John Rivera Sedlar, Latin American master chef and the man behind Eloisa Restaurant in Santa Fe, N.M., is mashing up his professional abilities with his enjoyment of art. Sedlar has launched a new tasting menu at Eloisa, dubbed "O'Keeffe's Table," to celebrate the art of Georgia O'Keeffe. Sedlar's great aunt Jeronima Newsom was O'Keeffe's personal chef, according to a release, and Sedlar spent time in the artist's home as a child.
"She was always avant-garde," Sedlar said. "In the 1940s she was making yogurt at home, growing vegetables, and very interested in nutrition long before these things were fashionable."
Among the artistically inspired dishes are "Blue Poppies" (blue potato crisps and trout caviar, "Black Mesa" (seared venison loin with high-desert ratatouille, and "Ghost Ranch" (fresh pueblo peaches and bush raspberries served with honey and cream). Sedlar collaborated with New Mexico artist Larry Swan to create ceramic serving trays and glass- and cow skull-designed platters for serving. Below, see images of Sedlar's creations.