On the evening of Monday, January 22, the Harrison Center kicked off a new series! Art Dish is a monthly event that gives collectors an opportunity to meet local artists and hear about their work in an intimate setting while enjoying cuisine from some of Indy’s best chefs.
The inaugural Dish featured local artist Liz Smith, who discussed her exhibit “My Tour de France” in the Harrison Gallery while guests enjoyed French cuisine curated and prepared by Regina Mehallick (rBistro, r2go).
The evening began with passed hors d’oeurves, and a presentation of Liz’s work based on her many visits to France over the course of the last two years. She spoke about her work and the inspiration behind it, then the Harrison Gallery’s “Speck-tacular” descending table was revealed. Once the guests were seated, the first course began with a beautiful Salade Lyonnaise, topped with a poached egg. The pairing of the food and artwork was perfection–the green of the leaves, the golden yolk and the color of the pancetta was the ideal visual complement to Liz’s work.
The second course was a Coq au Vin, with Francese. Served with mushrooms, carrots and hearty scallions, the chicken, braised in wine, fell off the bone. Lively conversation continued well into dessert, an Apple Galette with cornmeal crust. All in all, a Francophile’s dream.
February and March Art Dish events are sold out, but you may purchase tickets and reserve your place for the April 16 event by calling 317.396.3886. Tickets are $150 per person, and $50 of the ticket price is a tax-deductible donation to support Harrison Center programs. Bon appétit!