TASTE Women Are Taking Over the Kitchen!

The Blue Room (La chambre bleue), 1923, Suzanne Valadon (French, 1865-1938), oil on canvas, 35.4 x 45.7 inches, Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne, Paris.

TASTE Women are taking over the Kitchen and Bar for SAM’s upcoming exhibit, Elles: Women Artists from the Centre Pompidou, Paris at the Seattle Art Museum beginning October 11 2012 through January 13, 2012.

This landmark exhibit more than 130 works of art made by 75 women artists from 1907 to 2007. Organized by the Centre Pompidou in Paris, home to the Musée National d’Art Moderne—on of the largest collections of modern and contemporary art in Europe—this exhibition is an unforgettable visual experience that will challenge visitors’ assumptions about art of the past century. This ambitious survey of daring painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, video, and installation by innovative women artists offers a fresh perspective on a history of modern and contemporary art. With vision, humor, sensuality and ambiguity, these women represent the major movements in modern art—from abstraction to contemporary concerns, including identity politics.

Artists include Sonia Delaunay, Frida Kahlo, Dora Maar, Diane Arbus, Marina Abramović, Louise Bourgeois, Atsuko Tanaka, Cindy Sherman, Sophie Calle, Hannah Wilke, Nan Goldin and Tania Bruguera, among others. An exhilarating exhibition that has already become a milestone in the history of exhibitions, Elles will excite the casual viewer as much as the hardboiled expert.

       –       Marisa C. Sánchez, Associate Curator, Modern & Contemporary Art

The TASTE Culinary and Bar Teams were challenged to create complimenting menu items inspired by the pioneering women artists featured in this bold, provocative new exhibition. We empowered our female chefs and bar team to create special menus featuring women farmers, food artisans, winemakers and distillers while focusing on the strong feminine force at that is taking over SAM. The menus that were created embodies the power and finesse of women in the food industry and we’re thrilled to share it with our guests.

Below you will find just a little taste of offerings created on behalf of this daring new exhibit:

Executive Chef Craig Hetherington | TASTE Restaurant

Inspired by the vintage cookbook, The Way to a Mans Heart, The Settlement Cookbook from 1930, Executive Chef Craig was excited to take a tongue and cheek approach to his menu creations for this female driven exhibit. We all crave traditional American home-style cooking and with Chef Craig’s unique  and contemporary approach he  proves once and for all the that they way to a man’s heart still is through his stomach.

“I really  liked the idea of taking traditional menu items, such as the standard  pot roast and potatoes, and putting a more modern spin on them. By using  seasonal ingredients available throughout the Fall and Winter, I look forward to purchasing our food items from our local women producers, such as Linda Neunzig of Ninety Farms in  Arlington, WA”

A Few  Menu Items:

Braised Short Ribs | chanterelles & potato puree                                                           

Ninety Farms Grilled Lamb T- bone | cauliflower gratin & marinated lacinato kale                    

Parisian Gnocchi  | spiced autumn squash & brown butter 

Stokesberry Farm Rabbit Bolognese | tomato demi & crème fraiche

Pastry Chef Will Fausser  | TASTE Restaurant & Events

Inspired by the warmth and depth of flavors found in the Fall and Winter, Pastry Chef Will is excited about having the opportunity to support the finest female producers in the area, including supporting the partnership with Theo Chocolate and the Jane Goodall  Institute.

“I’m proud to not only incorporate fare trade chocolate into my desserts, but also to be supporting such a good cause – all proceeds of the Theo & Jane Goodall Chocolates go to benefit the Jane Goodall Institution. I’m also very excited to be working with great female producers of the Pacific Northwest and to showcase their delicious  seasonal produce.”

A Few  Menu Items:

Theo “Jane Goodall” Brownie Bite

Huckleberry Thumbprint Cookie

Ennis Hazelnut Shortbread

Spiced Pear Cheesecake


Sous Chef Josie Urbick | TASTE Events

Spicy, Caliente, Sassy, Provocative, Daring, Sensual, Feminine – The words Sous Chef Josie focused on while creating her female inspired catering menu for TASTE Events.

“When I was creating the Catering menu, I first thought: What would a daring woman do? They would do things a little bit differently. My number one focus was creating menu items that are crisp, clean, delicious and  representative of food I enjoy, but with a strong and interesting twist.”

A Few Menu Items:

Tray Passed Bites

 Tomato Jam Tartlet |  herbed goat cheese & skagit candied bacon crumbles

Asian Meatloaf Slider | kimchee, grilled scallions & sesame aioli

Baked Spinach Bites | preserved lemon and soy mustard dipping sauce

Special Exhibit Bite Station

Ancho Spiked Beecher’s Flagship Fondue 

Curried Red Lentil & Olive Oil Dip 

Mac & Cheese | cayenne roasted butternut squash & browned butter kale 

Grilled Zucchini “Steaks”  | ginger jalapeño chimichurri & toasted pine nuts 

Maple Glazed Sable Fish  | whipped sunchokes & tamarind coconut 

Painted Hills Hangar Steak  | grilled & marinated, fresh herbs & fig gastrique 



Gellhorn’s Daiquiri (by Tiffany Friday)

“Martha Gellhorn was a war journalist for 60 years. She was married to Ernest Hemmingway from 1940-1945 and could match his drinking when she chose. My inspiration was to create a feminine version of the ‘Hemmingway Daiquiri’”

11/2 oz Appleton White Rum
1/2 oz Rosemary simple
1/4 oz Luxardo Marachino
2 oz Grapefruit Juice

Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass, shake and strain into a highball glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary.

New TASTE Restaurant Hours during the Elle  Exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum:

Tuesday: 11am- close    |     Lunch, Happy Hour

Wednesday – Saturday: 11am-close   |     Lunch, Happy Hour & Dinner

Sunday: 11am-5pm    |    All Day Brunch

Closed Monday

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