Inspired by the stunning English landscapes and portraits found within the magnificent paintings featured in the new exhibit at SAM, the TASTE Culinary team welcomed the opportunity to create menus featuring hearty English fare. Staying true to the practice of using fresh and local ingredients, the menu is still in many ways a bit of a departure from previous TASTE offerings. With more than 12 new dishes and cocktails, guests will get a good taste of the London bistro.
SAM’s upcoming exhibit, Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House, London will be open to the public from February 14 through May 19, 2013.
Within the neoclassical Kenwood House at Hampstead Heath on the outskirts of London, resides a magnificent painting collection known as the Iveagh Bequest. Kenwood is home to an exceptional collection of Old Master paintings, including major works by Gainsborough, Hals, Rembrandt, Reynolds, Romney, Turner, Van Dyck, and many others. The Iveagh Bequest was donated to Great Britain by Edward Cecil Guinness, 1st Earl of Iveagh (1847–1927) and heir to the world’s most successful brewery. Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: Treasures of Kenwood House, London, a selection of approximately 50 masterpieces from the collection, will tour American museums for the first time. Among other treasures, the exhibition provides a rare opportunity to see Rembrandt’s late Self-Portrait (1665), which has never left Europe before.
The Earl of Iveagh’s personal collection was shaped by the tastes of the Belle Époque—Europe’s equivalent to America’s Gilded Age. His purchases reveal a preference for the portraiture, landscape, and seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish paintings that could typically be found in English aristocratic collections. Since the earl was a newcomer to London emigrating from his native Ireland, he may have selected works that would help him fit in with his peers and elevate his social standing.
The exhibition from Kenwood House will be complemented by a companion exhibition, European Paintings from Seattle Collections. Featuring about 30 works from local collections, the show traces the burgeoning enthusiasm for Old Master paintings in Seattle over the last 20 years.
–Chiyo Ishikawa, Susan Brotman Deputy Director for Art and Curator of European Painting and Sculpture
Below you will find just a little taste of offerings created on behalf of this beautiful exhibit:
From Executive Chef Craig Hetherington | TASTE Restaurant
Bangers & Mash | house bangers, potato puree, grilled vegetable hash, sea salt butter
Roasted Trout | rhubarb cream, brioche & almond gremolata
Deconstructed Pork Pie | guinness pork cheeks, parsnips, carrots, veloute, pie crust
Salt Cod Fritters | house BBQ
From Pastry Chef Will Fausser | TASTE Restaurant & Events
Huckleberry Pie | crème fraiche ice cream, brown butter powder
Apple & Thyme Trifle | pound cake, thyme crème, braised apples, curried pecans
“black & tan” | bay scented hot chocolate, salted caramel, Guinness ice cream sandwich, cookie crumble
From Executive Chef Paul Rosquita | TASTE Events
Tray Passed Bites
Roasted Potato Tartlet | caramelized onions & winter savory
Beef & Blue Cheese Flatbread Bite | fried parsley, mustard cream
Blackened Tilapia Skewer | pomegranate honey & orange sea salt
Special Exhibit Bite Station
Lamb & Potato Curry | sweet yellow curry, coconut milk, cilantro & paneer
Guinness Braised Short Ribs | maple glazed carrots
Black-Eyed Pea Dip | sharp cheddar, green chili peppers, roasted onions, artisan bread & crackers
From Lead Bartender Duncan Chase | TASTE Restaurant
“Still Life Sour” | Tanqueray Gin, Crème de Violette, Hiver Amer bitters
From Bartender Inga Walker | TASTE Restaurant
“Ciao, Baby!” | Temperance Trader, Disaronno Amaretto