HISTORIC ARCHITECTURE AND CONTEMPORARY ART INSPIRED MUSEUM BISTRO
Constellation Culinary Group and Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College Collaborated to Launch the Cultural Institution’s First Eatery
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SARASOTA, FL – Bistro at the Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College launched on October 1st following the Museum’s reopening in its new home, the renovated historic Sarasota High School building dating from 1926. Operated by the renowned Constellation Culinary Group (the team behind culinary masterpieces Verde at Perez Art Museum Miami and The Restaurant at the Norton Museum of Art), Bistro offers local and seasonal-inspired dishes. Menu specials are featured on the blackboard behind the counter, a nostalgic nod to the former high school. Created with Museum visitors, community members, vacationers, faculty and students in mind, the new eatery is the Museum’s first dining destination. Bistro is open to the general public as a stand-alone restaurant. The purchase of a Museum ticket is not required to dine-in, take-out, or order delivery service from the restaurant.
At the helm of the kitchen is Executive Chef and Tampa native Kaytlin Dangaran, a celebrated and French Culinary Institute-trained chef with multi-coast experience from renowned restaurants in New York, San Francisco, and most recently, Miami. Having led restaurants within cultural institutions, Chef Kaytlin has elevated the museum experience with seasonal and art-inspired menus.
“Creating a menu and space within a museum presents a unique opportunity to draw inspiration from the art and artists around us,” said Executive Chef and General Manager Kaytlin Dangaran. “With the Museum and Sarasota’s eclectic and multi-faceted population in mind, Bistro provides a space with soul-nourishing cuisine and thought-provoking art that is accessible to everyone.”
The menu is influenced by local Florida farm stands featuring Home-made Soups, Tartines, Market Fresh Salads, Artisanal Sandwiches, Charcuterie and Cheese, and fresh-baked breads and traditional French pastries. These offerings may be enjoyed in Bistro’s interior dining space complemented by thoughtfully curated exhibits, on the go, or outdoors within the Museum Plaza. The counter service eatery features an espresso bar that serves Parliament espresso using thoughtfully sourced beans from La Virgen Coffee Estates in Nicaragua and local organic milk from Sutter’s Quality Foods.
The crave-worthy Tartine selection served with freshly baked baguettes from C’est La Vie bakery includes House-made Ricotta, made with Sutter’s organic milk, Mayhaw jam and local honey from Old Florida Bee Company; Roasted Mushroom Spread with poached egg and Mimolette cheese, Smashed Avocado with preserved lemon and French breakfast radish; and House-cured Salmon with dill cre`me fraiche and pickled onions. The pullman loaf and 7-grain bread for sandwiches are sourced from Bavarian Bread Bakery in Sarasota. The soups, such as traditional Chicken Matzo Ball Soup and Tomato Bisque with whipped blue cheese toast, deserve main entrée attention.
Garden-fresh salads include Watercress and Florida Citrus Salad with roasted beets, spiced pistachios and avocado; Heirloom Tomatoes with quinoa and lemon basil pesto; and Chopped Nicoise with lemon Dijon vinaigrette. Salad protein add-on choices include cedar-roasted salmon, chicken salad and house roasted turkey. Sandwich options include Griddled Cheese on Pullman with tomato jam; a Salmon Nicoise Whole Wheat Wrap; Roasted Turkey with herbed aioli, smashed avocado, sprouts and tomato on 7-grain bread; and Roasted Chicken Salad with pickled peppers and garlic aioli.
The menu features a selection of Charcuterie and Cheese with house-made pickles and a French baguette. Cheese options will include Mimolette, blue cheese, signature Parmesan cheese, Camembert, Brie, and specialty cheeses such as truffled and hay smoked. The selection of Charcuterie includes meats such as salumi, prosciutto, chicken liver pate´ with rose gastrique or gelee, house-cured salmon with rotating flavors (i.e. dill and lemon, coriander and bay leaf, beet) and French-style, country-salted ham.
Bistro also offers small plates, grab-and-go options and traditional French pastries. Add-on sides include house-made pickles, toast with butter and jam or a buttermilk biscuit with Sarasota honey butter. The pastry display will draw in repeat customers with house-made pies (i.e. blueberry with cornmeal crust, strawberry and rhubarb, brown butter and cranberry), biscuits, and cookies (i.e. chocolate chip, corn). In addition to fresh bread, local French bakery C’est La Vie will also supply baked pastries (i.e. croissants and gluten-free treats like almond cake with fresh cherries).
Inspired by both the 1926 M. Leo Elliott neo-Gothic building and Paul Rudolph’s 1951 Modernist building, Bistro’s design pays homage to both eras, and calls upon the buildings’ origins as a high school and public space to create an environment for museum-curated art experiences coupled with artfully crafted fare. The design aims to provide a flexible space for transitional dining experiences from grab-and-go offerings, coffee service, casual breakfast and lunch daytime dining to fine-dining evening dinners, special events, and cocktail receptions.
The building’s rich history is the driving force behind all aspects of the design down to the restaurant’s Thonet Bistro Chairs, a classic staple in bistros around the world dating back to the mid-1800s. Additionally, the classic Paris park “Luxembourg” chair of the 1920s are used in the Plaza for outdoor dining. The Banquettes throughout Bistro are inspired by Paul Rudolph’s innovative seating designs. The reclaimed heart pine tables, benches and finishes further emphasize this connection between both spaces, as they are made from 600-year-old longleaf heart pine reclaimed from the Elliott building’s joists. The tiles along the vast wall of the open kitchen mirror the Brickcrete façade of the Rudolph building.
“We wanted to extend the Museum experience into the eatery through curated installations and recurring design elements,” explained Anne-Marie Russell, Executive Director and Curator at the Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College. “Our harmonious collaboration with Constellation Culinary Group created a unified space combining art and cuisine, two universal languages of the human experience.”
Bistro provides a continuation of the art experience, with culinary-inspired art and site-specific installations. Dining plates by Vik Muniz, a Dominus Methuselah with a label designed by William Kentridge, and a history of the no14 chair by Michael Thonetsara provide a link between art and the dining experience. An exhibit about Olivier Mosset, whose painting installation collaborates in a site-responsive manner with the Rudolph Plaza-side Façade, and a mural installation, Coming Together, by Jose Alvarez, completes the inaugural exhibitions in Bistro.
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About Bistro at Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College Bistro at the Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College features a Florida farm stand-inspired menu focusing on locally sourced and seasonal ingredients that can be enjoyed within the interior dining space complemented by thoughtfully curated exhibits, on the go, or outdoors within the Museum Plaza. Menu specials will be featured on the blackboard behind the counter, a nostalgic nod to the former high school. For more information, visit http://clicks.weblinkinternational.com/ls/click?upn=2vLz-2BccvG2sCqUyCoj6YZKYRLl9zsSKctaG83g-2FjhOwUixznTRy-2FT9ksWW0fraZ4iAtY0uMg-2FAJvrRcDUt60Ww-3D-3DhxQM_FQC2LT8GxayrM161hhHVAvMj-2BxELwhZ6JXx-2F9NPRX5eoazOEswajMZEnyIqRRQWA47mWguZOCJhlSNwKxZocRBCMui9CArIwxzjMBJpShMH2hCQA9mCDlBlQAmKK9yXNmernHgHElBHVKMubS5QRKFLNSJQZ-2BxLCUPz8VIP9Ri9NeChtK4YvGr0eupkea7JhC0v2anJUZUwXK7q9YpSK01v9egDTGT40rNW6802oKFA-3D
About Constellation Culinary Group
Launched in 2008 and reimagined in 2018, Constellation Culinary Group provides best-in-class dining experiences for one-of-a-kind events, cultural centers, professional settings, restaurants and cafes. With over nineteen locations in eight cities, including internationally renowned cultural institutions Carnegie Hall, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the New York Botanical Garden, Clark Art Institute, and the Pérez Art Museum Miami, Constellation brings culinary visions to life. As part of the Elior North America family, Constellation Culinary Group consistently creates unforgettable experiences with the help of its skilled and thoughtful people, who believe in the company’s mission and philosophy that good food connects us. For additional information and a full list of Constellation dining and venues, visit constellationculinary.com.
About The Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College The Sarasota Art Museum is a catalyst for appreciation and understanding of the art of our time. As a platform for education, exposure and experimentation, the Museum inspires new ideas and new ways of being through an endless rotation of transformative, relevant, and pioneering exhibitions and programs designed to elevate and empower all by cultivating discerning visual thinkers and ethical citizens.
As the region’s first museum dedicated to contemporary art, the Museum offers visitors a place to see thought-provoking, boundary-pushing exhibitions and participate in dynamic educational programming with global thought leaders. The facility is a resource for learning about global art discourse and deepening appreciation for 20th and 21st century art and artists through exhibition gallery spaces, an auditorium, an outdoor sculpture garden, a bistro, retail store, and extensive grounds for performance, happenings, sculpture, site-specific and site-responsive installations, movement classes, and gatherings. The Sarasota Art Museum is an ideal “third space” for friends and family from the community, the region, and around the world to gather, learn, be inspired, and experience the power of art to transform society. For more information, please visit http://clicks.weblinkinternational.com/ls/click?upn=2vLz-2BccvG2sCqUyCoj6YZKYRLl9zsSKctaG83g-2FjhOyr0BwPACF-2FhLqyHV7vmJ5xRNr0_FQC2LT8GxayrM161hhHVAvMj-2BxELwhZ6JXx-2F9NPRX5eoazOEswajMZEnyIqRRQWA47mWguZOCJhlSNwKxZocRG9q1Ih5uK01ivUcmz7wXs6wB1oiEDzGFGIy9Tw3ADzzPchZ6bXVmbmcY3-2FXt13EuK6GuRKGf5xd-2F6ouXu6nYYsjhaBCaIYtMaL78uAB3W3V0O8VnvFR2remBxxqbVJlWqiCo3bpeLnd4MJflrykwPU-3D