'Molecular' meal planned as arts fundraiser in Lanesboro

A "Modern Molecular" dining experience, called the Art of Cuisine, will be held Saturday at the Old Village Hall Restaurant and Pub in Lanesboro.

The event, a partnership between the Lanesboro Arts Center and Old Village Hall, benefits the arts center's year-round arts programming. It starts with a social hour at 6 p.m.

It features a four-course menu arranged by theme. The courses:

— "Reaction": A tuna ceviche on organic greens with a chili avocado puree and black bean corn salsa; this course is paired with a lime tomato tequila cocktail.

— "Raw" plate: A crisp salad spring roll with reduced soy sauce and sweet chili garlic sauce, served with a wine from Nashik, India: the Sula Chenin Blanc.


— "Sous-Vide" (a French term for cooking 'under vacuum'): A choice beef tenderloin, with a braised mushroom demi-glace and confit of root vegetables, served with a Cline Los Carneros Syrah 2006.

— "Deconstruction": Chocolate rice crisps served with Kahlua-infused cream and coffee.

Dishes are being prepared by chefs James Sisler and Jon Pieper, who are donating their time and expertise, along with sous-chef Berta Aug and servers Nick Gudmundson, Melissa Gudmundson and Regan Howerton.

Tickets are $65 per person, with advance reservation required as soon as possible to the Lanesboro Arts Center, 507-467-2446. The art center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

The event will also feature a sealed-bid art auction for items including paintings, ceramics, furniture, jewelry and a two-night stay in the Art Lofts.

More event information is online at Email

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