One chef was so inspired by acclaimed American artist Georgia’s O’Keeffe’s lush, sensual artwork that he decided to concoct an entire dinner series dedicated to it. Chef John Rivera Sedlar (owner of Rivera Restaurant in Los Angeles, No. 99 on our 2014 list of the 101 Best Restaurants in America), has created a five-course dinner inspired by the memory of the great American painter.The 90-minute tasting will be held nightly for $60 per person at the newly-opened Eloisa restaurant in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with each dish named after one of O’Keeffe’s paintings.
Entitled O’Keeffe’s Table, the menu will be both “sparse and modern,” and will feature local ingredients, which both Sedlar and O’Keeffe supported. The chef’s connection to O’Keeffe is more than just an artistic one; Sedlar’s great-aunt Jeronima “Jerry” Newsom was the artist’s personal chef and chauffeur. When Sedlar was young, he used to play in O’Keeffe’s home, and he recalls her connection to both art and nutrition.
“In the 1940s she was making yogurt at home, growing vegetables, and very interested in nutrition long before these things were fashionable,” he said.
Menu highlights include Blue Poppies (blue potato chips and trout caviar), Black Mesa (seared venison loin with high-desert ratatouille), and Ghost Ranch (a dessert featuring fresh pueblo peaches and bush raspberries served with honey and cream).