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Olivia Wilder

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Aileen Bordman wrote and created "Monet's Palate" out of her passion for all of the worlds Monet inhabited: his art, cuisine, and gardens.
In her words:
"Monet's Palate is all about passion borne one Spring day in Giverny. As I sat at Monet's dining room table, surrounded by flowers, a glass of spirited apple cidre, ripe Camembert cheese running from its shell, and crusty bread before me, I pondered. Simultaneously, the sweet scent of apples from the cidre blended with the bouquet of the Giverny flowers picked that morning in the garden. It was an "aha" moment. I now unerstood that Claude Monet knew how to draw all the beauty from all the best in life and bring them together- whether on his dining room table or on his canvas. I then thought of the similarities between great chefs and great artists like Monet: one with a canvas, the other with a plate. Palate to Palette.
I knew these passions, though different, were similar. . . we 'eat with our eyes first,' and the beauty a chef prepares on plate is art. . .I decided to create a film which would weave the lifestyle of Monet and include both his art and cuisine. By traveling the world to meet and dine with great chefs, like Michel Richard, Roger Vergé, Alice Waters, Daniel Boulud, the beauty and joy of a life well-lead revealed itself to me."
She traveled from Giverny to Paris, to London and Venice, following Monet's footsteps to bring his passion of the ar on the plate to life.  Monet's Palate means all the good things in life, the voyager's curiosity expressed by Claude Monet and captured for all to enjoy. Introduction by Meryl Streep.