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With a new exhibition at Milwaukee Art Museum comes an inspired new menu at Cafe Calatrava.
With a new exhibition at Milwaukee Art Museum comes an inspired new menu at Cafe Calatrava.

Stefanko paints a new menu inspired by Rembrandt

For the sixth straight year, October is Dining Month on OnMilwaukee.com, presented by Concordia University. All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, delectable features, chef profiles and unique articles on everything food, as well as the winners of our "Best of Dining 2012."

Last week, Milwaukee Art Museum opened "Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House, London." At the same time, the museum's Cafe Calatrava launched a new menu inspired by the show, which runs through Jan. 13.

"Creating a menu to accompany the masterworks of the Kenwood exhibition has been especially exhilarating, and not just because the works were donated by the Guinness family, whose beer has been the gold standard of stouts since it was first brewed," quipped Chef Josh Stefanko in a statement.

"My imagination bustled while contemplating the cooks and servants who must have kept up the kitchens of the neoclassical Kenwood House during its heyday in Europe's Belle Epoque."

Looking at English cuisine and the food of India – inspired by the Colonial Age connection – Stefanko's menu features dishes like the Ploughman's Lunch (with ham, English cheddar, pickles, apples, pickled onions, mixed greens and crusty bread), a wild boar and sage bangers and mash, fish and chips, pasties and and English cheddar and caramelized onion sandwich, alongside samosa starters and a roasted curried vegetable and paneer batard.

On my mind for the next visit? The dilled salmon rilletes, that boar bangers and mash and some steamed mussels.

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