|All photos by Nicole Rupersburg.|
The newly-renovated Cultural Living Room inside the Kresge Court at the Detroit Institute of Arts opens to the public this morning at 10 a.m. Food media members were invited to a sneak peek of the new cafe concept and menu on Thursday, when we also got a first look at Patrick Thompson's stunning modern-meets-traditional design. This project was funded through a grant from ArtSpace.
For more detail about the concept and design, check out this story I wrote this week for Model D.
The space is meant to be a cultural hangout - a place to hold meetings, read a book, study, or do some work. All seats have access to an electrical outlet and there is free WiFi. There is also a cafe that serves a nice selection of sandwiches, salads, and small plates. Exquisitely-sourced seasonal items include micro greens and other beautiful produce from the Chef's Garden in Huron, OH (used by chefs all over the Midwest), organic hormone-free chicken, a variety of charcuterie and farmstead cheeses, and house-made desserts. There are also several vegetarian and vegan selections available. They will serve coffee and teas from Starbucks as well as a selection of local beer and wine and will have happy hour on Fridays. Food and beverage service is provided by Sodexo.
But, a picture is worth a thousand words so I will spare you further lengthy descriptions and instead give you this first look inside!
|Assorted vegetables from the Chef's Garden.|
|'Wich Came First? Herb pulled chicken salad, free range egg, shredded kale, tomato, tarragon mayonnaise.|
|Artichoke, radish, black olive aioli, flatbread. Part of the Tasty Triptych selection.|
|Italian pudding - bittersweet chocolate and olive oil custard with caramelized pine nuts and sea salt.|
For more photos of this stunning space, check out the Flickr set here.