Recipe from Edwin Baltzley, Palm Valley Fish Camp • Photography by Agnes Lopez
Chef’s Statement – Edwin Baltzley
“I saw this piece, and right away it reminded me of fresh spring air. The rocky, grassy mountainscape has a lot of color and breaks in color. There are what appear to be goats at the top of the mountainside, and a beautiful blue sky with just a tiny puff of cloud. I tried to take the colors and peace that are in this painting and translate them to a theme and color scheme on a plate. Grilled ramp buttermilk and goat cheese also reflect the idea of fresh cheeses and dairy being a large part of spring. All of the green, with budding flowers providing a break in color, along with chunks and scrapes of angled rock, make for a beautiful image. The very blue sky just adds to the overall positive feeling of the painting.”
The Art: John Singer Sargent (American, 1856 – 1925), In the Alps, 1911, oil on canvas. Purchased with funds from the Cummer Council AP.1990.20.1 (detail). Although John Singer Sargent was American, he spent most of his life abroad. His artistic training encouraged rapid painting rather than the execution of countless studies, and this expressive canvas showcases Sargent’s quick brushstrokes. Painted in the Simplon Pass in the Oberland Alps of Switzerland, this painting’s rocks and flowers emerge from its thick texture. Having gained fame as a portraitist, Sargent was able to suspend new portrait commissions after 1907 and devote his time to watercolors and landscapes.
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Grapes: 100% Garganega; Veneto, Italy
Description: Straw yellow with gold reflections. Sweet scents of elder and pear tree flowers followed by ripe apricots, pineapple and melon. Flavors of pineapple and melon with a good mid-palate weight and a long, mellow and harmonious finish.
Located near Verona in the province of Veneto in northeast Italy, Casa Vinicola Bertani is one of the region’s most important and influential wine producers. Bertani was founded in 1857 by brothers Gaetano and Giovan Battista Bertani, prosperous wine merchants who believed that quality winemaking held the key to the future. The Bertanis invested their funds in buying some of the finest vineyards in the province and making their own wines. As a result, unlike most other local producers, Vinicola Bertani owns its own vineyards and so is able to oversee the entire winemaking cycle from start to finish. Bertani owns vineyards and cellars in the Valpantena as well as land in the Soave area and in the areas around Lake Garda. The company headquarters are in the original cellars in Grezzana, north-east of Verona, where the historic vineyards are still to be found and where the work of vinification, aging and bottling take place today. This wine has been produced at Bertani since its founding.