Nutripolitan Museum of Art
This pop-up gallery in New York City presents high-brow art for nuts of all ages.user rating
Showcasing the finer side of a staple condiment, Peanut Butter & Co. and the National Peanut Board co-hosted the opening of the Nutripolitan Museum of Art at New York’s Openhouse Gallery Thursday, March 3. The pop-up gallery is exhibiting photographs of stunning food art, highlighting the event’s ingredient of honor: peanuts.
Food stylist Patty White and food photographer Theresa Raffetto contributed their talents to these beautifully peanut butter-inspired platings that danced the line between playfully charming and downright artistic.
The exhibit’s opening night included a selection of hors d’oeuvres, such as peanut cole slaw and chicken satay with a spicy peanut sauce, showing off the versatility of the most popular nut. Mixologists were on hand serving peanut cocktails: the PB&J Hooray, made with Three Olives Purple Vodka and egg whites shaken over ice, garnished with peanut butter whipped cream; and the Peanut Butter Java Whiplash, with Three Olives Purple Vodka, chocolate and espresso vodka, shaken with milk and served with peanut butter whipped cream and graham cracker crumbs.
Open to the public for three days only (Friday, March 4 through Sunday, March 6), attendees will be able to view such artworks as “Starry Sandwich”—a tasty interpretation of Edvard Munch’s “Starry Night,” featuring a star-shaped open-face brioche with honey-flavored peanut butter and starfruit over an image of the namesake painting; “Sandwich Artist”—a sliced-bread painter’s palette sporting dollops of peanut butter and colorful jellies; and “Peanuptial Agreement,” a wedding cake whose main ingredient is—you guessed it—peanut butter. Displayed alongside the original art are sneak peeks of the National Peanut Board’s new campaign for the health benefits of peanuts in a balanced diet.
Each day features great family-friendly activities, including Meet a Peanut Farmer and Create Your Own PB&J Art. For some added incentive, attendees receive a free jar of Peanut Butter & Co. peanut butter, and for each jar handed out, a second will be donated to the Food Bank for New York City. Check out the exhibit if you’re in the NYC area, or visit http://ilovepeanutbutter.com/nutropolitan to see the artwork and learn more about the nutritional superfood that is the peanut.—Eva Meszaros