The staff at the Phillips Gallery are usually sticklers about its strict no-food-allowed policy, but when the food is in a painting, that's another story. This fall, they're placing the spotlight on Renoir's celebrated Luncheon of the Boating Party with a special installation and dining experience inspired by the famous painting.
For the month of September, Ici Urban Bistro's chef Olivier Perret will serve Renoir-inspired lunch and dinner menus at the downtown modern French eatery. That means plenty of Parisian fare, including Vichyssoise, escargot, charcuterie, roasted sea bass in a sea salt crust, and coq au vin. Check out the full menus for lunch and dinner here.
A three-course lunch will run you $30 and dinner $60. Alternately, a hotel package with Sofitel Washington D.C. Lafayette Square includes a two-person luncheon and two tickets to see the Phillips Collection exhibit 90 Years of New: Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party and European Masterworks. The packages, which have a minimum of a two-night weekend stay, are available for September 2-5, 9-11, 16-18, and 23-25.