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Patina Restaurant Group brings ‘Dining with the Sultan’ exhibit to life at Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Nathan Washburn (right), executive chef for Patina Restaurant Group at Ray’s and Stark Bar at Los Angeles County Museum of
Art (LACMA), worked closely with Arabic studies scholar Daniel Newman (left) to host a historically accurate meal for guests in honor of LACMA exhibit, “Dining with the Sultan: The Fine Art of Feasting.”

Delaware North’s Patina Catering and Patina Restaurant Group’s team at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) on June 13 hosted an exclusive culinary event, “Dine like a Sultan.”

More than 40 guests enjoyed a multicourse meal inspired by a new major international exhibition at LACMA, “Dining with the Sultan: The Fine Art of Feasting,” the first exhibition to present Islamic art in the context of its associated culinary traditions.

Patina’s culinary team collaborated with Daniel Newman, chair and professor of Arabic studies at the University of Durham in the United Kingdom, to create dishes inspired by recipes from 9th century Baghdad, 13th century Andalusia and 15th century Cairo.

“The event was a rare and exciting opportunity for our team to explore food through a highly focused historical lens,” said Nathan Washburn, executive chef of Ray’s and Stark Bar at LACMA. “Through the spirited guidance of Professor Daniel Newman, we were introduced to a style of service and vivid spectrum of ingredients that fully expressed the crossroads of antiquity, opulence and service. It was truly memorable to bring this unique and profound exhibit to life.”