Tuesday 30 June, 6pm to 8pm
Guild member and renowned food historian Gillian Riley, whose Food in Art: from Prehistory to the Renaissance was published recently, has kindly offered to give Guild members a glimpse of her discoveries.
Food in Art Workshop With Gillian Riley
Guildhall Library, Aldermanbury, London EC2V 7HH
Gillian writes: There are pitfalls and pleasures in finding out about things to eat in the fine arts. What you see and what you get can vary a lot; sometimes fruit and vegetables have a symbolic significance, like the cucumber and apple in Crivelliâ€™s Annunciation, or bunches of grapes on fruit stalls which have many meanings and should not really have been there but for them. Some genre scenes are full of incidental details of kitchen equipment and cooking methods, and often a bible story in a modern setting can tell us a lot about everyday life. Still life paintings, botanical illustration, medieval illuminations, ceramics and textiles are all grist for the mill of the greedy food historian. This talk is about this visual treasure trove that we can delight in and learn from.
Principal Librarian Dr Peter Ross is generously hosting this event in the John Stow Room of the Guildhall Library. Gillianâ€™s account will be illustrated via projector and screen, and there will be an opportunity to discuss and chat after the talk, helped along of course by a glass or two of wine and some apt nibbles.
Places cost Â£10 for members and Â£20 for guests.
The nearest tube stations are Bank (exit 9) or St Paulâ€™s (both Central Line), Mansion House (District and Circle Line) and Moorgate (Northern, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City Lines); for help planning your journey go to www.tfl.gov.uk.
Tuesday 14 July, 6.30pm to 8.30pmâ€¨
Members are invited to come along and join us at Li Veli in central London (just a minute or two's walk from Covent Garden tube station) for a companionable drink and catch-up with fellow Guild members. This is an informal event with everyone buying their own drinks and all members are welcome to drop in at any time between 6.30pm and 8.30pm. We especially hope that any newer members will take this opportunity to come along and get to know others at the Guild. If you know someone who is thinking of joining the Guild, this friendly get-together would be a great occasion for them to see the Guild in action, so feel free to bring them as a guest.
Members Drop-In Drinks
Li Veli Winery & Bistro, 69 Long Acre, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9JS
Li Veli is an Italian winery and bistro, serving traditional wine and food from the southern region of Puglia. Their food is based on traditional Apulian cuisine and most of the products they use are grown in Puglia or delivered daily from selected local markets. The wines on offer are from Puglia, Piemonte, Alto Adige, Friuli and Toscana. Li Veli is a light, airy space - even in its private area downstairs which is where we shall be gathering.
You donâ€™t need a ticket, but please let Jonathan know if you are coming so we have some idea of numbers; you can email Jonathan at the usual email@example.com. If you can come along at the last minute you are more than welcome to just turn up. If youâ€™d like to book a table for dinner afterwards please click here.
Booking for Guild events
To book for any Guild event, please reserve a place by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. There are two ways to pay:
- Internet banking: If you have internet banking and would like to pay that way, the Guild's bank account is at HSBC's Esher branch, sort code 40-20-26 and the account is in the name of the Guild of Food Writers, account number 21142607. Please quote your name as the reference when making a payment.
- By cheque: Please send a cheque, made payable to the Guild of Food Writers, to me at The Guild of Food Writers, 255 Kent House Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 1JQ.