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Mar 10, 2007 02:24 PM

Art & Dining Ideas?

Today, home in New England, I took a stroll via the Internet to view favorite masterpieces in Florence, Rome and Spain. Obviously, pixels are a far cry from up close and in person, and I can't schedule a European trip right now, but I can plan something fun, and, of course, include food. So I'm planning an afternoon to view one particular work of art in New England, followed by a complimentary dinner. I'd like to view Caravaggio's "The Ecstasy of St. Francis" at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford. Since I've chosen an Italian artist, the restaurant I've decided on is Carbone's. That was fun, so here's another: Hoppers' Rooms by The Sea at Yale University Art Gallery. Okay, this has me thinking of water and seafood, so the complimentary dinner choice on the way home could be Mill on The River in South Windsor, CT. It's not a seafood restaurant, per se, but the location is lovely and the menu includes seafood. Chowhounders, do you have any "art & dining" ideas?

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  1. Zurbaran's St. Serapion at the Wadsworth and Costa del Sol on Wethersfield Avenue in Hartford.

    1. I am assuming you mean "complementary" as opposed to a free dinner ("complimentary")? View the Japanese collection at the MFA in Boston and have sushi at Oiishi.

      1. This reminds me of a party that I helped to organize several (many?) years ago in NY, called the DaDa Ball, held at Webster Hall, which happens to be where the first Dada Ball was held in the early 20th century (?). We paired restaurants who had volunteered food with artists who had volunteered time and creativity... each pairing came up with a food (dessert only) and a method of serving... ice cream out of a toilet (brand new) covered with little statues, cakes that were pulled out of little papier mache pods, mosiacs made out of petit fours.... etc... it was a fantastic idea, worked great and a great party. I have always wanted to do a repeat.

        1. How about a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Zimmerman house (Manchester, NH)

          Followed by a 50's style feed at the fabulous Red Arrow Diner

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          1. re: Rabbit

            Does dinner at Passage to India after visiting the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem MA count? Maybe we should have had Chinese instead?

            1. re: Rabbit

              Great pairing--though Lucille and Zimmy's contemporaries seem to favor the Puritan Back Room. They tell me that when the house was built, they were afraid it would bring down property values!

              1. re: Rabbit

                Rabbit - thanks so much for the info on FLW - I had no idea that he had done a place in Manchester, how could I have missed that!!

                To keep this Chowhound - where in the area do you recommemd dining, besides your already recommended Red Arrow?

                1. re: hummingbird

                  Yeah, Red Arrow was a cheeky response (although the Red Arrow is great!).

                  Cotton is my favourite Manchester restaurant, and it does bill itself as "American," so perhaps the theme isn't totally lost.

                  (Do note that the FLW house doesn't open until end-of-March)

                  1. re: Rabbit

                    I second Cotton, love this place!!

                  2. re: hummingbird

                    Frank Lloyd Wright didn't do a place in Manchester. He did two! There's a Usonian house that is, believe it or not, on the same street as the Zimmerman house. I believe that other house is still a private residence. (I'll ask my mother; she conducts some of the tours at the Zimmerman house.) And I concur with those who say that the Red Arrow is an ideal complement.

                    1. re: Lee Gordon

                      It's the Kalil House and it's for sale for $2 million. FLW was a great admirer of Japanese culture--it is reflected in his architecture. How about A Thousand Crane for sushi on Elm Street?

                2. Here is a restaurant owned and operated by a chef/artist... My favorite in Burlington, VT.



                  I've attached a photo of a painting the chef did- thay attached it to an email promoting an upcoming wine paired dinner.