Mark Rediske Artist Reception – Dec. 16

TASTE Restaurant teams  up with the SAM Gallery to present Mark Rediske’s “Solstice” for the newest Quarterly Artist Series from December 16-March March 14, 2009. Join us for the Artist Reception on December 16th at TASTE Restaurant.  For reservations, please call: 206.903.5291 or email tasterestaurant@tastesam.com

Mark Rediske has been working exclusively with encaustics, intrigued by the versatile and malleable properties of this ancient wax-based medium. Rediske, an “extreme gardener,” is inspired by the natural images he encounters in this pursuit.

Rediske says, “The passage of time is reflected in the botanicle images which reappear in my work. As my garden matures I discover more and more solace in the transient beauty of that nurtured domain. I am inspired by the mysticism and renewal found in that ever-evolving space so affected by the changing seasons and passing years.”

Of his creative process, Rediske says, “I draw my inspiration in part from the timeless belief that nature has both a physical presence and a spiritual identity. Ideally, I see my paintings as a bridge between the natural world and archetypal symbols of rebirth and evolution. In this regard I feel a great affinity with the iconography of ancient civilizations.”

It is this “bridge” that inspired TASTE bartender Duncan Chase to create the specialty cocktail for this series.

Rediske’s Bridge

Ideally, I see my paintings as a bridge between the natural world and archetypal symbols of rebirth and evolution.”

 Makes 1 Cocktail  

1 1/2 ounce Bacardi Rum

3 leaves fresh basil

3/4 ounce mango puree

3/4 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice

1/4 ounce simple syrup

1/8 tsp cracked black pepper

 In mixing glass half full of ice, combine Bacardi Rum, basil and ¾ of the cracked black pepper.

Muddle thoroughly.

Add additional ice, and then add lime juice, simple syrup and mango puree. Shake and strain into a glass.

Garnish by sprinkling remainder of cracked black pepper on top of the cocktail

TASTE responsibly, enjoy!

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