Here's a unique dinner for history buffs. The Getty Villa is putting on a special Byzantine dinner at the Getty Villa on July 19, featuring a tasting menu of ancient foods along with a lecture from historian Andrew Dalby.
The four-course dinner offers lamb with oinogaros sauce, a sort of fish-wine-honey concoction loaded with herbs; eggplant with bottarga; rice pudding, and candied citron. As the crossroads of the world for over a millennium, the Byzantine empire drew their cooking methods from late Roman methods while incorporating ingredients from as far as Burma and Iran.
It's all part the current exhibition of Heaven and Earth; Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections that runs at the Pacific Palisades museum. The cooking comes via chefs Mayet Cristobal and Fernando Cayanan from Bon Appetit's culinary team, working together with food historian Sally Grainger. To pick up a $175 seat (including wine and parking), click here. [EaterWire]