On today’s episode of THE FOOD SEEN, we join Galen Zamarra, chef/owner of West Village stalwart, Mas Farmhouse. Most recently Galen opened, Almanac, which allures dinners with “imaginative preparations that accentuate the nuances of each growing cycle”, well, that and all the art on the walls, transforming the restaurant into a gallery space any art collector would swoon over. Galen’s art collection began at 24 years old, while chef de cuisine at Bouley Bakery. There, he laid eyes on an Al Hansen artwork, comprised of Hersey wrappers made to look female form, much in the style of Matisse’s cutouts. Now, he constructs his menu in the same abstract impressionist ways of painters like Lee Krasner, with modern pop influences by artists like Donald Robertson. This program was brought to you by Visit Napa Valley.
“I want people to get away from this relationship to food where everything is exactly the same and available all the time.” [23:00]
–Galen Zamarra on The Food Seen