American Art Lecture Lunches

In October 2015 the DCA hosted Four Art Lectures focusing on the new Whitney Museum. The committee and I thought it might be fun to theme the food and offer regional American dishes.  

American Art Lecture Lunches Menus

Menu for October 8th

For the first lunch we stay local and offer the classic New York Waldorf Salad and Italian pasta.  As we move down the coast and through New England we serve a clambake and cod, a traditional Thanksgiving platter and finish with a Boston Cream Pie.

New England and the North East

Waldorf Salad

Italian Sausage and Roasted Vegetables

With Pasta in a Tomato Sauce

New England Clam Bake

Cod with Lentils

Thanksgiving Dinner

New England Cheeses and Ham

Lobster Rolls

Boston Cream Pie

American Flag Cheesecake

Cranberry Upside Down Cake

Apple Pie


Menu for October 15th

The Mid West is often thought of as the heartland of the USA.  Food is substantial and hearty and full of love and comfort.  This week sees chicken pie and meatloaf, whipped potatoes and a wonderful spinach soufflé. 

The Mid West

Chicken Pot Pie

with Cranberry Compote

Meatloaf with Whipped Potatoes

and Raisin Chutney

Maple Syrup Baked Ham


Quinoa with Roasted Butternut Squash

Green Beans and Roasted Corn Salad

Spinach Souffle

Zucchini Tart

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Apple and Berry Crisp

Strawberry Shortcake

Menu For October 22nd

 This week we travel to New Orleans and the South.  Much of this cuisine originates in Spain and France, paella with a change of spice from saffron to cajun and a move from the french mirepoix of onions, carrots and celery to the Holy Trinity of onion, celery and green peppers. We sample cajun style shrimp and chicken and spice up our coleslaw with cayenne pepper and cumin.

I will confess to never having eaton grits but felt they had to be included in this weeks menu.  I have added citrus from Florida, my own version of the famous Derby pie and am offering what might be the best dessert in the world.  Based on a dessert from Muriel’s in New Orleans a fabulous decadent white chocolate bread pudding with a wicked bourbon sauce.

New Orleans and The South

Chicken Jumbalaya

Shrimp Gumbo

Pulled Pork Sliders

Texas Style Ribs

Texas Style Coleslaw

Cheesy Grits Casserole

Salad with Oranges and Fennel


Key Lime Pie

Kentucky Derby Pie

White Chocolate Bread Pudding with Bourbon Caramel Sauce

Menu for October 28th

 California and the West Coast

For our final week we are heading to the West Coast, from Alaska to Hawaii:  fruit, vegetables and healthy options, ah, but also the land of McDonalds, In and Out Burgers, Taco Bell and California Pizza.  So I offer an homage to the the West, where fusion is a way of life, and wish you sweet sensations! 

 California and the West Coast

 Super Secret Menu

Cobb Salad
 Fish Tacos
 Miso Salmon on a bed of Wasabi Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Balsamic Brussel Sprouts
 Grass Fed Sliders with Super Secret Fries
 Hawaiian  Chicken and Pineapple
Mozzarella, Pear, Prosciutto and Arugula
 Fresh Strawberries and Raspberries
 Plum and Apple Crumble
 Lemon Bars
 Expresso Brownies
(* Baked Alaska!)