|Parte Vieja Gastronomic Society Antique Wine Cellar|
Gentlemen's Clubs: What is usually characterised - the world over - by strip shows, gambling, social class affirmations and fellowships to specific political parties, is in the Basque Country defined by a love for food and a passion for cooking. You see, in the Basque Country Gentlemen's Clubs are cooking clubs - they refer to as Gastronomic Societies, where men get together to cook for each other, some delectable and highly sophisticated meals as a means to unwind and have a good time. They cook, eat, drink, talk life and watch football or play cards! You can't help but notice how the Basque have not been stamped by the collective consciousness of Capitalism. These people have stayed true to their roots, to the ancient ways of celebrating the simplicity and joy of the ordinary, of the everyday, the non-adrenaline-packed life. And I tell you, it is great fun.
|At 'Willow' Gastronomic Society|
|Chef Ilker Uranga Ormazabal at Gastronomic Society|
|Sampling Some of Basque Country's cheese produce|
|The Basic ingredients of Basque Cuisine|
|The Culinary Library at Parte Vieja Gastronomic Society|
|Hung on the walls of the Gastronomic Society is this Rare print of the original Painting|
"The Peasant Wedding , 1568" by Pieter Bruegel. Original Painting is currently displayed at the
Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna
|Antique Wine Cellar at Gastronomic Society|
|Also hung on the walls of the Gastronomic Society Library is this rare print of the original Painting|
"Luncheon of the Boating Party, 1880-1881" by Pierre-Auguste Renoir.
The original painting is currently displayed in the Phillips Collection in Washington DC
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