Any food-lover will attest that food is art, but when dishes are literally inspired by paintings, the connection is undeniable. The two came together in a three-day exhibition at the JW Marriott Hotel in Chicago’s Loop. The hotel has partnered with Christie’s, the well-known New York auction house, to provide Chicago with a preview of their spring auction season. Examples of work from various eras, from 19th Century European Art to Post-War Contemporary, are available for viewing by the public.
To supplement this feast for the eyes, the JW Marriott’s executive chef Michael Reich has developed special dishes inspired by the featured paintings. Drawing elements from the palette, strokes, and subjects of three highlighted pieces, Chef Reich has created sophisticated dishes that turn the art into a multi-sensory experience.
The exhibition will run through April 18th, and the influenced dishes, displayed below, can be purchased over the course of the show in the Lobby Lounge.
Chanterelle Fava, made with chanterelle mushrooms, fava bean puree, housemade lentil cracker, and tangerine gastrique, as inspired by Edward Hopper’s Kelly Jenness House.
Duck Confit, with a sour cherry reduction, salsify, and mache, as inspired by Leon-Augustin Lhermitte's The Little Goose Girl of Mézy.
Diver Scallops, with ramp pesto, crisp kale, and red pepper oil, as inspired by Childe Hassam’s In a French Garden.