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Restaurant Associates’ Executive Chef Inspired by Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris

To complement the opening of Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (February 24 – April 25, 2010), The Museum Restaurant has been inspired to create a menu reflecting Picasso’s most creative period.

With an extensive background in Latin and Spanish cuisines, Executive Chef J.C. Nuñez brings a Spanish flair and French technique –as a student at the French Culinary Institute – to his cuisine.

Steeped in Spanish tradition, Chef Nuñez has created signature menu items prompted by the 212 works on display. They include Sherried Onion Soup with Saffron, Almond Slivers; Salt Cod Fritters with Baby Arugula, Smoked Paprika Aioli; Orange and Red Onion Salad - cinnamon marinated Valencia oranges, roasted pistachio, cocoa and anise syrup; Traditional Garlic Shrimp; Tuna and Mushroom Escabeche; Pescado a la Plancha with Lemon Samfaina, Romesco sauce; Beef Sirloin with confit of pequillo peppers and patatas bravas; Gazpacho Salad; Bocadillo de Jamon; - a traditional pressed sandwich and a Potato and Caramelized Onion Tortilla.

As well, Chef Nunez has recreated a long-standing recipe as enjoyed by Picasso himself. One of the featured recipes is Riz à la Valencienne, as done by Fernande Olivier, the bohemian artist he met in 1904 who became his mistress. She cooked this special dish for a large party that Picasso and Apollinaire gave in honor of Le Douanier Roussseau. It became a favorite of Picasso’s over the years, and so it can informally be called Picasso’s Paella.

Guests are also encouraged to try the Ice Cubism - a cocktail offering a tip of the hat to the colorful and vibrant works of the master himself.

Located on the ground floor, the Zagat-rated Museum Restaurant at the Philadelphia Museum of Art offers great food, elegant surroundings and a warm, friendly and inviting atmosphere.
Lunch: 11:30am-2:30pm, Tuesday through Saturday
Sunday Brunch: 10:30am-2:30pm
*Reservations are requested. Please call 215-684-7990.
The menu is in effect to the exhibition’s closing on April 25, 2010.

About Restaurant Associates:
Restaurant Associates provides world class dining at its prestigious locations within iconic museums and performing arts centers across the country. Some of its most acclaimed destinations include: C5 Restaurant Lounge in Toronto's Royal Ontario Museum (ROM); The Morgan Dining Room in New York City's Morgan Library & Museum; Table 1280 in Atlanta's High Museum; and Bravo at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in Boston. From afternoon tea at The Metropolitan Museum of Art to a Provence-themed menu at the National Gallery of Art, Restaurant Associates offers innovative, stylish dining experiences, seasonal menus created from wholesome ingredients, and a culinary team that strives to constantly surprise guests.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Its facilities include its landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

For additional information, contact the Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art phone at 215-684-7860, by fax at 215-235-0050, or by e-mail at The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100.

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