasted cauliflower, as well as grilled beet root with dried yogurt, grilled shrimp tacos, and rib eye. Dessert was a chocolate pear tart from Restaurant Risi Bisi, a true chocolate delight. After the delicious lunch, attendees returned to the Instituto for the second segment, including a visit to Napoleonic France, Victorian England, Thomas Jefferson’s table, and finally modern-day Stockholm, Sweden, for the Nobel banquet, where the historical journey ended. Don’t miss out on next year’s grand banquet for a historical experience of a lifetime!