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Episode 301 - Life Imitates Art
Impressionist Breakfast
Fancy Table!
Here’s a great idea for a brunch table, a meal where guests can perhaps nibble on tasty treats before heading for a day of gallery or museum-hopping. Our inspiration came from Jean Simeon Chardin’s “Jar of Apricots,” from the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Europe 1700 - 1800 collection.

We tried to mirror Chardin’s glorious painting and set our buffet table for six guests using Gien’s Rocaille Pattern. This ivory coloured casual service as a country feel to it and we love the detail of the relief on the rims of the plates, cups and saucers. This pattern’s accessory pieces are also very beautiful and will shine when guests enjoy buttery croissants, French baguette and miniature brioche.

Speaking of food, our table is resplendent with baked goods, apple tarts, fresh fruit salad and an assortment of cheeses. Herbed butter and fruit preserves are the perfect accompaniment to the baked goods while the fresh squeezed cranberry juice mirrors the wine shown in the original oil.

The final details on the table include jars of assorted canned fruit such as apricots, plums, raspberries and pears, their lids wrapped in white paper and tied with butchers twine. I knew the painting looked good enough to eat!

Courtesy: Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON (416) 979-6648

Courtesy: William Ashley China Ltd., 55 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON (416) 964-2900