The holidays were over, but at KCAC we still had some celebrating to do. On Thursday, January 2, KCAC patrons Nancy and Bryan Beaver hosted an elegant dinner in the Kansas City International Residency at the Artists Coalition.
By day, the space is a communal art studio shared by visiting international artists. But this night, the studio had been transformed into a beautiful wonderland with tablecloths, fresh flowers, candles and extraordinary miniature sculptures created by Tom Corbin. The lovely environment was just the beginning.
First, there was the chef: Dinner was created and served by James Beard award-winning chef Michael Smith and his beautiful wife, Nancy, who also selected the wine pairings.
Second, there was the artist: The evening was enhanced by an art salon conversation with Tom Corbin, one of Kansas City’s most talented and successful artists. Tom was the perfect artist to join the party since, for over 20 years, the KCAC International Residency had been his studio and gallery.
Take a look at the extraordinary menu – one delicious course followed by another:
The evening started with a tour of KCAC’s residency and gallery and included passed hors d’oeuvres of foie gras crostini and prosciutto wrapped salsify. The first course was an eye and taste bud appealing main lobster and king crab salad.
The second course was a hand-folded pasta dish, a delicate and flavorful crescenza cheese-filled crespelle with shaved black truffles. Then came diver-caught scallops the size of a child’s fist.
The last two hearty courses included a smoked and grilled beef tenderloin dish, followed by a warm dark chocolate-pecan tart with salted caramel sauce and homemade bourbon ice cream.
Who was there? Well, of course, the evening was hosted by Nancy and Bryan Beaver with Michael and Nancy Beaver plus Tom and Susie Corbin. Guests included Nancy and Rich Duval, Kerry and Sam Oliver, as well Vicki and Mike Messbarger.
Between courses, Tom Corbin talked about his career as a sculptor and painter. His path from cardboard box salesman to artist extraordinaire fascinated all the guests.
It was a wonderful night which proved the point that there’s creativity in both food and art!