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Thu, Sep 12


Var Gallery & Studios


Paired: a fusion of food, art, cocktails, and music

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Time & Location

Sep 12, 2019, 6:00 PM

Var Gallery & Studios, 643 S 2nd St, Milwaukee, WI 53204, USA

About the Event

Dinner prepared by Josh Mendiola:

Josh Mendiola is a cook with a passion for quality ingredients and delicious food. With a style leaning towards contemporary Filipino with a mix of Spanish/Southeast Asian cuisine, Josh crafts every dish in his unique way while staying true to his roots and heritage.

A note from Josh: "I realized that I wanted to present Filipino food the way I grew up on it. Early on my life all I ate was Filipino food which consists of rice and an assortment of 'ulam' (different protein and vegetable dishes) and as I migrated to the U.S., I quickly assimilated to American cuisine. As I continue to grow as a cook, I want to be able to represent both cultures and bridge a gap for other immigrants. My cooking is uniquely my own, yet I strive to represent the flavors of the country I was born in."

Post dinner performance with Anthony Deutsch:

Anthony Deutsch is a Milwaukee-based pianist/vocalist/composer. Presently, Deutsch freelances in a wide array of performative opportunities and continues to compose music for his original lyrical heart-song project, “Father Sky”

For nearly two decades, his musical journey has been largely informed by an unwavering thirst for truth and self-expression. Embodying both the light and darkness of the human experience, Deutsch aims to invoke a timeless presence.

Improvisation is at the heart of his artistry. “Improvisation is the act of being present. One must listen beyond their own narrative, embody that at hand, and produce a fruitful compositional offering. It is difficult and fleeting, but may yield deep beauty.”

Of citing musical influences, he notes: “Some of my favorite music is that of birds in a park or natural space - Bach is nice, too. Each moment in this life is an opportunity to find inspiration. This does not requisite sonic complexion. Sound and its absence are of the same origin.”


Dinner Menu

Snacks :


rice | adobo | chili flakes

Bagoong :

tart apple | shrimp paste | caramel

Course 1 :


roasted maitake | lacto-fermented raspberry | “sweet n’ sour” sauce | coriander creme fraiche

Course 2 :

Filipino Spaghetti

street noodles | sweet tomato sauce | cave aged cheddar

Course 3:


banana leaf roasted pork | coconut braised kale | buckwheat | lemongrass oil | chilies

Dessert :

Maja Blanca

coconut curd | bruleed corn | sky flakes crumble | chevre

* Tentative menu based on the farmer’s produce availability

* Everything is gluten-free but the bagoong, filipino spaghetti, and laing have meat/fish products


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