Flavorful World’s Friday Fourplay offers up a bite-sized tidbit of info on each of the four food- and drink-related things we found most interesting each week.
Well, I’ll be Un Chien Andalou…
Head Bartender Alex Kratena is bringing a touch of surrealism to The Artesian bar at London’s Langham Hotel. This, in addition to the establishment having earned “World’s Best Bar” honors under his stewardship, interests me in the bar on a personal level for reasons as related to my art appreciation as to my great love of alcoholic beverages (both of which are vast): Kratena is planning a line of cocktails inspired by famed artist Salvador Dalí, whose oeuvre numbers among my favorites. The new lineup is scheduled for unveiling this July, and finds me hoping it will prove to be as impressively mind-bending as the works and life of the artist himself.
Famous Last Meals (Imagined)
I can’t say I’ve ever had cause to wonder at length about the last meals of various celebrated figures throughout history. That doesn’t mean that no one has, however, and in fact, a short film series has been dedicated to exploring this very subject. Filmmaker Gus Fligate’s Last Supper Project imagines and illustrates with inventive videography and soundtracks what the last meal eaten by celebrated souls such as Jimi Hendrix and Julius Caesar might have been. Having viewed several of the films, I find, despite the obvious implied morbidity of looking forward to someone else’s last meal, that I am doing exactly that. And I’m as excited wondering about the next eater’s identity as I am about the meal and its visual execution.
…But I Know What I Like
So it seems this week’s entries have all involved marrying food and artistic expression in some way. First, cocktails and surrealism, then food prep and filmography, and with this third entry, recipes and gifted painters. Two newly-released books—Monet’s Palate Cookbook, written by Aileen Bordman and Derek Fell, and Dinner with Jackson Pollock by Robyn Lea—have just earned addition to my reading queue. Each book explores the cooking and eating style of its respective artistic giant, and includes lots of recipes (Pollock’s own, with recipes inspired by Monet’s works). Where the kitchen/dining habits of an impressionist who kept a private 2.5-acre kitchen garden, and an abstract expressionist who after his death left behind a trove of handwritten recipes including one for his award-winning apple pie, should align or diverge could make for interesting reading as well as eating.
Via NPR The Salt
And with our last entry, we come full circle, back to London. We didn’t plan it that way, but sometimes the stars align in just the right way, and they’ve exceeded our wildest dreams this week in doing so. They’ve given us the world’s first Cake Garden. Yep.
Imagine an English country garden made of chocolate crumb soil, fruit loaf bricks with Nutella grouting, sugar daisies, and Jammy Dodger tiles. Crafted by award-winning cake designer Rosalind Miller, the edible paradise was constructed in Central London’s Russell Square for just a single afternoon, to promote the launch of author Carole Matthews’ new novel The Cake Shop in the Garden. A garden where even the insects and creeping ivy are edible renews my faith that despite its occasional hectic and thankless aspects, life can, on occasion, still be pretty sweet—if only for one fleeting afternoon.
Via The Independent