Join a historic dining experience as you support arts education with The Aioli Dinner Supper Club, on Saturday, April 28, at the home of Daniela and Elie Khoury on Lakeshore Drive, Mandeville. This unique culinary event features cuisine by Chef Jeffrey Hansell of Oxlot 9 and wines by Daou Vineyards and Winery.
The Aioli Dinner Supper Club is inspired by artist George Rodrigue’s landmark 1971 painting, Aioli Dinner, depicting the Creole Gourmet Societies in their heyday between 1890 and 1920, when they met each month on the lawn of a different plantation home in and around New Iberia, Louisiana. The six hour meals included a lavish spread, cooked by the women standing along the back, served by the young men standing around the table, and enjoyed by the seated gentlemen, each with their own bottle of wine. The very French meal was not the Cajun cuisine one would expect. In fact, the men did not claim to be Cajun at all. They were French, and their cuisine was Creole.
Today, the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts presents these “pop-up” dinners as fundraisers held throughout Louisiana to support arts in education.
Each dinner is a multi-course culinary experience with an emphasis on French cuisine from the era of the Creole Gourmet Societies--with a contemporary twist. Locations and dates for each dinner are announced on the organization's website.
Each Aioli Dinner fundraiser re-creates and pays tribute to George Rodrigue’s famous painting by photographing the event. Guests are encouraged to wear black and white (no formal attire) in order to help create a vintage look (see photos).
Today, the Aioli Dinner Supper Club has been re-imagined and is now a fundraising benefit for Louisiana A+ Schools (LAA+). This statewide program was created by the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts in 2013. LAA+ Schools has 18 schools in its network. For more information, visit www.aplusla.org