A lunch with Robyn Lea and Chef Michael Rozzi took place last Thursday at The 1770 House in East Hampton, in honor of Lea's new book, Dinner with Jackson Pollock: Recipes, Art & Nature, published by Assouline.
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Lea, known best for her professional photography, shared insights about artist Jackson Pollock as the gardener, baker and dinner-party host, with his wife and fellow-artist Lee Krasner. They treated food prep as an extension of their creative outlook and a shared passion. Planting, gathering, fishing and clamming for ingredients connected Jackson to nature and in turn inspired many of his greatest works.
Rozzi, the only chef in the Hamptons to test and prepare more than 30 handwritten recipes by the artist, his family and friends, served his own and Pollock-inspired dishes. Core to each dish was not just the use of local bounty but deep know-how of local food traditions in which Rozzi, a third-generation East Ender and renowned Hamptons chef, is expert.
Sharing roots in seasonal local bounty, dishes inspired by Lea's new book will be presented on Rozzi's menu of signature Hamptons cuisine this summer at 1770 House.
On Tuesday from 5 to 7 PM, Rozzi will join Lea and Guild Hall Executive Director Ruth Appelhof, who lived, cooked and ate with Lee Krasner, in a panel discussion exploring the relationship between art and food, as well as the process of creating Lea's book of recipes, photographs and stories. The event at Guild Hall in East Hampton is free and open to the public (www.guildhall.org/events).
In August, Rozzi has been invited to cook a private dinner at Pollock-Krasner House for twelve guests to honor Lea's book and the couple's passion for cooking and entertaining friends, family and art world doyens who dined at their table (http://sb.cc.stonybrook.edu/pkhouse).