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FEAST: The Propeller Group
February 12, 2016
Carnegie Museum of Art
Pittsburgh, PA…Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) announces its inaugural FEAST, the first of a new dinner series pairing exquisite, six-course meals with great works of art. FEAST takes its cues from the art work on view at the museum for a completely unique, one-night-only immersive cultural experience.
The February 12 FEAST event is inspired by CMOA’s current exhibition The Propeller Group: The Living Need Light, The Dead Need Music, a spectacular visual and musical journey through the fantastical funerary traditions of South Vietnam. The lush and colorful video features rituals that resonate with funeral traditions in New Orleans and other parts of the “global south.”
For this FEAST, CMOA welcomes acclaimed New Orleans–based chef Michael Gulotta to create a meal that fuses Vietnamese and New Orleans cuisine. Dinner includes an open bar cocktail hour with hors d’euorves, a family style meal with wine and beer pairings, and admission to the FEAST After-Party. Dinner menu highlights include cane syrup-lacquered duckling; black bean gumbo with blue crab, jumbo shrimp, and roasted okra; and coconut milk glazed whole roast hog. (The full menu is subject to change.)
After-Party tickets are also for sale as a stand-alone ticket, and features traditional Tết celebrations and Vietnamese street foods by Chef Gulotta and a cash bar. Tết, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, celebrates the arrival of spring and good wishes for the next year.
Dinner: 6–9 p.m.
After-party: 9 p.m.–midnight
FEAST: After-Party features music by Pandemic and Raya Brass Band, a performance by the Gong Lung (Steel Dragon) Kung Fu and Lion and Dragon Dance, and Vietnamese street foods by New Orleans chef Michael Gulotta.
The After-Party menu includes Ban Xeo Crepes with Shrimp and Pork; Charred Broccoli with Roasted Garlic and Sate; Wok Fried Noodles with Blue Crab and Mint; and Crispy Chicken Wings in Nuoc Cham Caramel with Ginger and Cilantro.
About Chef Michael Gulotta: Born and raised in New Orleans, Michael Gulotta began cooking in local restaurants at age 17. After graduating from the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute, he joined the newly opened Restaurant August under Chef John Besh. Gulotta then took leave to train in the Italian Riviera and Germany’s Black Forest. When Hurricane Katrina hit, Michael returned home to help rebuild and assist with August’s re-opening. He was named Chef de Cuisine in 2007 and led the award-winning kitchen for six years, while establishing relationships with local farmers and purveyors. He opened his first restaurant, MOPHO, in January of 2014. Located in New Orleans’ Mid City, MOPHO strives to be a true neighborhood restaurant and a destination for Southeast Asian-inspired cuisine utilizing the Louisiana pantry. In its first year, MOPHO was nominated for America’s Best New Restaurant by Bon Appétit magazine and named “Restaurant of the Year” by New Orleans magazine. Michael was also recently named one of the “Top 30 Chefs to Watch” in the nation by Plate magazine.
FEAST is supported by Table Magazine, Yelp, and Wigle Whiskey.
General operating support for Carnegie Museum of Art is provided by The Heinz Endowments and Allegheny Regional Asset District. The programs of the Heinz Architectural Center are made possible by the generosity of the Drue Heinz Trust. Carnegie Museum of Art receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Carnegie Museum of Art
Carnegie Museum of Art enriches people’s lives through art. The museum is committed to global engagement and regional advancement. We champion creativity and its importance to society with experiences that welcome, inspire, challenge, and inform. Our core activities—collecting, conserving, presenting, and interpreting works of art—make those experiences possible. Our world-class collection of over 30,000 works emphasizes art, architecture, photography, and design from the 19th century to the present. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Art was founded by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1895. Learn more: call 412.622.3131 or visit cmoa.org.