The GOODS from Market by Jean-Georges
Vancouver, BC | Vancouver’s arts enthusiasts are in for a treat at the Vancouver Art Gallery, as it introduces Picasso: The Artist and His Muses, from 11 June to 2 October 2016. As the hotel partner for this milestone exhibition, Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver is celebrating Picasso’s bold innovations, and similar to the exhibition, looking beyond the artist to the six women who influenced his life and art. The hotel is presenting a series of inspired dinner tasting menus at Market by Jean-Georges, titled The Muses Dinner, and is introducing a new accommodation package for travellers looking to explore Vancouver’s vibrant arts scene.
Guests are invited to take a journey through the lives and personalities of six women, Fernande Olivier, Olga Khokhlova, Marie-Thérèse Walter, Dora Maar, Françoise Gilot and Jacqueline Roque, who were all major figures in Picasso’s personal life and strongly influenced the development of his art.
Beginning with one of Picasso’s great loves, the first tasting menu in The Muses Dinner series is influenced by Fernande Olivier. Olivier was the only muse associated with two major artistic developments in Picasso’s work: the soft depictions of the Rose Period and the comparatively harsher and more innovative Cubism. Standout dishes on this tasting menu are the Foie Gras Terrine with Preserved Hibiscus Flower. Louis the XIII Cognac is used to luxuriously cure the Rougié foie gras for seven days, which is complemented with preserved hibiscus flowers and cubed brioche croutons. Other dishes include a Pan-Seared Halibut, Confit Fennel and Leeks, with Saffron and Absinthe Beurre Blanc. Absinthe is famously known as being Picasso’s drink of choice.
The Muses Dinner series will run throughout the course of the exhibition, with each menu focusing on the muse and her influence on that period of Picasso’s work:
11 June to 29 June | Fernande Olivier | From the Rose Period to Cubism
30 June to 20 July | Olga Khokhlova | Neoclassisicm and Maternité
21 July to 10 August | Marie-Thérèse Walter | A Surrealist Affair
11 August to 31 August | Dora Maar | Love and War
1 September to 21 September | Françoise Gilot | Woman-Flower
22 September to 2 October | Jacqueline Roque | From Villa Californie to Mougins
The Muses Dinner will be available daily from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., for CAD $110 per person. For those that wish to visit the exhibition first-hand, guests can choose to add on an express-entry ticket to Picasso: The Artist and His Muses, with a dinner package for CAD $128 per person. For reservations, guests can call Market by Jean-Georges at 604 695-1115, or book online.
For those looking to spend the night in Vancouver, Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver is also introducing a hotel package, Cultural Vancouver, which offers overnight accommodation in spacious, contemporary guest rooms and suites, complimentary valet parking, two express-entry tickets to Picasso: The Artist and His Muses exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery, plus 15 per cent savings at the Gallery Store.
The Cultural Vancouver package is available from 1 June 2016. Prices start at CAD $395 per person (offer is valid for two persons minimum). For more information and to reserve, call (604) 689-1120, or book online by clicking ‘Room Reservations’ at www.shangri-la.com/vancouver.
About MARKET by Jean-Georges
Experience an internationally renowned chef’s cuisine at Vancouver’ MARKET by Jean-Georges
Located on the third floor of the luxurious Shangri-La Hotel, MARKET by Jean-Georges shines as a fine example of approachable upscale dining in a contemporary and elegant setting.
MARKET epitomizes Vancouver’s thriving restaurant scene with a menu fashioned by internationally acclaimed three-star Michelin chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. His finely tuned dishes are rooted in classic French cooking, with a focus on international flavours inspired by his time spent travelling through Asia. The culinary team in Vancouver is committed to working with local producers to deliver a top notch product that honours the restaurant’s namesake, and gives local Vancouver residents and visitors a truly world class experience.
“MARKET offers the quality one expects of a fine dining establishment, but on a more approachable level,” says restaurant manager Brittany Anderson, who oversees MARKET’s four modern yet distinctly unique spaces: an elegant dining room, modern bar, seasonal terrace and three private dining spaces. “Guests also have the luxury of choice; whether it’s the two or three-course Express Lunch that rotates weekly, the five-course Rooted in Nature dinner tasting menu that’s created monthly, or the seasonal à la carte menu, there’s a variety of options to suit our guests’ needs, from business lunches to special occasions.”
And to complement any course, MARKET’s spectacular wine collection has been carefully composed of the finest of B.C. grapes, as well as some of the world’s foremost labels.
THE VANCOUVER SUN – Mia Stainsby | It’s been too long since I’ve visited New York… So it was really nice of New York to come and visit me. Market at Shangri-La in Vancouver borrowed chef Anthony Ricco from New York’s Spice Market to bring some of his food here. Both restaurants are operated by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, whose name is spoken in reverential tones even in that jaded city.
We shared four à la carte dishes, plus a dessert. Shaved tuna with chili tapioca, Asian pear and lime ($14) was, if I may speak in rhyme, sublime: Petals of sashimi-grade tuna and a quenelle of tuna broth sorbet were served over a coconut kaffir lime broth. Vietnamese chicken curry ($22) featured half a chicken chopped into eight pieces in a beautiful coconut curry broth; fresh cut herbs
rained down upon it…
Ricco says he was impressed by the passionate, hard-working crew at Market. By his reckoning, this generation of New York chefs are getting a little too soft.
In Vancouver, Market impressed me once again, with casual but impeccable service. Case in point: a server saw us switching dishes and swooped in with the proper cutlery for each of us. The congenial professionalism is just right.