Award-Winn​ing Chef José Andrés Creates Garden Café Catalonia in Honor of “Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape” @ NGA

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Award-winning Washington-based Chef José Andrés is transforming the menu in the National Gallery of Art’s Garden Café with signature Catalan dishes beginning May 1, 2012. Since 2006, when the Chamber of Commerce of Marseilles brought chefs from southern France to promote regional cuisine at the Gallery during the exhibition, Cézanne in Provence, the Gallery has collaborated with foreign and local chefs to offer visitors a destination dining spot that is thematic with selected exhibitions or parts of the permanent collection.  Andrés, who was inspired by Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape, on view from May 6 through August 12, 2012, spent his formative years in and around Barcelona and is chef and owner of ThinkFoodGroup restaurants in Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Miami.

 His restaurants include Jaleo, Zaytinya, Oyamel, minibar by josé andrés, and The Bazaar by José Andrés. Andrés is also the host and executive producer of the PBS culinary series Made in Spain. The Garden Café Catalonia menu is presented in partnership with Restaurant Associates and Executive Chef David Rogers at the National Gallery of Art.The sense of Catalan identity evident throughout the exhibition is also reflected in the Garden Café Catalonia. Andrés’ pride in his native Spain and in the distinctive culinary traditions of the northeast province of Catalonia is highlighted in the Garden Café menu. He incorporates traditional Catalan flavors, combining sweet fruits and nuts with savory meats and vegetables, and features classic dishes such as escalivada catalana, the roasted vegetable dish which takes its name from the Catalan verb escalivar, to cook slowly near embers of a fire. Recipe cards for selected dishes are offered to guests free of charge.

Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape
May 6–August 12, 2012

Celebrated as one of the greatest modern artists, Miró (1893–1983) developed a visual language that reflected his vision and energy in a variety of styles across many media. Through some 120 works of art, this exhibition reveals the politically engaged side of Miró’s work, including his passionate response to one of the most turbulent periods in European history as well as his sense of Spanish—specifically Catalan—identity.

The exhibition was organized by Tate Modern, London, in collaboration with Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, and in association with the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

The exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation. Additional support is provided by Buffy and William Cafritz. The Institut Ramon Llull is an exhibition sponsor in Washington and London.

The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. In-kind promotional support has been provided by Chef José Andrés of Jaléo and ThinkFoodGroup.

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