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Art of Cuban food at Fort Lauderdale museum

Staff writer

 

The work of nine Cuban exile artists is front and center in a new show opening Saturday at the NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale.

 

Along with art, however, the museum is for the first time making changes in its café menu for the duration of the show. Joining the tuna sandwiches and Caesar salads will be classic Cuban sandwiches, guava and cheese pasteles, flan and fresh brewed cortadito and café con leche.

 

Bonnie Clearwater, director and chief curator, says it’s one more way the museum can provide background to what guests are seeing in its galleries.

 

“It creates a kind of context for the artists and their lives,” she says. “Performance, lectures, dance, literature and film enhance the experience of the exhibition.”

 

Until Sept. 21, when “The Miami Generation: Revisited” closes, pastries will be supplied by a Cuban-American-owned bakery, while sandwiches and coffee will be made in-house.

 

“We’re actually doing a tasting with a select group to make sure we’re doing it right,” says Clearwater, who believes this is the first time the café has crafted a menu to match an exhibit.

 

“We want to make the café a destination on its own,” she says.

 

An upcoming show featuring the work of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera will see Mexican food at the café. Clearwater hopes to see gravlax and other Scandinavian fare at the café during a 2015 show of abstract work by Danish artists during World War II.

 

The café at NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale (1 E. Las Olas Blvd., 954-525-5500, moafl.org) serves lunch 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Pastries, coffee, beer and wine are available during museum hours.

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