Like the Spice? Then Stay for Dinner

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Like the Spice gallery in Williamsburg hosted their third casual art dinner party last night and I thought I’d share some thoughts about a monthly affair that is sure to grow.

Catered by Paloma in Greenpoint, last night’s meal featured a talk by Jason Bryant, who is exhibiting at the gallery in a show titled, “Fleshpot.”

jasonbryant.jpegComprised of cropped magazine and publicity shots, Bryant’s latest paintings are deceivingly simple. He spoke about his process…how he flattened the skin tones to reveal the landscape of drapery, how his minimalist sensibility pushes him to use simple fields of color as a backdrop and how his new work is different (he’s zooming in on clothing).

Personally, I thought his small black & white oval-shaped pieces were the most intriguing, since their size, shape and sexually-suggestive framing allowed me to focus on the skill of his drawing and less so on the image.

bryany002.JPGPaloma’s menu was divinely selected. Owner, operator and head diva Camille Becerra offered up Parmesan crusted talapia, grilled free range chicken, couscous/micro greens/sunflower seeds/lemon dressing, and a wide range of vegetables.

For dessert she infused chocolate with Pernod (the evening’s sponsor). Considering tickets for dinner/talk were $40, I thought it was an absolute steal.

bryany003.jpgWe all had a chance to hear Camille’s life story. In addition to cooking for Buddhist monks in LA, living in a gay porn studio in Manhattan and appearing on this season’s “Top Chef,” she talked about being a mom, loving food and running a Brooklyn restaurant in a borough full of foodies. She’s one amazing person…oh, did I mention AM New York voted her NY’s “sexiest chef.”

If gallery owner, Marisa Sage has her way, the culinary nights are going to diversify…maybe a cook off? commissioning artists to design menus? The sky’s the limit.

3 responses to “Like the Spice? Then Stay for Dinner”

  1. Maybe you can help me out with something…? I want to order all of my food online from now on because of various reasons, but I don’t know where to go for quality food. I have tried 2 companies so far, Fresh Dining, and and Celebrity Foods, but I wanna get others I can try out. Do you know of any? The main thing I’ve ordered so far is steak. I guess you can say, I’m a steak junkie. LOL!!! From what I have found out (from what I have ordered so far) I think I am able to regulate the quality of beef I buy. I hate going to a store and getting that crappy slab of beef that I have to cut down until there is like nothing left. Hahaha!!!! (its so true though) Anyhow, sorry that I made this comment so long. If you can help me out or point me in a direction where I might find more quality foods online, I would greatly appreciate it. Have a good day or night! (depending on when you read this) LOL!!!!

  2. In New York we use Fresh Direct…for Buffalo Wings I would order them directly from Anchor Bar in Buffalo, for Baklava (if you like that) I would order them directly from Detroit’s Shatila…it’s delicious.
    Otherwise, Dean & Deluca is probably a good bet for food too….let me know how your search goes.

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