For this lunch, Linda Grabe and Samantha Barroero have gathered:

The BP artists group, represented by its co-founder Renaud Layrac. Between 1984 and 2008, the BP group used petroleum oil and its by-products as both content and form. Today, their artworks can be found in major collections such as the Pompidou Center in Paris and the Mamco in Geneva.

Robert Kluijver teaches a masterclass on east-west cultural discord at the Institut d’ Etudes politiques in Paris. Robert has used his on-the-spot experience of the arab region to defend its art scene as both an author and curator. In 2005 He secured the presence of the first afghan pavilion at the Venice Biennale.Just returned from the Dubai Art Fair(16-19 March 2011) and the Sharjah Biennale, he has given us a report on significant emerging artists in the arabian peninsula.

The meal has taken us on a journey from North Africa to the north of the Euphrates valley, sampling wines from the vineyards of theAtlas Mountains in Morocco, Mount Bargylius in Syria, and theBekaa Valley in Lebanon. The lunch has been a wonderful opportunity to discover the delicious cuisine of Zerda, one of the oldest north african restaurants in Paris (created in 1946). Chef Jaffar Achour and his son Madjid will prepare a  three-part sardine dish, a traditional  sweet-spicied pastilla, and a delicate Berber couscous. Sweet middle eastern pastries and liqueurs will round off our dinner.