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Art de Vivre:
Gardens for Gourmets
April 13 • American Launch of Salad as a Meal by Patricia Wells
May 2 • The Prince Gardener Louis Albert de Broglie
June 1 • From Rooftop to Table with Eli Zabar
June 16 • New York City Garden Tours
FIAF • Le Skyroom; 22 East 60th Street, NYC
New York, New York, April 1, 2011 – The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), New York's
premiere French cultural center, celebrates the spring with a new Art de Vivre garden series, Gardens
for Gourmets. FIAF will welcome luminary chefs, authors, entrepreneurs, and pioneers in sustainable
living to explore how our relationships with gardens and gardening influence the way we cook and live
“As more people choose to invest precious time and resources into harvesting even the tiniest plots of
land, gardening is fast becoming a powerful expression of social and economic responsibility,” says
Melissa Ceria, Director of the Art de Vivre series. “Tracing the origins of our food to within a few feet is
a measure of personal wellbeing and community pride.”
In a spirited discussion with Food Network star Ina Garten, renowned journalist, author, and teacher
Patricia Wells launches her latest cookbook, Salad as a Meal at FIAF on April 13. She will discuss
how the students in her popular cooking classes and her own Provençal garden have inspired her to
explore the freshness and versatility of the main-course salad, and perform a cooking demonstration
followed by a book signing.
On May 2, Roger Doiron, the activist and writer behind Michelle Obama’s White House kitchen
garden, will talk with Prince Louis Albert de Broglie about gardens and biodiversity. De Broglie’s
Château de la Bourdaisière in the Loire Valley boasts a remarkable 19th-century vegetable garden
with hundreds of varieties of heirloom tomatoes and has become a highly popular destination for
garden tourists. In a further expression of his commitment to promoting biodiversity, de Broglie
purchased and restored Deyrolle, Paris’ renowned natural science institution. And the success of Le
Prince Jardinier, de Broglie’s line of elegant garden tools and accessories is a testament to the
growing appeal of green lifestyles.
Leading New York food impresario Eli Zabar comes to FIAF on June 1 to discuss the vegetables he
grows on his Upper East Side rooftop and in the greenhouses he erected on the top of his Vinegar
Factory food emporium, his passion for fresh produce, and how the food markets of France have
influenced his vision.
Finally, on June 16, former Madame Figaro columnist Marie-Dominique Deniau Sorman guides eager
gardeners and urban horticulturists on a tour of some of New York’s exquisite rooftop gardens.
The Art de Vivre: Gardens for Gourmets series at FIAF will feature:
American Launch of Salad as a Meal by Patricia Wells
Wednesday, April 13 at 7pm
Acclaimed journalist, author, and teacher Patricia Wells will talk with popular cookbook author and
television personality Ina Garten about her new cookbook Salad as a Meal. Wells and Garten will also
share sourcing ideas, cooking tips, and some of their favorite places to eat in Paris and New York.
Followed by a cooking demonstration and book signing. FIAF Members, $20. Non-Members, $25.
The Prince Gardener Louis Albert de Broglie
Monday, May 2 at 7pm
Prince Louis Albert de Broglie has turned his Château de la Bourdaisière in Touraine into a high-end
destination with its National Conservatory of Tomatoes (650 varieties) and historical vegetable and
medicinal gardens. Founder of the luxury garden brand Le Prince Jardinier and owner of the
renowned natural science institution Deyrolle, de Broglie will discuss the rise of garden tourism and
biodiversity in 21st-century gardens. He will appear in conversation with Roger Doiron, head of
Kitchen Gardeners International and a lead activist behind Michelle Obama’s kitchen garden at the
White House. FIAF Members, $20, Non-Members $25.
From Rooftop to Table with Eli Zabar
Wednesday, June 1 at 7pm
Eli Zabar, owner of Eli’s Manhattan, E.A.T., Eli’s Vinegar Factory, and partner with the Peconic Land
Trust in the Amagansett Farmer’s Market on Long Island, grows salad, herbs and tomatoes on his
Upper East Side rooftop with bees to help pollinate the plants. Eli will discuss the importance of fresh
produce and how time spent in the markets of France has shaped his work and lifestyle. FIAF
Members $20, Non-Members $25.
New York City Garden Tours
Thursday, June 16, visits throughout the day
Marie-Dominique Deniau Sorman, former garden columnist for Madame Figaro, will curate a daylong
visit of some of New York’s most elegant private rooftop gardens. Space is limited and the visit will
conclude with a cocktail reception. FIAF Members $90. Non-Members $100.
About Patricia Wells
Patricia Wells is a journalist, author, and teacher who runs a popular cooking school—At Home with
Patricia Wells—in Paris and Provence. Salad as a Meal is her 12th book. She has won the James
Beard Award for The Provence Cookbook, Patricia Wells At Home in Provence, and Simply French.
Also nominated for the James Beard Awards were Vegetable Harvest and The Paris Cookbook. Her
other works include The Food Lover’s Guide to Paris, The Food Lover’s Guide to France, Bistro
Cooking, Patricia Wells’ Trattoria, l’Atelier of Joel Robuchon, and with her husband, Walter, We’ve
Always Had Paris…and Provence. The French government has honored her as a Chevalier de l’Ordre
des Arts et des Lettres, recognizing her contribution to French culture. A former New York Times
reporter, she is the only foreigner and the only woman to serve as restaurant critic for a major French
publication, L’Express. For more than twenty-five years she was the global restaurant critic for the
International Herald Tribune.
About Ina Garten
Ina Garten is the author of seven bestselling cookbooks and host of the popular Barefoot Contessa
television show on Food Network. She has a line of Barefoot Contessa baking mixes available
nationwide. Ina lives in East Hampton, NY with her husband Jeffrey.
About Prince Louis Albert de Broglie
After a seven-year career in banking that took him from London to India and Latin America, it was a
19th-century vegetable garden at the Loire Valley Château de la Bourdaisière that would change the
course of Louis Albert de Broglie’s life and career. He would soon develop a passion for growing
ancient fruits and vegetables, leading friends to call him “Le Prince Jardinier,” a nickname, which, in
turn, inspired his collection of elegant garden tools and accessories launched in 1995.
Using natural materials, de Broglie and his wife, Princess Françoise de Broglie, have redesigned
vintage objects to create a state-of-the-art “gardening art de vivre collection” that is sold worldwide
from Bergdorf & Goodman in New York to Harrods in London, and Takashimaya in Tokyo. The line
also includes clothing, garden furniture, food products, perfumes, and candles.
In 1995, de Broglie’s tomato collection numbered 300 varieties and was listed by the Conservatoire
Français des Collections Végétales Spécialisées (CCVS). Today the collection is the National
Conservatory of Tomatoes, and grows 650 distinct varieties. As Louis Albert de Broglie often explains
to visitors, this expression of biodiversity demands scrutiny and study in order to be protected and
passed on to future generations.
In 2001, Louis Albert purchased Deyrolle, Paris’ famed natural science institution founded in 1831 that
was on the verge of collapse. De Broglie restored the small museum and cabinet of curiosities, known
for its astounding collection of stuffed animals, butterflies, shells, and minerals. Today Deyrolle
houses thousands of rare specimens, drawing artists, collectors, children, tourists, and connoisseurs,
and is one of the most cherished attractions in Paris.
About Roger Doiron
Roger Doiron is the founder and director of Kitchen Gardeners International (KGI), a Maine-based
nonprofit network of over 20,000 individuals from 100 countries who are taking a (dirty) hands-on
approach to relocalizing the food supply.
His successful proposal and petition campaign to replant a kitchen garden at the White House
gathered over 100,000 signatures, attracted international media coverage, and was voted the grand
prize winner of the “On Day One” contest sponsored by the United Nations Foundation. Doiron's work
on the White House campaign also earned him the “Heart of Green” award and the Garden Crusader
award, as well as recognition as one of the country's top five "Green Game Changers” as determined
by the readers and editors of the Huffington Post. Doiron was also named one of the "10 Most
Inspiring People in Sustainable Food” by the editors of Fast Company magazine.
In 2007, he was chosen as a Food and Society Fellow. In addition to his kitchen garden advocacy
work, Doiron is a freelance writer and public speaker specializing in gardening and sustainable food
systems. His articles on food, agriculture, and gardening have appeared in the Chicago Tribune,
Christian Science Monitor, Organic Gardening magazine, Mother Earth News, and Saveur. His work
and ideas have also been featured in the International Herald Tribune, the New York Times, and the
Although grounded in his own local food system, Doiron remains interested in and connected to
international food issues. Doiron first became involved in food issues in Europe when he served as
head of Friends of the Earth’s European office in Brussels during the 1990s at the height of Europe’s
mad cow furor. He was also part of the American NGO delegation to the last UN World Food Summit.
About Eli Zabar
Eli Zabar is a scion of the family that created the Upper West Side’s landmark delicatessen. While the
name Zabar is synonymous with smoked fish and the quintessential New York brunch, Eli is most
often described as New York’s leading food impresario, the City’s most beloved food entrepreneur,
and a name synonymous with raw ingredients of the highest quality.
Over the course of more than 30 years, Eli’s business has grown from the original E.A.T. on Madison
Avenue, to include the adjacent E.A.T. Gifts; Eli’s Bread—New York's premier wholesale, artisan,
bread bakery; Eli’s Vinegar Factory, a specialty food market and weekend brunch destination topped
by greenhouses growing heirloom tomatoes and baby lettuces, and Eli’s Manhattan, the gourmet food
market on Third Avenue, which is home to his wine shop W.I.N.E., and Taste, a wine-themed
In August 2008 Eli Zabar partnered with The Peconic Land Trust to re-open the historic Amagansett
Farmers Market, a 2,500 square foot showcase for the first-rate produce Long Island is known for.
About Marie-Dominique Deniau Sorman
Marie-Dominique Deniau Sorman was born in Angers, France. After completing her studies at the
prestigious Académie des Beaux-Arts, the U.C. des Arts Décoratifs, and the Académie Charpentier,
she became a fashion editor, a position she held for twelve years. After taking classes at the Ecole du
Paysage de Versailles, Sorman begain writing the Info-Jardins column in the French magazine
Madame Figaro. She has also served as a member of the Jury de la Presse at the Journée des
Plantes de Courson, the French equivalent of the Chelsea Flower Show.
For the past twenty years, Sorman has been cultivating gardens she creates and designs in Paris and
Normandy, and currently splits her time between New York and Paris.
Image List for Gardens for Gourmets
Patricia Wells (c) Jeff Kauck
Salad as a Meal book cover (c) William Morrow
Fruits and vegetables still life (c) Jeff Kauck
Château de la Bourdaisière (c) Marc Dantan
Prince Louis Albert de Broglie
The 2010-2011 Art de Vivre series is presented by Nespresso.
FIAF's mission is to create and offer New Yorkers innovative and unique programs in education and
the arts that explore the evolving diversity and richness of French cultures. FIAF seeks to generate
new ideas and promote cross cultural dialogue through partnerships and new platforms of expression.
What: Art de Vivre: Gardens for Gourmets
When: Times, titles, and admission detailed above.
Where: Talks: Le Skyroom at FIAF, 22 E 60th Street (between Park & Madison Avenues)
New York City Garden Tours: Off-site venues. Full details available after purchase.
Tickets: 800 982 2787| fiaf.org
Information: 212 355 6160 | fiaf.org
Subway: 4, 5, 6, N, R and Q at Lexington Avenue/59th Street; F at 63rd Street