26 Nov
Sat / 2016

Inside the MFAH
Who Needs Leftovers? Go French for “Degas: A New Vision”

We all love pumpkin pie and stuffing, but Degas: A New Vision has us in a French mood—and what’s more French than a good meal and wine? The MFAH has partnered with local eateries to enhance your experience of the exhibition; Jacques Fox, chef/owner of Artisans Restaurant in Midtown, created a “Tribute to Edgar Degas” menu, and Jaime Salazar, chef at Brasserie 19 in River Oaks, chose to serve up halibut en papillote.

The chefs shared their thoughts with us about their Degas-inspired dishes, available during the run of the exhibition, through January 16.

How did Degas: A New Vision inspire your specials?
Jaime Salazar, Brasserie 19
Fish prepared en papillote (“in parchment”) is French—like Degas, of course. In honor of the artist, we wanted to use a traditional preparation that was not only delicious but also beautiful. The halibut en papillote is served with zucchini, marinated artichoke, heirloom tomatoes, lemon, and white wine, so the fillet of fish is accented by hints of vibrant color, like many of Degas’s artworks.

Jacques Fox, Artisans When planning a menu, I feel it is important to research the people and the time period to connect all elements together. As a classically trained French chef, one of my favorite chefs is Auguste Escoffier, who lived in the same era as Degas. Both men elevated their own art forms and were pioneers in their fields. I chose products that Escoffier loved at that time: scallops with fennel sauce, and tournedos Rossini. And the cheese-course selection and poached pear frangipane with bourbon ice cream represent the time Degas spent working in New Orleans.

Houston Press has named Brasserie 19 one of the top romantic restaurants in the city. How does your halibut dish complement the ambiance?
To tout our romantic atmosphere, we wanted to showcase a dish that was elegant, yet simple. When you taste this dish, there is no denying that it is delicate and light. A hint of acidity from the lemon and wine shines through that is balanced with the earthy vegetables and flaky fish.

How does pairing your special menu with Degas: A New Vision enhance the experience of both?
JF I love experimenting, and I like to have fun and enjoy life! Degas’s paintings are rich, textural scenes of dancers, café diners, racehorses, and snapshots of daily activities. They are full of life. Just as Degas: A New Vision is an extensive representation of his life’s work in one place, my menu combines many classic foods of Degas’s day that you can combine with your experience of the exhibition.

Learn more about the restaurant partnerships, then join us to see the exhibition before it’s gone!

Recent Posts

Post Archives

Tag Cloud

17th-century 18thc 18th-century 1960s 1970s 19th-century 20th-century 35mm 5womenartists abstract abstraction activities activity africa african-art a-history-of-photography akan america american american-art ancient and angelica-kauffmann animals animation anna-atkins antiquities architecture archive armchair-travel art art-books artist artists art-of-the-islamic-worlds arts-of-india azaleas bayou bayou-bend bayou-bend-christmas-village bend bestowing-beauty biblical biography black book british british-arrows british-art broadways-amazing-mastersons buffalo-bayou-park-cistern camp campus campus-redevelopment cannes carroll-sterling-masterson chair chef chinese-art christmas christmas-fun cinema cisternrain civil-rights classes classic classic-films cocktail coffee collection color colors-of-the-oasis community concrete conservation contemporary-art contemporary-arts-museum-houston contemporary-film contesting-modernity countess create cullen-sculpture-garden culture curator curators-picks dance decorative-arts degas degas-a-new-vision design digital discussion diversity documentary documents dont-blink-robert-frank drama drawings dutch-art electronic elizabeth-i england e-records europe exhibition exhibitions eye-on-houston family family-programs fashion fashion-fusion feast festival fiber-arts field film films flowers food france francis-bacon free french french-art fun future futuremfah gainsborough galleries gallery gallery-interpretation garden gardening garden-paradise gardens george-iii glassell glassell-school-of-art google-art-project google-arts-and-culture habsburg-splendor-masterpieces-from-viennas-imperial-collections halloween happyhour happy-new-year harris-masterson-iii henry-viii hirsch-library history history-book-club holiday holiday-fun hollywood home homemfah homeso-different-so-appealing houston howe hurricane-harvey icaa ikat ima-hogg impressionism indian-art instagram interactive ipads islamic italian japanese-art john-biggers joshua-reynolds kenwood kids king kodak kusama latin latin-america latin-american latin-american-art latino-art latin-wave latinx laura-israel learning-and-interpretation livestream love mail manet maria-fernanda-cardoso masterpiece mastersons mayan-art media meditation mending-craft-and-community mexican-film mexican-modernism mexico mfa-cafe mfah mfah-book-club mfah-films mfah-in-the-community mfah-staff modern modernism monet movie movies movies-houstonians-love mueck mueckmfah museum museum-education music native-american-art nature new nhprc now-on-view now-playing organic oscar-de-la-renta oscars painting paintings paint-the-revolution paris paul-thomas-anderson peacock-in-the-desert-the-royal-arts-of-jodhpur-india peacockmfah persian persian-art photographs photography picasso politics portrait portraits pose prints prints-and-drawings programs queen-victoria radical rebel-jester-mystic-poet recipe rembrandt-van-rijn rienzi ron-mueck rothko sampler school sculpted-in-steel sculpture self-portrait shadow-monsters shepherds short-films slow-art-day snail snapshot social soul soul-of-a-nation spain spanish-art spring streaming style summer technology texas textiles thanksgiving the the-al-sabah-collection theater the-glamour-and-romance-of-oscar-de-la-renta tour trivia tudors-to-windsors valentines-day vangogh venezuelan-art video vincent-van-gogh vincent-van-gogh-his-life-in-art virtual wagner-garden-carpet watercolor winter women-filmmakers womens-history-month works-on-paper yoga zoom