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Executive Chef Ross Warhol and Dining Room Supervisor Sarah Trostle brainstorm menu items for the Athenaeum’s Praxis dinner. Photo by Adam Birkan.

‘Painted’ brings art to the dinner plate

To a chef, a plate is a canvas waiting to be bedecked with delicate, colorful works of food art. Athenaeum Hotel’s Executive Chef Ross Warhol takes that idea one step further with his third and final Praxis dinner, “Painted.”

“It’s going to be a dinner that is created with dishes from artists … van Gogh or Picasso or Chihuly. We’ll re-create their favorite meal or the most popular dish of their time and plate it in the same style that they painted or sculpted,” Warhol said.

“Painted” is a special five-course meal presented to a sold-out crowd of 50 people at 5:30 p.m. today at the Athenaeum Hotel.

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Chef Ross Warhol prepares and plates dish of steak and tomato marmalade with honey mustard pearls during the 2011 “Molecular Gastronomy” event at the Athenaeum Hotel. Warhol will use many of the same techniques in his 1884 Praxis dinner on Friday. Daily file photo.

1884 dinner showcases inventive, progressive cuisine

His hands move deftly as he pulls the twine in loops over the beef tenderloin.

It’s a practiced movement for Ross Warhol, the 24-year-old executive chef of the Athenaeum Hotel. He does it as he talks, as he samples the soup to check its progress, as he fields questions from the other six people who comprise his kitchen team.

Warhol, whose kitchen must feed several hundred tonight for dinner, takes a break to chat about an inventive dinner he has planned this week — the 1884 dinner. It’s the first in a series of three Praxis dinners. Warhol gives a few instructions on his way out, but when he steps out of the kitchen, he is attentive and talks about his dinners with gusto.

For the 1884 dinner, a five-course meal with seating from 5:30–8 p.m. Friday at the Athenaeum, he will serve reinvented dishes from an 1884 menu from the Chautauqua archives, Ida Edison’s family cookbook and recipes from the 1888 Bird, Tree & Garden Club.

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