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Presenting the 2017 “Art Menu”at Topolobampo

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That Misunderstanding Smoky tomato cocktail with mezcal. Tender octopus, king crab, shrimp, cucumber
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Surprise Package Tortilla pillow, spring vegetables, roasted poblano-ramp crema, farm egg
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Bliss of the Inner Fire Slow-cooked Atlantic tilefish, salsa macha (pasilla chile, pine nuts, Baja olive oil, Szechuan peppercorn) caramelized onion with black pepper, local morel mushrooms
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Unimagined Memories Braised short rib, time-honored red chile sauce, potato (sweet, white). Enchilada or creamy rice, depending on your upbringing
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The Odyssey Squab three ways, Oaxacan black mole, seared foie gras. (Beans, nettles, plantains, almonds.)
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Unexpected Prizes Ice cream, chocolate, spiced chocolate peanut butter cream
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Starburst Pistachio, guava, lemon, chocolate, cherry, kafir lime, prickly pear. And whipped cream on top of the tart

I think we can all agree: Food can make us feel good. It can make us feel comforted, too. Or nostalgic. Or giddy with pleasure and desire. Or even a little uncertain. Sometimes I feel surprised, even shocked, by what I taste. Art can evoke feelings, too, of course, whether it’s in the form of a novel, a movie, a song or a painting.

Tonight, I and the Topolo chefs invite you to taste the dishes we’ve created to evoke familiar feelings — betrayal, anticipation, euphoria, triumph, wonder, exuberance. Then reflect on paintings and lithographs we’ve chosen from our highly lauded collection of Mexican masters. We think you’ll be pleased with the resonance.

Presenting the Topolo Art Menu 2016

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TIERRAS (Detail) Rolando Rojas (b. 1970)
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EXUBERANCE Wild Salmon, Veracruz Tsunami Alaskan king salmon, sea urchin, roiling flavors of Veracruz (tomatoes, jalapeños, capers, olive oil, herbs)
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BICICLETAS Y CONSTELACIONES Enrique Flores (b. 1954)
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DESIRE Ostiones Cachondos Poached oysters (pasilla chile, truffle, black garlic), crema, creamy foie gras, paddlefish caviar, truffle slices
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UNTITLED Rodolfo Morales (1925-2001)
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UNCERTAINTY Carnes Apache Tartares (ribeye cap, yellowfin tuna), east-west spice, citrus, nutty sesame salsa macha, kohlrabi crunch
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UNTITLED (Detail) Filemón Santiago (b. 1958)
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SERENITY Pastured Chicken, Squash Blossom Porridge Slow-cooked Gunthorp chicken, slow-cooked rice porridge infused with squash blossoms, crema & rich chicken stock, crispy chicken crumble, roasted serrano "salsa"

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IGUANA IS EATEN IN THIS HOUSE (Detail) Román Andrade Llaguno (b. 1959)
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NOSTALGIA Am I in a 1960s French Restaurant? Braised Creekstone short rib, woodland mushroom bread pudding, creamy wild greens, white sweet potato, mole de olla (rich beef broth infused with guajillo chile & aromatics)
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EL CRITO (DETAIL) Rufino Tamayo (1899-1991)

I think we can all agree: Food can make us feel good. It can make us feel comforted, too. Or nostalgic. Or giddy with pleasure and desire. Or even a little uncertain. Sometimes I feel surprised, even shocked, by what I taste. Art can evoke feelings, too, of course, whether it’s in the form of a novel, a movie, a song or a painting.

I and the Topolo chefs invite you to taste the dishes we’ve created to evoke familiar feelings — exuberance, desire, uncertainty, serenity, nostalgia, betrayal, joy. Then reflect on paintings and lithographs we’ve chosen from our highly lauded collection of Mexican masters. We think you’ll be pleased with the resonance.

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