Salvador Dali Opens in Philly With Surreal Food

Dali-tini’s, The Vertigo & a Six-Course Dali Dinner Welcome the Palate

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 18 /PRNewswire/ — Philadelphia will roll out a “surreal” red carpet to embrace Salvador Dali, the landmark retrospective exhibition on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from February 16 through May 15, 2005. Philadelphia’s hotels, shops, restaurants and other businesses are creating Surreal Philadelphia.

Restaurants and bars will stir special drinks such as the MELONcholy Dali served at McCormick & Schmick’s, the Dalinean Dream cocktail (think martini glass filled with citrus and vanilla vodkas, mango and raspberry puree toped with a spun sugar confection) in the Swann Lounge of the Four Seasons, The Vertigo (a hot alcoholic beverage with whipped cream) at Twenty Manning and Dali Sangria at Philadelphia Fish & Company. Restaurants will also dish up Dali-inspired menus.

Leading the way is the Museum Restaurant, housed in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The restaurant’s Chef Tracy Hopkins recently returned from Dali’s native Costa Brava in Spain with a full spectrum of Catalonian culinary concepts. Other Dali dining inspirations include the Four Seasons Fountain Restaurant’s Surreal Meal inspired by Dali’s cookbook, Bliss Restaurant’s colorful six-course Dali dinner menu and McCormick & Schmick’s “Dill E Dali,” a dish that includes crab, shrimp and brie stuffing.

Retailers will get creative too, with lavish Dali-inspired window displays. One retailer already planning her Dali vision is local fashion guru Joan Shepp, whose eponymous Walnut Street boutique is known for creative designs and chic women’s apparel. After visiting the Dali exhibition, visitors can continue to explore Philadelphia’s modern and contemporary art collections at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Barnes Foundation in Merion, home to one of the world’s leading collections of French Impressionist and post- Impressionist paintings, including works by European modernists (and Dali inspirations) Soutine, Modigliani, Picasso and Matisse.

For information about other Dali-related happenings around town, visit the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation’s (GPTMC) Web site at http://www.gophila.com/dali.

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