Sunday, January 29, 2012

Foodbuzz 24x24: The Art Walk presented by Cloak & Dinner

As many of you know (mostly because of my constant barrage of tweets, emails & facebook posts) I have an underground supper club entitled Cloak & Dinner. Our mission is to constantly push the boundaries of cuisine & cocktails by incorporating a variety of eccentric inspirations in our intimate dinner party setting. With my good friend Sean Brogan to co-chef (and write all our witty invites) and my wonderful boyfriend Isaac Zucca shaking things up at the bar, we hope to warp expectations & redefine what one can expect from 3 amateur foodies.

Loving to share our crazy attempts and interpretations of food, it's always awesome when one of our dinners coincide with Foodbuzz's 24x24 challenge, (and of course even more awesome when we get accepted!) Every month Foodbuzz chooses 24 food bloggers was 24 different areas of the world to all host a party on the same day and then blog about it. Having participated in the 24x24 event last year with A Day in the Life, I knew what this was all about and am coming to the table even more prepared this time.
From ashen scrawls on the walls of Cro-Magnon caves to vibrant vistas rendered on canvas in glowing realism, humanity's artistic prowess has cemented our status as elevated lifeforms and established a language that every subsequent generation will understand. Tonight we praise a handful of the masters, the artists who reflect their small slice of history with dedication, passion, and bravado. With each course you'll take another step through a gallery that spans our favorite epochs of creative history, seeing the world at once through an artist's eyes and a chef's palette. It's often stated that every great meal is truly a work of art. Allow us to finally remove all doubt.
The table was set... up as a Piet Mondrian of course!  Hey if we're going to do an art walk, we're going to do it all the way.  One question we get asked a lot is "which came first, the food or the concept?" Unfortunately there isn't an easy answer, it's very chicken or the egg, but with this dinner I can most certainly pinpoint it's origin.  For Christmas my amazing boyfriend invested in a lovely little cook anthology entitled "Modernist Cuisine" & after flipping through page after page of gorgeous inspiration, I knew that Cloak & Dinner was going to come back from our little break with something artfully magnanimous.

What it was hadn't quite come to me yet.  Then one early evening, sipping Chardonnay at BLT's happy hour, reading "Ferran: The Inside Story of El Bulli," and imagining the exquisite dishes presented in the chapters, a warm fuzzy feeling took hold and I pictured a warm consomm√© as a perfect canvas to create something spectacular.  The ocean perhaps?  No, it was a little too small.  A pond?  A pond covered in lily pads & flowers?  Monet's water lilies?

I immediately began texting my co-chef ideas & his first response was LOVE. A whole dinner inspired by art, how... well let's be honest it's a little pretentious, but it was also a ton of fun!  Out of that moment our next meal began to take shape, and I'm so honored to share it with you all as well!

Abstract Italian inspired by Jackson Pollock
tomato, basil, balsamic, burrata, garlic, onion, bread
Monet's Water Lily Oxtail Consomme
oxtail consomme, spinach, flower croutons
Mark Rothko Multiform Tartar
spicy ahi tuna tartar deconstructed
Picasso's Cubist Porcine Heaven
rosemary pork tenderloin, honey pork belly, mirepoix of fruits & veggies
A Gargouillou Study in Edible Glass inspired by Chihuly
broken glass jello, pretzel crumble, lavender ice cream, lemon curd raspberries, fruits

And of course, who can forget the cocktails...
War & Beets - Leo Tolstoy
Beet, Lime, Brown Sugar, Ginger, Tequila

Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
Mint, Cinnamon, Lime, Blackberry, Rum

The Long Goodbye - Raymond Chandler
Bourbon, Lemon, Maple Syrup, Jalapeno, Luxardo, Angostura & Orange Bitters

Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
Gin, Irish Whiskey, Orange, Lime, Cayenne, Nutmeg, Chocolate Bitters


  1. love this art. YOu are so talented.. I'm so sad that I keep missing day I'm so there I promise..Take care, xoxo

  2. so sad to have missed this - let's do picasso pt 2 some time soon!

  3. The oxtail was wonderful! Also the beet cocktail was unusual but tasty. I highly enjoyed the meal.

  4. Lovely menu and ideas! I used to be an art student before I got into nursing and I truly do believe that every meal is a work of art. Yours is a testament to that. P.S. I'd love to learn some of your tricks ;)

    1. I'm actually going to let you in on a little secret... I'm writing up a cookbook with exactly that right now!!

  5. This was the best meal I've had in weeks. The tartar was unbelievable, and the pollock had me splattering bread all over it. And I loved the cubist pork!

    I wanted to drink the long goodbye(s) all night long while watching a post dinner Elliot Gould marathon.

    SO AWESOME! I want to be there again right now.

  6. Everything looks AMAZING and I'm sure that the food was even more amazing!! You guys just keep outdoing yourselves each time! Can't wait to see what the next Cloak and Dinner brings!

  7. Hi my fellow 24x24 poster! Congrats! I'm just discovering your blog and am really loving your posts. Your art walk these is awesome, so creative, your dishes and drinks look amazing!

    1. Aw thank you! Your homemade Burrata totally made my mouth water, so much so that I'm going out to eat some tonight!

  8. What a terrific Post! I love art, and really enjoyed how you infused art into your meal! Excellent!

  9. Wow, I LOVE this creative. I absolutely love what you did with the table. Congrats on the 24x24!!


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