by Mel Gardner
Museum of Art Café "crosses bridges" with new middle eastern menu for Islamic art exhibit
The Museum of Art Café introduces its new Middle Eastern menu in
collaboration with the new Islamic art exhibit at the Brigham Young
University Museum of Art.
The new exhibit titled "Beauty and Belief: Crossing Bridges with the
Arts of Islamic Culture" strives to create dialogue, build bridges and
bring different cultures together. In response to this cause, the MOA
Café created an authentic Middle Eastern menu to introduce the BYU
community to the delicious side of culture, allowing patrons visiting
the exhibit to indulge in the artistry and flavors of middle eastern
"We are very excited to have the MOA Café offer authentic cuisine
during the exhibition," Yvette Arts, assistant to the dean for the
College of Fine Arts and Communications said. "It adds a nice touch to
the experience for our visitors."
Chefs with BYU Dining including Executive Chef John McDonald spent
several weeks researching Turkish, Lebanese and other Middle Eastern
flavors to find the right dishes to introduce to the BYU community.
"We did a lot of testing of ingredients to come up with the direction
we decided to go," Chef McDonald said. "We especially did a lot of
different testing to come up with our pita bread."
Dishes on the menu include a shawarma chicken platter or sandwich,
Turkish salad with chicken, and yalanji (stuffed grape leaves). Side
dishes such as hummus, tabbouleh (Arab salad), basmati rice and pita
bread compliment the meal. The MOA Café has even made some desserts
including semolina cake (honey cake) and baklava (flaky pastry).
"The flavors of the Middle East are very fresh and vibrant flavors,"
he said."The menu should be a nice addition to the menu for the season."
The MOA Café will serve the Middle Eastern menu in addition to its
regular dishes beginning Feb. 21 until the end of winter semester. The
MOA Café is closed during spring and summer semesters and will reopen
for fall semester.
"Beauty and Belief" opens Feb. 24 and ends Sept. 29. The exhibition
includes more than 250 works of art from more than 40 lenders in ten
countries and will be displayed in the galleries on the main level of
the museum. For more information about the exhibit visit beauty-and-belief.byu.edu.