The Art of / at Alana’s
Posted by cmh gourmand on October 27, 2009
When asked why Alana’s is one of my favorite dining destinations I have sometimes struggled to articulate the intangibles that add to the mojo of the space. I opine that the art at Alana’s creates a sense of comfort and connection to the house of cuisine. Some people are can be put off by perceived high brow culture that can come with high quality cuisine. At Alana’s the art selection pairs well with the menu creations to give a sense of style and reflect the philosophy of the place. The food is local so is the art.
I have written about the art at Alana’s before, a majority of it crafted by Paul Volker. His simple style adds an element of ease to the fine dining experience. Much of the art is food themed with a pinch of humor and/or a dash of whimsical.
I was inspired to add artwork to my order so I bought some art to go after my meal (most of the works on the wall can be purchased at Alana’s). There is no surprise that my choices reflect my avocation. While any restaurant sends a message with a menu, the whole is greater that the sum of the parts. This applies to cooking as well – it is not individual ingredients that take something from good to great, it is the mix and ratios of all of the flavors. Such is the case for a great restaurant, food, service, ambiance and so many little things add to the experience. At Alana’s I add in art as that extra ingredient that adds to my meal and the mojo.
A few of my selections are below.
For a serving of art and artisan cooking:
2333 N High St
North Campus / SoHud