NEW ORLEANS, LA – Celebrating the cultural infusions that have informed the distinct flavor of New Orleans for 300 years, the creative palates behind Compère Lapin – Chef Nina Compton and bar maven Abigail Gullo – have stepped out of the kitchen and away from the bar to curate The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery and Where Y’Art’s latest collaborative exhibition in the Warehouse District hotel. Opening Thursday, April 12th from 6-9 PM, Art of Flavor: Part One will explore the distinct flavor of New Orleans in the abstract sense, dishing Compton and Gullos’ interpretations of the Crescent City this time not by menu, but by its artists.
Opening her first masterpiece in the Warehouse District in June 2015, Chef Nina Compton’s flagship restaurant, Compère Lapin, is itself a work of art housed inside The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery – one that continues to flourish with the native culinary traditions of St. Lucia and indigenous ingredients of the Gulf as its muse. Buoyed by the libations of Head Bartender Abigail Gullo, whose strikingly original cocktails read like poetry and attest to New Orleans’ lore as the birthplace of the cocktail, the creations of both Compton and Gullo celebrate one of New Orleans’ finest art forms – flavor.
Just as the culinary traditions of New Orleans have drawn influence from a melting pot of European, African, West Indian cultures, Art of Flavor: Part One depicts New Orleans through the works of Brandy Dufrene, Callie Joseph, Cheryl Anne Grace, Connie Kittok, David Jennings, Drew Cooke, Ellen Macomber, Ember Soberman, Emma Fick, Erika Goldring, Francis Wong, Kevin Elder, Marcus Akinlana, Mary Singleton, Meghan Methe, Muffin Bernstein, Nancy Wolfe Kimberly, Sean Clark, Sean Randall, Tama Distler, Tim Rowland, Teri and Chad Ridgeway, and Vincente Weber. Together, the collection of works selected for Art of Flavor: Part One, speak to the diversity that defines the creative essence of New Orleans, one that can be experienced at a table, over drinks or on a gallery wall.
Art of Flavor: Part One will open with a launch party on Thursday, April 12th from 6:00-9:00 p.m. with libations by Compère Lapin. The interactive exhibition will allow show goers to interact with the art on their own comfort level by scanning QR codes to discover more about the artists, inspiration behind each piece, as well as shop additional works in their catalog on Whereyart.net. Art of Flavor: Part One is the first half of a dual-location exhibition – the second half, Art of Flavor: Part Two will open at Where Y’Art’s gallery on Royal Street in the Marigny on Saturday, April 14th.
More details about Where Y’Art at the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery can be found at http://old77hotel.com/explore-hotel/yart-77/.
About The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery
Located in the Warehouse Arts District – just three blocks from the French Quarter and a short stroll from the Convention Center – the 167-room Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery features art from the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts and Where Y’Art; a Chandlery retail space featuring items from New Orleans makers; award-winning cuisine from Chef Nina Compton at Compere Lapin and Tout La; free Wi-Fi; and Provenance Hotels’ signature Pillow and Spiritual menus. The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery can be found online at www.old77hotel.com.
About Provenance Hotels
Headquartered in Portland, Ore., Provenance Hotels develops award-winning urban boutique hotels with a distinct and deeply integrated art story. From sleep to peace of mind, Provenance Hotels’ signature pillow menu and spiritual menu have guests covered. All Provenance Hotels welcome man's best friend with pet-friendly accommodations and amenities ranging from pet bowls, beds and toys to a pet spiritual menu. The portfolio includes Hotel deLuxe, Hotel Lucia and Sentinel in Portland, Ore., Hotel Max in Seattle, Wash., Hotel Murano in Tacoma, Wash., Hotel Preston in Nashville, Tenn. and the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery in New Orleans, La. Provenance Hotels will open Hotel Theodore in Seattle in fall 2016 and can be found online at www.provenancehotels.com.
Lauren Busch and Anabel Mendez