NEW MENU AT MUSEUM RESTAURANT REFLECTS GASTRONOMIC INFLUENCE OF PICASSO’S LIFE AND LOVE
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.