Food Imitating Art

For centuries, sparkling wine, food and great art have been the basic elements of a fantastic party. This Friday, November 16, the museum will be hosting its first Toast to the Arts, an event celebrating art, wine and food from across the world. Toast to the Arts will feature sparkling wines from France, Italy, Spain and California, along with food from local venues, O Asian Fusion, LOCAL and University of Oklahoma Catering. Each restaurant has prepared a menu inspired by the art currently on display in the museum’s galleries. The evening serves as a fundraiser for the acquisition of No Man’s Land by Ed Ruscha.

“This will be a wonderful, one-of-a-kind event and it could not have happened without the help of The Spirit Shop, Republic National Distributing Company, LOCAL, O Asian Fusion and the University of Oklahoma Catering,” said Katie Parker, the museum’s audience development manager. “The night’s food and sparkling wines have been carefully chosen and created, just like the works of art with which they are paired.”

O Asian Fusion, a local Norman restaurant since 2009, is known for its fresh Thai and Asian ingredients and family recipes, which have been passed down for generations. For this event, O Asian Fusion has created a special crispy fried tempura cheesecake, along with its traditional California roll. The colors, shapes and hues match specific works in the museum’s collection and inspire each edible creation.

LOCAL, a Norman restaurant which opened in March 2012, is known for creating all of its dishes and drink choices based upon fresh ingredients from local farmers and grown locally in Oklahoma. LOCAL will be providing inspired dishes such as Oklahoma buffalo meat and an Italian dish including Puttanesca sauce. The Puttanesca sauce (Puttanesca literally translates to “in the style of a prostitute”) was inspired by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s painting, Portrait of a Girl, which depicts a prostitute from the brothel Rue d’Amboise in 1892.

But enough talk, let’s look at a preview of this Friday’s menu!



 – Artwork by Daniel Sperle


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