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Food is Art in Silver Spring, Maryland (Mar. 23, 2014)

Date: April 4, 2014 - categories: , - 3 Comments


Dave with his art – in his studio

One of the Silver Spring, Maryland “cooks”, Donald, put it this way: “A grand evening. A sumptuous feast in the middle of some amazing art and artists.”

Not only was our dinner set up as a buffet right in the studio of co-host artist Dave Daniels, but artists Fred Wessel, Judy Bates and Lee-Ann Chellis Wessel used their hands to work and mold,not egg tempera (Fred), watercolors (Dave and Judy), miniatures (Lee-Ann), but the stuffing of our Sicilian baked tomatoes, the chopping of apples for our winter salad, the mixing of the goodness of our amaretti-stuffed baked apples.

A kaleidoscope of colors joined with enticing flavors in this Maryland feast served in an artist’s studio and enjoyed by artists and friends. Well, after all, food IS art.
Mille grazie, Curt and Dave, for hosting us and thanks to all who joined in the cooking – and the feasting!

A few other comments:

ARtist Fred hands on the apples

Artist Fred on the apples / rather than on egg tempera!

“A wonderful gathering of friends enjoying delicious food. A little cooking by each of us produces a banquet.” Ann

“..the last lunch I had with you was at your home in Assisi with your family – and now we are here in the US eating another one of your Italian feasts! ….I feel like I’m back in Italy!” Judy

“Proprio una cena favolosa!” Fred

“Great food. Sage instruction. Wonderful company.” Paul

“Great fun! Fabulous food! Thanks much for bringing a bit of Italy here to us in the US..” Lee-Ann

“What a delightful dinner – thanks for sharing with us!”


  • Curt Brookshire says:

    What a wonderful privilege it was to have you in our home again, cooking and entertaining close friends. It was a wonderful evening of good friends, and great food. We look forward to seeing you in Assisi before too long.
    Curt Brookshire

  • Judy Bates says:

    Anne, what a warm, delicious and wonderful evening with you in Maryland. We almost felt transported to Italy without having to endure that long flight! We came from Virginia and Massachusetts to enjoy our delightful evening with you and other good friends. Thank you so much for the wonderful hand gesture lesson, always fun to watch, as well as the wonderful recipes and cooking tips. I’m looking forward to seeing you again in a few weeks back in Assisi!!

  • Anne Robichaud says:

    Thanks so very much, Curt and Judy, for your warm words…what a group!
    What an evening..!
    Moving for me to me surrounded by so much talent…

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