The madrigal is a musical form invented in the Italian renaissance. Several voices sing poetry in polyphony and counterpoint. Each stanza is composed individually to express the particular emotions of the lines of verse. The singers can improvise subtly, as their interpretation of the verse changes.
The courses in this menu series are inspired by diverse food traditions from many lands--in a setting full of art, books, and music--and every meal will be slightly different according to Cristina’s interpretation. Carefully arranged from appetizer to dessert, the styles speak to each other in a delightful polyphony of the table.
Refreshing beverages will be served throughout the meal followed by ME Swings coffee and organic tea after dinner. Bring a bottle of wine if you'd like to share it with your fellow diners.
Puerto Rico and Japan
Crispy green plantain fritters with yuzu citrus garlic mayonnaise
(Yuzu is an intensely aromatic, bright, rich citrus fruit grown primarily on the Japanese island of Shikoku)
No Place in Particular
This salad is so satisfying for its substance and flavor: Arugula, cucumbers, oven-dried tomatoes Tahini-yuzu dressing Candied almonds
England and France
Morel Mushroom Yorkshire Pudding
Pan fried morel mushrooms on top of golden, puffy, steaming Yorkshire pudding and butter-poached red onion. Bathed with morel jus.
Peru and Kenya
Kenyan Coffee Alfajores
Crumbly sandwich cookies filled with Kenyan-coffee-infused dulce de leche