You may have read the article, Eat Art, Drink Food, Admire Wine written by Chef Tiyan Alile. Fine dining in the city of Lagos is taking on a new meaning and the invited guests to Friday evening’s BusinessDay Wine Club event had a taste. A cozy group wined and dined at Tarragon restaurant in company of striking artwork supplied by artists from MyUsanii.com.
There was a three course meal specially plated for guests to experience. The Yam and potato balls accompanied by mackerel can best be described as a sweet and lovely start to the evening. Orange sous vide duck was the star of the second course. Warm and accommodating in the mouth, the carrot cumin puree was the perfect sauce for this dish. Ending the three course meal was guaranteed to be on a sweet note. Guests found a relaxing dessert in the almond cup Sauvignon Blanc ice cream with a hibiscus reduction.
The Brian Munro beverage company supplied the perfect wine pairings. All the way from the French region of Bordeaux came the crispy and fresh 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Boschendal Estate. Often paired with seafood, it was an accurate accompaniment to the smoked mackerel of the first course. Then there was the 2012 Saint-Emillion, Thomas Barton. A dry, red wine with herbal notes, it complemented the second course of duck and grilled potatoes.
As well-crafted wine and delicious food in fine dining portions mixed freely together, the atmosphere was set for art to be eaten. MyUsanii.com founder Keturah Ovio was on hand to speak about the relevance of art. Guests were treated to a detailed tour of the artworks on display. There was Dimeji Alabi’s “Life is Beautiful” and Dudu Emmanuel’s “Arranged Marriage” among other works adorning the walls of the intimate Tarragon Restaurant. Dimeji spoke about his creative process and inspiration as a painter.
Amidst soothing music and light banter, the BusinessDay Wine Club Event delivered a memorable mélange of food, wine, and art.