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A Perfect Combo: Art and French Cuisine

ART ENIGMATA

ART ENIGMATA

ART ENIGMATA

By Dennis Lanson

The opening of La Bastide, a new restaurant just five kilometers up the road to Dolores Hidalgo, allows Sanmiguelenses to indulge in French country cuisine, with an emphasis on traditional dishes. Now customers can also indulge in a feast for the eyes, as the colorful art of local artist Erica Daborn hangs on La Bastide’s walls.

La Bastide owner Eric Gueguen, born in Brittany, France, has spent 30 years as a restaurateur and chef, the last 25 of them in Mexico. Recently he moved with his life and business partner, Tayde, from Puebla to San Miguel de Allende and opened La Bastide, where one can have classic French dishes like soupe à l’oignon and boeuf Bourguignon. It also features dishes like saumon à l’Armoricaine, mussels Marinière, foie gras, confit de canard, and tarte tatin.

Gueguen trained with renowned chefs in France and the US. Some years ago, he designed a culinary arts degree program with the Alain Ducasse Formation Institute at the University of the Americas in Puebla. For two years, he was the Institute’s head of the culinary arts department.

The partnership between food and art here happened when Gueguen recently got to talking Daborn, a regular customer, about her art. Visiting her website, he fell in love with the colorful narrative paintings Daborn has created here in San Miguel. Some of those now appear in Enigmata a series now gracing the restaurant’s walls.

The exhibit opens with a reception Friday, November 9, at 6 pm at the restaurant. Guegen and Daborn anticipate an enthusiastic crowd of art lovers and friends and hope many will choose to stay on for dinner. All ten paintings are for sale.

Erica Daborn, a graduate of the Royal College of Art in London, taught drawing for 20 years at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Her work is in public collections, including at the British Museum. Last year, her monumental series of mural drawings about climate change, Diálogos Con La Madre Tierra, exhibited here at Bellas Artes and got positive reviews.

About the exhibit she says, “We all enjoy stories, from mythology to the movies on a Saturday night. They are the way we connect to the bigger picture, the way we experiment with a response to challenging events. Through stories, we experience the exotic, the traumatic, and the unfamiliar. But unlike fairy stories or moral tales, myths or movies, the stories in these paintings have no beginning or end. They show only fragments of the human drama, neither disclosing what has preceded the moment they capture nor indicating what will follow.”

La Bastide is located directly at the turn to Taboada (La Vista) on the road to Dolores Hidalgo.

 

Art Opening

Enigmata

Paintings by Erica Daborn

Fri, Nov 9, 6–8pm

La Bastide Restaurant

5km up the road to Dolores Hidalgo

415 110 2238

 

 

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