When Quince shutters later this month for a makeover — both the space and the menu at the two-star Michelin joint will undergo changes from July 30 to August 30 — chef Michael Tusk and the gang will take part in a series of pop-ups called curATE. This intricate, stylized dinner series will transform Jackson Square’s Hedge Gallery into a dining room, care of local designer Stanlee Gatti, while paying homage to curated collections from five noted local art galleries. Tusk will prepare a tasting menu based off the works featured in each temporary exhibit.
Jeffrey Fraenkel, Fraenkel Gallery (July 30 - August 2)
Artists featured: Richard Avedon, Adam Fuss, Idris Khan, Richard Misrach, Richard Learoyd, Irving Penn, and Hiroshi Sugimoto, among others.
Menu: Kumomoto Oyster with Monterey Bay Kelp, Sour Apple and Lemon Verbena; Big Eye Tuna with Watermelon, Shiso, and Dragon’s Egg Cucumber; Santa Barbara Sea Urchin Risotto with Samphire Sea Bean and Passion Fruit; Smoked Sonoma Liberty Duck with Riso Nero, Black Garlic and Scallion; and Pluot with Sesame, Aloe, Lime and Peanut.
Anthony Meier, Anthony Meier Fine Arts (August 6 - August 9)
Artists featured: Sarah Cain, John Chamberlain, Michael DeLucia, Leonardo Drew, Tony Feher, Kate Shepherd, Tam Van Tran and Michael Wetzel. All of them have distinctive disciplines that transform the work presented into a very personal narration. The paintings and sculptures all claim their space using color, material, gesture, and technology, and it is only through the deconstructed gesture that the viewer understands the expansive alternatives of two- and three-dimensional art.
Menu: "Deconstructed" versions of the Shrimp Cocktail, Waldorf Salad, Spaghetti and Meatballs, Steak and Eggs, and Peach Melba.
Jessica Silverman, Jessica Silverman Gallery (August 13 - August 16)
Artists featured: Amikam Toren, Christopher Badger, Hugh Scott-Douglas, Luke Butler, Ruairiadh O’Connell, Sean Raspet, Shannon Finley, and Tammy Rae Carland.
Menu: Quince’s “White” Menu will feature the following: White Gazpacho with Spot Prawn, Almond and Cucumber; White Peach Salad with Buttermilk, Fennel and Tarragon; Acquerello Carnaroli Risotto Bianco with Chanterelle Mushroom, Extra Vecchio Balsamico, Vacca Rossa Parmigiano Reggiano; Dover Sole with Fumet Blanc and Dirty Girl Farm Cauliflower; and Vacherin with Yogurt, White Raspberry, Basil and Coconut.
John Berggruen, John Berggruen Gallery (August 20 - August 23)
Artists featured: Robert Bechtle, Christopher Brown, Michael Gregory, and Tom McKinley, as well as highlights from Damien Hirst, Richard Serra, and Joel Shapiro.
Menu: Riverdog Farm Tri Colore Tomato Soup with Cucumber, Torpedo Onion, and Lemon Basil; Peter Martinelli’s Summer Harvest with Zucchini and their Blossoms, Jimmy Nardello Pepper and Eggplant; Acquerello Carnaroli Risotto with Mariquita Farm Beets, Gorgonzola and Nasturtium; Monkfish with Tierra Farm Shelling Beans, Broccoli Di Ciccio and Nepitella; and Frog Hollow Cal Red Peach with Elderflower and Fromage Blanc.
Iwona Tenzing, Tenzing Asian Arts (August 27 - August 30)
Art featured: Rare Buddhist sculpture and artwork from the 13th through 17th Centuries
Menu: Himalayan Salt Cured Halibut with Green Zebra Tomato and Fino Verde Basil; Summer Vegetable Salad with Puffed Barley, Achar and Green Chile; Carrot Bisque with Madras Curry, Yogurt and Tibetan Flat Bread; Za’atar Spiced Lamb with Fairytail Eggplant, Pine Nut and Blistered Peppers; and Koshikari Rice with Ginger, Lime Leaf and Passion Fruit.
CurATE will be open four nights a week, Wednesday through Saturday, July 30-August 30. There will be individual tables for up to ten guests, as well as a communal table (perfect for singles!). Opt for just the gallery reception, featuring wine and canapés for $50, or, better yet, sit down at the five-course tasting-menu dinner for $199. (Optional wine pairings run $110 per person.)
Ticket information and more details can be found here.