Where To Feast Like Caesar for a Night

For anyone who has ever dreamed of feasting like the ancient Romans (sans vomitorium), The Getty Villa is holding a 160-person public dinner in July that combines a lecture on the cuisine of Caesar’s era and a meal inspired by Roman recipes. Held on July 16th, the three-hour dinner starts with a lecture by food historian Andrew Dalby called “Dining with Caesar: Food & Power in Ancient Rome” that will explore the wines, produce, spices, and specialties of Rome from 2,000 years ago, as well as how the legendary general used feasts to rise to power. This is to be followed by a four-course dinner. What will you be eating?

Although The Romans were known to enjoy a boiled porpoise or two, the dinner here will center on a boned and stuffed suckling pig prepared by British chef Sally Grainger, a scholar of Apicius, the only surviving recipe book of ancient Rome and author of The Classical Cookbook with Dalby. Also included in the meal, which takes place in the stunning setting of The Getty Villa’s Inner Peristyle, are a oysters with a time-tested oenogarum sauce and fennel and coriander-stuffed calf’s kidney. Dessert will be a ceremonial honey cake called a libum, to be followed by sacrificing a Christian to the lions.

The dinner and lecture are priced together at just $75 per person and includes wine. While it’s not exactly LudoBites, reservations will be taken on a first-come first-serve basis at 310-440-7300 or online starting today and they will go fast!

At the Roman Table, July 16th, 6:00-9:00 P.M. at The Getty Villa.

Where To Feast Like Caesar for a Night