The fundraising Dinner with Monsieur Chopin was a unique gastronomic event examining the hidden and unknown aspect of Chopin as a gourmet. The degustation menu featured some of Chopin’s (and George Sand’s) favourite dishes with some recipes from the cookbook 'Les carnets de cuisine de George Sand : 80 recettes d’une epicurienne' recently published by Sand’s descendants.
Excerpts of original research by Dr Wojciech Bonkowski, Chopin as a gourmet highlighted aspects of Chopin’s interest in food, particularly his fondness for fish. This elegant dining experience was appropriately set to Chopin’s music and those of his contemporaries Schubert and Mendelssohn, performed by Andrew Rumsey who doubled as Chopin and master of ceremonies.
Guests came dressed in period and contemporary costumes with prizes given to the Best Dressed Lady and Gentleman in each category.
An auction of an rare edition of Chopin by Mieczyslaw Tomaszewski added excitement which also raised funds for the 2nd Australian International Chopin Piano Competition, 15–27 September 2014. Maciej Pawela, the Artistic Director of the Competition put in an appearance and provided an update on the competition.
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