KWAG and Red House: Feast for the Senses

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Chef Dan McCowan of Red House in Uptown Waterloo is the featured chef at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery’s (KWAG) Feast for the Senses event on Thursday, November 14.

The event, now in its tenth year, pairs a multi-course tasting menu with drink pairings selected by Red House beverage manager Ainsley Szvitak and is inspired by the Gallery’s fall exhibition and the works of Vancouver-based artist Adad Hannah.

Guests will be treated to a guided tour of Glints and Reflections, in which Hannah uses photography, video, installation and performance to create “living pictures” that reference iconic works from western art history and personal histories alike.

For his part, Dan McCowan has selected a number of artworks from this exhibition as inspiration for his locally-sourced cuisine, with each dish serving as a culinary interpretation of a specific work of art.

“At Feast for the Senses, we aim to draw a link between great contemporary art and the idea of food as art as imagined by some of the best chefs in this region,” says Shirley Madill, KWAG’s Executive Director.

McCowan at Red House Uptown Waterloo (Photo/Red House Facebook).

“We believe that chefs and sommeliers are artists and what they do an art form. I look forward to what Chef Dan McCowan and Ainsley Szvitak have in store for another great evening at KWAG.”

McCowan is Scarborough-born but raised in Waterloo Region. A graduate of George Brown College, he has Red Seal Certification and has worked at Oliver & Bonacini’s Jump in Toronto and locally with The Charcoal Group of restaurants, for whom he helped open The Bauer Kitchen as chef de cuisine.

He opened his own restaurant, Red House in Uptown Waterloo, a few years ago. McCowan focusses on fresh, original cuisine served with local ingredients.

Limited tickets to Feast for the Senses 10 remain on sale for $68 (plus HST) and are available online at www.kwag.ca/feast or by phone at 519-579-5860 x100. (Please note that guests must be age 19 or older to attend.)

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