Hunger artists
The MCA goes gourmet
The Museum of Contemporary Art is bringing artichokes into its galleries, but there's no reason to fuss about the death of artistic standards. Beginning October 15, the MCA launches the "Gallery Gourmet" program, a string of Wednesday night art lectures followed by four-course meals with four-star aspirations.

The menus connect, if only tenuously, to the lecture topic. On opening night, for example, a lecture on the films of Andy Warhol is followed by the "Warhol Contemporary/Retro Dinner." Instead of Campbell's soup and bananas, diners get an appetizer of rumaki (artichokes wrapped in prosciutto and glazed with grappa), the ever-Warholian tuna-noodle casserole, and a lemon meringue pie. It sounds good, though, as it should at $75 a person.

On November 12, in conjunction with the opening night of The Wooster Group experimental theatre ensemble, the MCA wheels out the "Progressive Vegetarian" menu. The flesh-prejudiced should take note, as this represents the sole all-vegetarian option. Starting with a fall squash soup, herbivores can then get medieval on a phyllo pouch filled with artichokes, goat cheese, roasted red peppers and leeks, which in turn give way to rice paper wraps (i.e. spring rolls) packed with eastern vegetables. And since even vegetarians like dessert, a black cherry ice-cream sandwich concludes the culinary orgy.

"Gallery Gourmet" dinners are Wednesdays, October 15-November 19, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 East Chicago Avenue. Call 312.397.3858 for reservations and complete menus. (Dave Chamberlain)


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