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How to Have Your Cake and Eat It Inside the Met

Get your just desserts and a healthy dose of French history with an opulent after-hours tour and cake tasting.

Photo by Daniel Krieg

Fun fact: Marie Antoinette likely never said “Let them eat cake.” At least the literal translation of the misquote in question isn’t so much “cake” as “brioche.” Armed with that tasty bit of trivia, you’re primed to make pertinent small talk when you swan into the Feast of Versailles, a kind of mini Met Gala you might actually be able to attend.

For this toothsome exercise in epicurean delights (or late-era capitalism, depending on which side of the velvet rope you’re standing), the Metropolitan Museum of Art is hosting a private guided viewing of its prerevolutionary French art gallery show, “Visitors to Versailles,” followed by a luxurious tasting of champagne, canapés, and fine cakes from some of the world’s best known pastry chefs. Organized by famed restaurateur and author Yotam Ottolenghi, this edible exhibition will include specially requisitioned desserts from Dominique “I Made the Cronut” Ansel; the ostentatiously experiential Bompas & Parr; Restaurant Daniel’s Ghaya F. Oliveira; geometric dessert sculptor Dinara Kasko; and innovative and award-winning confectionary designer Janice Wong. All these chefs are known for their eye-catching, Instagram-ready creations, and their work here will be arranged in tableau for viewing and photography prior to being served.

Note that the invite to this decadent event instructs you to “dress for the occasion.” Given this level of luxury, it might be time to break out your petticoat and plan for a night you won’t soon forget.

Why You Should Go: Exploring great art while the world’s top pastry chefs compete for your attention is the type of one-of-a-kind experience for which you live in New York.

Feast of Versailles
Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue (at East 82nd Street), Upper East Side
Tuesday, June 19 and Wednesday, June 20
6 p.m.

Nothing says a night on the town quite like mingling with famed pastry chefs at the majestic Met.