/ Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was not only a patron and contributor to the arts but he also wrote a cookbook. It is titled L’art de la Cuisine and was published after his death by his friend Maurice Joyant. The book includes Lautrec sketches and interesting menu selections. Lautrec enjoyed culture and liked to cook, drink and celebrate. He liked to dress up as a samurai or flamenco dancer at his parties and once served a Degas painting for dessert. Lautrec also was known to add goldfish to the water pitchers encouraging his guests to imbibe alcohol fueled concoctions instead of water.
More can be read about this fascinating character and his life at the following sites and on wikipedia.
Imagine that table filled with platters of various appetizers, while we sip sangria served up by kitchen mermaid Rachael Ray and enjoy the smells of BBQing meats outside blowing in through the open french doors.
In the meantime, the music plays and we wait for the Dude of Food to throw the fresh coconut crusted whitefish in the pans heating up on the grill of this kitchen in the home of some cool people.