Good Taste

Wouldn’t it be great if someone figured out how to combine high art and fine dining for an haute evening that engaged all the senses? Well, someone did. Every Tuesday in October, The Avenues: Art, Fashion, and Design District, along with the Los Angeles Times Magazine, will present Taste Art, a visual/culinary extravaganza.

The series pairs a restaurant with a gallery, who curates a special collection of art for the event. The chef and sommeliers then design a multi-course menu and wine selection around the artist’s work. The curators, chefs and sommeliers are also on hand at each of the events to discuss their collaborative and individual efforts. Tickets, menus for each event and artist and gallery listings can be found on The Avenue’s website.

Last Tuesday, Taste Art’s gala opening of the series was hosted by Los Angeles Times Magazine’s Design and Cultural Editor Meyer Rus. Tasende Gallery chose a selection of paintings by renowned Spanish artist Fernando Botero and Gordon Ramsay at The London Hotel’s Chef Andy Cook prepared a three course feast that included escargot and garlic custard, caramelized sea scallops with quail egg, and roasted duck.

Sadly, I had to miss out on the delicious dinner and art party last week but you can bet your bottom dollar that I’m attending tomorrow’s event. RH @ The Andaz Hotel will be joined by LLG Group Gallery who’s presenting work by artist Roni Stretch. I spy diver sea scallops on Chef Sebastian Archambault’s menu, as well as a Petaluma poached organic chicken breast and a Hudson Valley foie gras terrine. And, if that doesn’t tempt enough, I’ve been a longtime fan of Roni Stretch’s haunting imagery.

To tell you the truth, I may have to make an appearance at all of the events, if for no other reason than some of my favorite LA filling stations, including Comme Ca, Sur Restaurant and Bar, and Petrossian Restaurant appear on the Taste Art roster. I mean, dazzling dinners as well as visual stylings? You know where to find me come Tuesdays.