Bistro at Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College launched a new fall menu in line with its latest museum exhibitions, including Steven and William Ladd: Lead With a Laugh and Journeys to Places Known and Unknown: Moving Images by Janet Biggs and peter campus. Operated by a team of culinary experts from Constellation Culinary Group, Bistro draws inspiration from Florida’s fruit stands and farmers markets by focusing on locally sourced and seasonal ingredients. Bistro’s menu is curated by Executive Chef Kaytlin Dangaran, a Tampa native who trained at the French Culinary Institute.
The autumn menu highlights warm and comforting soups, including Wild Mushroom Soup ($11) topped with truffled Parmesan crisp and Matzoh Ball Soup ($12) with roasted chicken, thyme and celery. Garden-fresh salads include Winter Chicories ($15), a flavorful mix of roasted butternut squash, brown butter vinaigrette and toasted almonds; Artisan Lettuces ($16), featuring lemon crema, crispy maitake, smoked blue cheese and toasted hazelnuts; Waldorf Chopped Salad ($16), with shaved celery, bloomed golden raisins, red grape coins, bacon, spiced walnuts and white verjus vinaigrette; and Winter Citrus & Golden Beets ($17), combining watercress, blood orange vinaigrette, ricotta salata, avocado and pistachio.
The menu also features an assortment of fresh sandwiches served with house-made bread and butter pickles, including Griddle Cheese ($12), with fontina Mornay, sharp white cheddar, tomato jam on pullman bread; Lemon Dijonnaise Chicken Salad ($16), featuring little gem lettuce, pickled red onion on a croissant; Grilled Chicken Club Sandwich ($18), served on sourdough with house-made bacon, avocado smash and sprouts; Jambon Beurre ($16), which includes ham and Gruyère on a warm baguette; and Toasted Corned Beef Reuben ($17), with Norfolk sauce, sauerkraut and Swiss cheese on rye.
The crisp and cozy tartine selection served with freshly baked baguettes from C’est La Vie bakery includes Butternut Squash and Ricotta ($15), with truffled-maple brown butter and sage; Wild Mushroom ($16), topped with a six-minute egg, truffle and fontina Mornay; and Salmon Tartine ($17), served with dill crème, capers and heirloom tomato.
Inspired by the 1926 M. Leo Elliott neo-Gothic building and Paul Rudolph’s 1951 Modernist building, Bistro’s design pays homage to both eras and calls upon the buildings’ origins as a high school and public space to create an environment for museum-curated art experiences coupled with artfully crafted fare. Bistro offers patrons outdoor seating within the Museum Plaza, the perfect spot to enjoy a meal surrounded by interactive sculptures, including Staccato by Molly Hatch and Ernest and Ruth (Exuberant Pink) by Hank Willis Thomas.
Bistro is open daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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