Art and food have long been frequent bedfellows, a sentiment that’s taking on new meaning at Terzo Piano, where a three-course prix fixe lunch menu borrows inspiration from Van Gogh’s Bedrooms. The restaurant inside the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago is surrounded by aesthetic inspiration on the regular, but as all three of Van Gogh’s famed Bedrooms exhibitions come together for the first time in North America at the Institute, it presents a unique opportunity for the restaurant to celebrate art and its symbiotic relationship with cooking.
To create the tasting menu, Terzo Piano’s chef Megan Neubeck drew inspiration from each of the three bedroom paintings and distinct locales. The first course is an ode to the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, a salmon tartare with caper berries, cress, potato gaufrette and preserved lemon. Second course pays homage to Chicago with caramelized onion soup, Revolution Brewing Co. Eugene porter, beef stock, focaccia and local Gruyere cheese. The final course celebrates French pastry as a tribute to Paris’ Musée d’Orsay with traditional palmiers.
Terzo Piano also has two special beverages on hand, a non-alcoholic housemade soda with Meyer lemon and parsley, and a cocktail called Van Gogh’s Jaded Lady, featuring North Shore Sirène Absinthe, Tru Lemon vodka, Meyer lemon-parsley simple syrup, Peychaud’s bitters, lemon and soda.
The cost for the prix fixe lunch is $25 per person, plus additional costs for drinks.