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Bearden Exhibition Inspires Weekend Jazz Brunch at National Gallery's Terrace Café, Now through January 4, 2004

Weekend Jazz Brunch at National Gallery's Terrace Café,
Southern Cuisine at Cascade Café,

September 14, 2003 - January 4, 2004

Washington, DC—Since the opening of The Art of Romare Bearden at the National Gallery of Art on September 14, weekend visitors have enjoyed the sounds of live jazz while dining on southern-inspired cuisine in the East Building Terrace Café.

Many of the approximately 130 works in the exhibition evoke the music that was part of Bearden's world, which extended from rural North Carolina to the jazz clubs of Harlem. These works range from the Of the Blues series, including Of the Blues: Carolina Shout (1974) and Of the Blues: At the Savoy (1974), to album covers such as Thank You…For F.U.M.L. (Funking Up My Life), loaned by Donald Byrd (1978), and J Mood (c.1985), loaned by Wynton Marsalis.
Terrace Café

Restaurant Associates' executive chef Albert Lukas based some of his creations for the buffet on recipes from the cookbook What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking (Applewood Books, 1995). Believed to be the first cookbook by an African American and maybe the only one by an ex-slave, it was first published in 1881 in San Francisco by Mrs. Abby Fisher, a caterer to the city's elite.

The exhibition is made possible with generous support from AT&T.

The exhibition is sponsored in part by Chevy Chase Bank.

From September 14 through January 4, two National Gallery of Art restaurants will offer special menus and performances in celebration of The Art of Romare Bearden:

Terrace Café - Weekend Jazz Brunch

A buffet-style brunch influenced by the Harlem Renaissance.

Scrambled Eggs with Chives
Orange-Flavored French Toast
Salmon Cakes with Tartar Sauce
Apricot Glazed Roast Ham
Applewood Smoked Bacon
Stewed Plum Tomatoes
Scalloped Potatoes and Caramelized Sweet Onions
Braised Greens
Chicken Salad with Hearts of Celery, Walnuts, and Grapes in a Tarragon Dressing
Mixed Field Greens with Buttermilk Dressing
Biscuits, Sweet Breads, Assorted Rolls
Seasonal Selection of Jams, Jellies, and Apple Butter
Triple Chocalate Cake
Sweet Potato Pecan Pie
Marinated Citrus Fruit Salad
Bread and Butter Pudding

$19.95 per person
$8.95 for children 10 and under

Location: East Building Mezzanine overlooking the atrium and National Mall

Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 11:00 am-3:00 pm, September 14-January 4


Dec 7- Jerry Gordon

Dec 13- Thad Wilson

Dec 14- Geoff Reecer

Dec 20- Joshua Bayer

Dec 21- Geoff Reecer

Dec 27- Chris Cuzme

Dec 28- Chris Cuzme

Jan 3- Jerry Gordon

Jan 4- Thad Wilson

Cascade Café - Southern Regional Cuisine

A rotating selection of southern regional cuisines, in addition to regular menu.

East Building Concourse, with a view of the waterfall

Monday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.; Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00

General Information

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National Gallery of Art
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Landover, MD 20785
phone: (202) 842-6353
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